In Pics: A Tearful Farewell To Dr. Hathi Of Taarak Mehta

Kavi Kumar Azaad who had become a household name as Dr. Hathi of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah was cremated a few hours ago. His family and loved ones bid a tearful farewell to the actor...

Senior actor Kavi Kumar Azaad’s mortal remains were cremated at the Mira Road crematorium a few hours ago. His presence will be missed sorely.

Apart from family, his co-stars from the show Champak Lal Gada (Amit Bhatt), Taarak Mehta (Shailesh Lodha), Anjali Taarak Mehta (Neha Mehta), Aatmaram Tukaram Bhide (Mandar Chandwarkar), Sonu (Nidhi Bhanushali), Roshan Singh Sodi (Gurucharan Singh), Roshan Singh Sodi (Jennifer Mistry), Popatlal Pandey (Shyam Pathak), Abdul (Sharad Sankla), Rita Reporter ( Priya Ahuja Rajda),  Inspector Chalu Pandey ( Daya Shanker Pandey), Tapu (Bhavya Gandhi), Pinku (Azhar Shaikh) were present for the actor’s last rites.

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’s producer Asit Kumarr Modi and director Harshad Joshi were also present.

Here are some more pictures from the crematorium.

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The show's entire team is in a state of shock over Kavi's sudden death, which occurred after a massive cardiac arrest yesterday morning.

We had spoken to the younger lot from the show who loved him in particular, because he spent maximum time with them on the sets. We had also spoken to Dilip Joshi (Jethalal) and Mandar Chandwadkar (Bhide) and they had heart-breaking reactions.

Dilip had said, "It is very, very shocking for me. I got a call from the set about this. I am shaken up. I still can’t believe that he is no more with us."

Mandar had told us, "It’s such a shocking news. This morning we all were supposed to shoot for a sequence together at Filmcity.  But then we came to know he is unwell so we decided to let him rest and go ahead with the scene without him. I will only say he completed all his work before leaving us. This was a fresh scene which we were supposed to shoot (crying). He didn’t leave anything incomplete. He was such a happy go lucky man. I still can’t believe that he is not with us. We used to sit together, eat together. As soon as he used to come, even before greeting us with  a good morning, he used to ask, 'Tiffin mein kya laya hai?' He was a foodie in real life also. He is irreplaceable. Sahi maayane mein Azad ho gaya. I am sorry, I have to keep the phone, I can’t talk any more."

Kavi had been unwell since the past three days but none of his colleagues expected the worst. Kavi was rushed to Wockhardt Hospital at Mira Road when he complained of uneasiness but was declared dead on arrival.

May his soul rest in peace.

SpotboyE.com offers deepest condolences to Kavi's family.

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