Following the demise of the actor Kavi Kumar Azad, the makers of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah have been trying their best to find a replacement. Reportedly, many have auditioned, but none of them have been finalized. A source close to the show recently revealed to the daily SpotboyE the actual reason behind not being able to finalize the actor to play Dr Haathi's role and we totally agree with that. Actor Kavi Kumar passed away last month (July, 2018) after suffering a cardiac arrest.
The source said, "Kavi was extremely funny. You saw him and you started laughing- not because of his weight but because of his facial expressions. He was all the time so good at his job, the character had almost got into him even in his daily life. It has just not been possible to get someone even remotely close as him till now."
The source further added, "We definitely want someone as Dr Haathi in the episodes ahead, but we surely cannot cast anybody for just the heck of it. Kavi raised the standards so high that the next Dr Hathi will have to be at least extraordinary if not as good as him."
Kavi Kumar Azad originally hailed from Bihar. He had always dreamed of being an actor. Dr Haathi's role on Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah offered him his first big break. He entered the SAB TV show replacing actor Nirmal Soni.
Talking about finding Kavi's replacement, a source had previously told Indian Express, "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 Kumarr 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 fact that Kavi Kumar was an exceptional actor is undeniable. Though one can't do justice to Dr Haathi's role the way Azad did, the show must go on. We look forward to seeing Dr Haathi back on the show soon.