Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chasmah is one of the most popular shows of the small screen. Thus, the news of telly actor Kavi Kumar Azad aka Dr Haathi’s demise came as a big shock to everybody. It is indeed going to be difficult for fans to imagine other actor playing the beloved character. However, makers have confirmed that Dr Haathi will be replaced as it is the actor who passed away but the character is still alive. After the unfortunate news surfaced, people were curious to know about the makers’ next step.
While talking to a leading entertainment portal, Asit Kumarr Modi, creator of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chasmah, said, “We will have to replace Dr Haathi, if you want to know. It’s the actor who has passed away, not the character.”
Kavi died of cardiac arrest on July 9. His untimely death shocked everybody along with his co-stars. The producer of the show released an official statement confirming the news. He told to IANS, “We are very sad to inform the loss of our senior actor Kavi Kumar Azad. He was playing the character of Dr Hathi in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah. We lost him to a massive cardiac arrest today morning.”
Mandar Chandwadkar aka Bhide was shocked with his co-star’s death. He told an entertainment portal that it is hard to believe that Kavi is no more with them. Speculations were also rife that superstar Salman Khan paid the bill of Kavi’s hospital treatment. However, nothing confirmed has been said on the same.
Lately, the team also paid an emotional tribute to the actor. The video had Dr Haathi’s emotional and funny moments from the show.
On a related note, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chasmah recently completed its 2500 episodes. The show also features Dilip Joshi, Disha Vakani, Shailesh Lodha and many other actors in pivotal roles.