Disha Vakani

Disha Padia (née Vakani) (born 17 September 1978)[1] is an Indian film and television actress.

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

Early life

Disha Vakani was born in a Gujarati Jain family in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. She graduated in Dramatics from Gujarat College in Ahmedabad.[2]


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 for a cameo.[7][8]

Personal life

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 Sundarlal in 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. "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. "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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