Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah lost a gem when Kavi Kumar Azad aka Dr. Hathi breathed his last on July 9. He suffered a cardiac arrest while he was at a hospital in Mira Road. Kavi’s character Dr. Hathi is one of the iconic characters of the show that never fails to tickle the funny bones. He is one of the funniest and also one of the most loved characters on television. After the sad demise of Kavi Kumar Azad, the makers are now considering a replacement. While speaking to a portal Asit Modi, the producer of the show said, “We will have to replace Dr. Hathi if you want to know. It’s the actor who has passed away, not the character.” According to the latest reports, they have almost found the replacement.
As per the reports of Indian Express, a source close to them informed, “Dr. Hathi is a very important part of the show. The audience loves him and so the makers want to retain the character. Producer Asit Kumar Modi is personally looking into the casting and wants the perfect replacement. While it’s really hard to find someone as talented as Kavi, we are doing our best. We should have a confirmation about the replacement soon.” The source further revealed that actor Nirmal Soni, who played the role of Dr. Hathi earlier might come back to play it again. Kavi replaced Nirmal in 2009.
The untimely demise of Kavi has left the entire cast and crew heartbroken and shocked. The team paid their last respects by sharing a video compiling moments of Kavi from the show. In one of the statements, Asit called Kavi an amazing actor and said, “He truly loved the show and always came for the shoot even if he was not feeling well. He called today morning that he is not well and will not be able to come for the shoot. And later we got the news that he passed away. We are all too numb to say anything.”