And he is finally here. After much to and fro, Nirmal Soni has returned to Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah as Dr Hathi. was the first to break the news that the actor has been signed on for the role. When Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah commenced in 2008, Nirmal played Dr Hathi. Few years later, he exited the show and Kavi Kumar Azad replaced him. Now, he has re-entered the show playing the same character.

The untimely demise Kavi Kumar Azad left fans and the team shattered. The actor died of cardiac arrest on July 9. While the show’s cast continues to mourn his death, the show must go on. In Asit Modi’s words, “It is the actor who has passed away, not the character. We will have to replace him.”Dr Haathi And Onscreen Wife Komal Haathi
Dr Hathi And On-screen Wife Komal Haathi

Nirmal Soni will make an entry during the ‘Ganpati track’ to be aired tonight. The episode will see the members of Gokuldham are unhappy and dejected as they are unable to bring Ganpati owing to floods. Just then, Dr Hathi wades through the water carrying a Ganesha idol on his head. The residents are joyous and it is time for double celebration for them.
Dr Haathi Carrying Lord Ganesh Idol
Dr Hathi Carrying Lord Ganesha Idol

Talking about his re-entry in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, Nirmal Soni says, ''Life is a circle and I feel extremely happy to be a part of this show again after a decade and meet all my co-artists. The entire team has been so supportive and co-operative. I’m happy that I got the opportunity to play Dr. Haathi’s character again after 10 years. It is incredible to see Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah running so strongly and I am grateful to its creator and producer Asit Modi for re-considering me.''

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