Disha Vakani

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Disha Vakani
Disha Vakani at ITA awards.jpg
Disha Vakani at 10th Indian Telly Awards
Born Disha Vakani
(1978-09-17) 17 September 1978 (age 35)[citation needed]
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Other names Dayaben Garba queen
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Known for Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah
Disha Vakani with Ajay Devgn on the sets of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah during Bol Bachchan Promotion

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.

Early life[edit]

Vakani grew up in Bhavnagar, Gujarat,[1] 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.[2]

Personal life[edit]

She lives in Kandivli, Mumbai.[2] 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

Career[edit]

Vakani started her career as a stage actor, acting in popular Gujarati plays like Kamal Patel v/s Dhamal Patel, and Lali Lila,[2] before moving to small roles in films like Devdas (2002) and Jodha Akbar (2008).[3] 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.[1][4] 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,[5] 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.[6]

She went on win the Indian Television Academy Awards for Best Actress - Comedy twice in 2008 and 2009.[2] She also appeared in the Tide commercial.

Disha Vakani In Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah[edit]

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. [7]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role
1997 Kamsin: The Untouched
1999 Phool Aur Aag
2002 Devdas Sakhi 1
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

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Channel Notes
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

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Show
2008 Indian Television Academy Awards ITA Award for Best Actress - Comedy shared with Supriya Pathak [2] 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 [2]
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
2014 Zee Gold Awards best actor in comic role female Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Disha Vakani misses theatre". The Times of India. Nov 5, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "I enjoy acting: Disha Vakani". Mumbai Mirror. Dec 30, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ Jhumari Nigam-Misra (November 12, 2009). "Pretty women". Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Comedy Inc". Jul 1, 2010. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Character’s the KING". Indian Express. Nov 25, 2010. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Funny female bone". The Times of India. Jun 21, 2009. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.filmyfolks.com/kmh/disha-wakani.shtml

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