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Is Nirmal Soni the new Dr Hathi in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah? The actor responds

Nirmal Soni has said that while he has read reports that he might play Dr Hathi on Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, he has not been approached by the makers.

tv Updated: Jul 19, 2018 15:22 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Dr Hathi,Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah,Kavi Kumar Azad
Nirmal Soni played Dr Hathi on Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah when the show had just started.

Kavi Kumar Azad played Dr Hathi on Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma for eight long years and his untimely death left the makers of the show in a dilemma. Should Dr Hathi’s track end with the actor’s death or should they scout for a new actor to play the character? Recently, the show’s producer Asit Kumarr Modi confirmed that they are indeed looking for a new actor and the first actor everyone zoomed in on was Nirmal Soni, who was the original Dr Hathi.

In an interview to Spotboye, the actor who played Dr Hathi for one year when the show had just started has clarified that he is yet to get a call from the makers. Nirnal said, “How can I reply to this? I haven’t got any call from them. Let them call me first and then I will think.”

Is the actor eligible to play the role though? “I am 150 kg right now. I can’t decide if I am eligible or not,” he explained. If approached for the character of Dr Hathi, Nirmal said he will surely think about it.

On Friday, Taarak Mehta maker Asit Kumarr Modi had said, “We will have to replace Dr Hathi. It’s the actor who has passed away, not the character.” Kavi Kumar Azad, who played Dr Hathi on the show for eight years, died after suffering a cardiac arrest on July 9. He was cremated on July 10 at Mumbai’s Mira Road Crematorium and most of his co-stars were there to pay their final respects. Azad had replaced Nirmal Soni on the show.

Nirmal Soni is currently working on a show to be aired on Star Plus called Nazar.

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First Published: Jul 19, 2018 15:21 IST