Disha Vakani

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Disha Vakani
Disha Vakani at ITA awards.jpg
Disha Vakani at ITA awards
Born (1978-09-17) 17 September 1978 (age 41)
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
EducationGujarat College , Ahmedabad
Years active1997-present
Known forTaarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah
Mayur Padia (m. 2015)
ChildrenStuti Padia
RelativesMayur Vakani (Brother)

Disha Padia (née Vakani) (born 17 September 1978)[1] 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.[2] She has appeared in supporting roles in Hindi films like Devdas (2002) and Jodhaa Akbar (2008).[3] She has played the lead role of Daya Jethalal Gada in SAB TV's sitcom Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah since 2008.[4][5][6] She went on maternity leave in September 2017 and returned to the show in October 2019.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Disha Vakani was born in a Gujarati Jain family in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. She graduated in Dramatics from Gujarat College in Ahmedabad.[2] She married a Mumbai-based chartered accountant named Mayur Padia on 24 November 2015.[9][10] On 27 November 2017, a girl named Stuti Padia was born to them.[7] Her brother Mayur Vakani also plays her on-screen brother Sundar Lal in the television serial Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah.


Year Film Role
1997 Kamsin: The Untouched Disha (Lead Role)
1999 Phool Aur Aag
2002 Paiso Maro Parmeshwar
2002 Devdas Sakhi
2005 Mangal Pandey: The Rising Yasmin
2006 Jaana... Let's Fall in Love Salma Disa
2008 Jodhaa Akbar Madhavi
C Kkompany Widow of Railway Employee
Love Story 2050 Maid


Year Title Role Channel Notes
2004 Khichdi StarPlus Guest appearance
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


Year Award Category Show Result
2009 9th Indian Telly Awards Best Actor in a Comic Role – Female (Popular) Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah Won[2]
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)


  1. ^ "Daya Ben aka Disha Vakani turns a year older". The Times of India. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "I enjoy acting: Disha Vakani". Mumbai Mirror. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  3. ^ Jhumari Nigam-Misra (12 November 2009). "Pretty women". Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Comedy Inc". 1 July 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Character's the KING". Indian Express. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Funny female bone". The Times of India. 21 June 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Confirmed! Disha Vakani not returning as Dayaben on 'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah'". dna. 23 January 2019. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "Dayaben of 'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah' aka Disha Vakani ties the knot". Daily News and Analysis. 25 November 2015.
  10. ^ "TV actress Disha Vakani ties the knot!". India Today. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2017.

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