Disha Vakani at 10th Indian Telly Awards
17 September 1978 
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
|Other names||Dayaben Garba queen|
|Known for||Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah|
Disha Vakani (born 17 September 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 quite famous.
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.
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. 
|1997||Kamsin: The Untouched|
|1999||Phool Aur Aag|
|2005||Mangal Pandey: The Rising||Yasmin|
|2006||Jaana... Let's Fall in Love||Salma Disa|
|2006||what's your rashee|
|2008||C Kkompany||Widow Of 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|
- "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 1, 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.
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