Disha Vakani at ITA awards
|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Education||Gujarat College , Ahmedabad|
|Known for||Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah|
Mayur Padia (m. 2015)
|Relatives||Mayur Vakani (Brother)|
Disha Padia (née Vakani) (born 17 September 1978) is an Indian film and television actress. She started her career as a stage actress in Gujarati theatre like Kamal Patel v/s Dhamal Patel and Lali Lila. She has appeared in supporting roles in Hindi films like Devdas (2002) and Jodhaa Akbar (2008). She has played the lead role of Daya Jethalal Gada in SAB TV's sitcom Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah since 2008. She went on maternity leave in September 2017 and returned to the show in October 2019.
Disha Vakani was born in a Gujarati Jain family in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. She graduated in Dramatics from Gujarat College in Ahmedabad. She married a Mumbai-based chartered accountant named Mayur Padia on 24 November 2015. On 27 November 2017, a girl named Stuti Padia was born to them. Her brother Mayur Vakani also plays her on-screen brother Sundar Lal in the television serial Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah.
|1997||Kamsin: The Untouched||Disha (Lead Role)|
|1999||Phool Aur Aag|
|2002||Paiso Maro Parmeshwar|
|2005||Mangal Pandey: The Rising||Yasmin|
|2006||Jaana... Let's Fall in Love||Salma Disa|
|C Kkompany||Widow of Railway Employee|
|Love Story 2050||Maid|
|2004 – 2005||Aahat||Bina||Sony Entertainment Television||Episodic Role|
|2006 - 2007||Resham Dankh||Star One|
|2008 – 2017
|Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah||Daya Jethalal Gada||SAB TV||Lead Role|
|2014||CID||Sony Entertainment Television||4 episodes - crossover|
|2009||9th Indian Telly Awards||Best Actor in a Comic Role – Female (Popular)||Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah||Won|
|Indian Television Academy Awards||Best Actress - Comedy|
|2010||3rd Zee Gold Awards||Best Comic Actor (Popular)|
|10th Indian Telly Awards||Best Actor in a Comic Role – Female (Popular)|
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- "Confirmed! Disha Vakani not returning as Dayaben on 'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah'". dna. 23 January 2019. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
- "Asit Modi on replacing Disha Vakani on Taarak Mehta Ko Ooltah Chashmah: No one is bigger than the show". India Today. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
- "Dayaben of 'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah' aka Disha Vakani ties the knot". Daily News and Analysis. 25 November 2015.
- "TV actress Disha Vakani ties the knot!". India Today. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
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