Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is one of the most popular comedy shows of television. The show has been running for almost 10 years and has continued to be among the top 10 shows in BARC India's viewership list. The show never fails to crack up the viewer with their jokes. But it was a dark day for all when Kavi Azad who played the role of Dr Hathi passed away. Kavi Kumar Azad aka Dr Hathi breathed his last on July 9. He suffered a severe cardiac attack and passed away at a Mira Road Hospital. Thus after the unfortunate loss, the makers were left with no option but to search for a replacement. Earlier, before Kavi, the role was played by Nirmal Soni and rumours were rife that he will be taking up the role again. Well, finally, after two months, here's the confirmed news that Nirmal has indeed come onboard for the project.
The makers searched for a replacement and after some shortlisting have finalised Nirmal. A source from the show close to Pune Mirror revealed, “The team had shortlisted two other actors too but they were not very convincing on camera and Nirmal was finalised a few days ago. The new Dr Hathi will be revealed in the Monday episode as Nirmal and his onscreen wife, Ambika Ranjankar, perform the first Ganesh aarti in the show this year.” This will be indeed a good surprise for the fans on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.
However, earlier when Nirmal was asked if at all he is doing the show or not, he had said, "How can I reply to this? I haven t got any call from them." He further said that he has read the reports that suggest his name. He told, "Yes, I read those reports. But honestly, that is also news for me." When enquired by the same if he would take up the role or not he said, "It's too early to comment on that. Let them call me first and then I will think. Currently, I am doing a TV show but I am not supposed to talk about it much. It's called Nazar and will be aired on STAR Plus. If Team Taarak calls me, I can give it a thought." Well, we guess Nirmal did give a thought to it and took it up.
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