Dr. Hathi from Tarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma does not need an introduction as the show is one of the most popular ones in our country.
However, there’s a sad news for the fans as Kavi Kumar Azad who played our favorite Dr, Hathi passed away today due to cardiac arrest.
Azad was unwell and was rushed to Mumbai’s Wokhardt Hospital after he complained of discomfort. However, doctors announced him dead on arrival. Reports said a post-mortem is being conducted and the actor’s parents, who had gone to attend a wedding in Lucknow, are returning to Mumbai.
The producer of the show Asit Kumarr Modi confirmed the news and stated that the others were too upset to react to his sudden demise. The producer also mentioned how the actor was a very positive person and always showed up for the shoot despite being unwell.
Asit informed that the actor had called this morning and informed that he wouldn’t be coming for the shoot was he was feeling uneasy. Asit had no idea that the situation was going to be this serious as hours after the call, he was informed that Kavi Kumar passed away.
Kavi played the role of Dr Haathi on Taarak Mehta for almost eight years, having replaced actor Nirmal Soni, who played the role for a year since the show’s start from 2009.
Apart from working on the small screen, Azad had also featured in a few films including Aamir Khan’s Mela and Funtoosh.
He was one of the most prominent characters of Taarak Mehta that has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for ‘airing the highest number of episodes’ on television, both original and repeat. On June 28 this year, the cast and crew celebrated not the end of 2500 episodes but towards the show’s 5000th episode.
We hope his soul rests in peace as we shall cherish his acting and humor forever.