Disha Vakani at 10th Indian Telly Awards
17 September 1978 
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
|Known for||Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah|
Disha Vakani (born 17 August 1978) is an Indian television actress, who has also acted in some Bollywood films and TV commercials. She is most known for her role as Daya Jethalal Gada in the popular comedy series Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah on SAB TV. She is paired opposite Dilip Joshi who plays the role of Jethalal Champaklal Gada and their on screen chemistry is much famous and appreciated.
Vakani grew up in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, where her father Bhim Vakani was a noted personality of Gujarati theatre, and she started acting in plays as a child actor. After her schooling, she graduated in the Dramatic arts from Gujarat College in Ahmedabad.
Vakani started her career as a stage actor, acting in popular Gujarati plays like Kamal Patel v/s Dhamal Patel, and Lali Lila, before moving to small roles in films like Devdas (2002) and Jodha Akbar (2008). However her breakthrough role came in 2008, she was casted in the role of Daya Jethalal Gada or Daya-Ben in the comedy series Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah on SAB TV, along with actor Dilip Joshi, who plays her husband, which made her household name. As her popularity rose, within a year, the role was expanded, unlike the original Gujarati play, by columnist and journalist Taarak Mehta, where her character only had a minor role. Her popular grating voice in the series, was based on the broken voices of Gujarati theatre actor of old times, when without the presence of mikes, actors has scream out their dialogues and thus their voices soon became gravelly.
She lives in Kandivli, Mumbai. Mayur Vakani who plays the character of Sundarlal, Daya's brother in the serial, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, is her real brother. She is not married yet and waiting for the right person in her life.
Disha Vakani In Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah
Disha Vakani is playing the lead role of Daya Jethalal Gada in the popular comedy serial Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah which airs on SAB TV. She is paired opposite Dilip Joshi who plays the role of Jethalal Gada and their on screen chemistry is much famous and appreciated. Mayur Vakani who plays the character of Sundarlal, Daya's brother in the serial is her real brother.Daya Jethalal Gada, is an uneducated, family oriented woman, who has studied till class 7. She is always ready to dance the "Garba"(Gujarati folk dance) and people call her "Garba Queen". She is from Ahmedabad. She is shown to be always on the phone with her mother, who finds new and funny names for Jethalal. She calls Jethalal "Tapu Ke Papa" as she, like many Indian housewife, thinks it is a sin to utter her husband's name. Jethalal often scolds her. Despite this, there is love and unity between the two main protagonists of this show. 
Disha Wakani and Dilip Joshi
Disha Wakani and Dilip Joshi are the lead characters in the show Taarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashmah. Disha Wakani is playing the role of Daya Jethalal Gada. Paired opposite her is Dilip Joshi, who plays the role of Jethalal Gada. Their on-screen chemistry is very famous.
Disha Wakani in Jodhaa akbar
Jodhaa Akbar was an Indian epic historical drama film released on 15 February 2008. Disha played the role of Madhvi(friend of Jodhaa) in this movie.
Disha Wakani In Devdas
Devdas is a 2002 Bollywood novel adapted film based on the 1917 Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay novella Devdas. She played a small role of Sakhi in this movie.
|1997||Kamsin: The Untouched|
|1999||Phool Aur Aag|
|2005||Mangal Pandey: The Rising||Yasmin|
|2006||Jaana... Let's Fall in Love||Salma Disa|
|2008||C Kkompany||Widow Of A Railway Employee|
|2008||Jodha Akbar||Madhavi (Friend of Jodha)|
|2008||Love Story 2050|
|2004||Khichdi||Nurse / Thief / Teacher||STAR Plus||Guest Appearance|
|2005||Instant Khichdi||Nisha||STAR One||Guest Appearance|
|2008–Present||Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah||Daya Jethalal Gada||SAB TV||Lead Role|
|2010||Kaun Banega Crorepati 4||Herself||Sony TV||Guest Appearance|
|2010||Indian Idol 5||Herself||Sony TV||Guest Appearance|
|2008||Indian Television Academy Awards||ITA Award for Best Actress - Comedy shared with Supriya Pathak ||Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah|
|2009||9th Indian Telly Awards||Best Actor in a Comic Role – Female (Popular)|
|New Talent Awards||Best New Actor In A Comic Role|
|Indian Television Academy Awards||ITA Award for Best Actress - Comedy |
|2010||3rd Zee Gold Awards||Best Comic Actor(Popular)|
|10th Indian Telly Awards||Best Actor in a Comic Role – Female (Popular)|
|16th Lions Gold Awards||Lions Favourite Actress In A Comic Role|
|2011||4th Zee Gold Awards||Best Comic Actress(Popular)|
|2012||11th Indian Telly Awards||Best Actor in a Comic Role – Female (Jury)|
|Sab Ke Anokhe Awards||Sab Se Anokha Naach|
|Sab Se Anokhi Jodi Along with Dilip Joshi|
|5th Zee Gold Awards||Best Comic Actress(Popular)|
|2013||12th Indian Telly Awards||Best Actor in a Comic Role – Female (Jury)|
|1st Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards India||Best TV Character Female|
- "Disha Vakani misses theatre". The Times of India. Nov 5, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- "I enjoy acting: Disha Vakani". Mumbai Mirror. Dec 30, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- Jhumari Nigam-Misra (November 12, 2009). "Pretty women". Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- "Comedy Inc". Jul 01 2010. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- "Character’s the KING". Indian Express. Nov 25 2010. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- "Funny female bone". The Times of India. Jun 21, 2009. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
She Was VJ in ETV Gujarati Music Programm Before she Came to Mumbai
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