Disha Vakani (Daya Ben) Biography, Husband, Family, And More

Disha Vakani (Daya Ben)

Disha Vakani was born on September 17, 1978, in a place called Ahmedabad in Gujarat. She was 42 years old in 2021. She comes from a family in Gujarat, and they follow the Jain religion.

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Her dad does two things. He has a theater, like a place where people act and do plays, and he also teaches kids how to draw in school. Disha’s family has been doing theater for a long time, so she got interested in acting when she was a little kid.


Once, Disha said that when her dad ran the theater, he felt sad because not many Gujarati girls liked acting in plays. But Disha decided that when she grew up, she wanted to be an actress and work in her dad’s theater.

Wiki/ Bio

Personal Information
Name Disha Vakani
Nick Name Disha, Dayaben
Full Name Disha Vakani
Date Of Birth 17 September 1978
Sex Female
Mother Tongue N/A
Age 45 years (as of 2023)
Religion/ Nationality Jainism/ Indian
Profession / Occupation Actress
Zodiac Sign Leo
Height / Weight 5’ 4”/ 53 Kg
Debut Film Kamsin: The Untouched (1997)
Net Worth ₹15 crore – ₹18 crore in Indian rupees
Birth Place Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Address Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Famous For Daya Jethalal Gada in the TV serial In “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah”
College College of Gujarat, Ahmedabad
Educational Qualification Graduate in Dramatics
Television Khichdi (2004)
Awards Indian Telly Awards for Best Actress in Comic Role

Daya Ben Biography

Disha Vakani was born on September 17, 1978, in a place called Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India. She came from a regular Gujarati Jain family. Her dad, Bhim Vakani, was also an actor in Gujarati theater, which is like acting in plays.

She went to Gujarat College in Ahmedabad and studied dramatics, which is all about acting. She started her acting journey by doing small plays and shows in the Gujarati theater. Some of the plays she acted in were Patel v/s Dhamal Patel and Lali Lila.

In the year 1997, she got a chance to act in a Bollywood movie called “Kamsin: The Untouched.” This was her first big movie, and she played the main role. After that, she acted in more movies like “Pandadu Lilu Ne Rang Rato” and “Phool Aur Aag” in 1999. She even got to be in a movie directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali called “Devdas” in 2002.

Later on, she acted in other movies like “Mangal Pandey: The Rising,” “Jaana… Let’s Fall In Love,” “Jodha Akbar,” and “Love Story 2050.”

But Disha Vakani didn’t only act in movies; she also became famous on TV. She did many short shows on TV like “Khichdi,” “Instant Khichdi,” “Aahat,” and “Resham Dankh.” However, her life really changed when she got a role in a funny TV show called “Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah.” In that show, she played the character named Daya Jethalal Gada, and it made her very popular on television.


Personal Life of Disha Vakani (Actress)

She got married to a businessman from Mumbai named Mayur Padia. They also had a baby girl named Stuti Padia in 2017.

Disha got married to Mayur Padia on November 24, 2015, in Mumbai. They had a baby girl named Stuti Padia on November 27, 2017. Disha’s brother, Mayur Vakani, acts on a TV show called “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma” as her on-screen brother, Sundarlal or Sundar.

The TV show, “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma,” had fewer people watching it when Disha had to take time off for her baby in 2017.

Family 👨‍👩‍👦

Family and Relatives
Father Bhim Vakani (Theatre Artist)
Mother N/A
Brothers Mayur Vakani (Actor)
Sisters Khushali Vakani
Marital Status Married
Spouse Mayur Padia (Businessman)
Daughters yes (Stuti Padia (b. 2018))
Sons yes (born in May 2022)
Marriage Date 24 November 2015

Disha as Mother

Disha had another baby boy in May 2022. People talk a lot about whether she will come back to the show or not. Fans of the show miss her, but we don’t know if she will return. We have to wait and see if she will come back.



Disha went to Siddhartha High School in Ahmedabad for her schooling. After that, she graduated in Dramatic Arts with a Diploma also in Ahmedabad.

Disha loves acting, and she has performed in many plays, especially in Gujarat, like Kamal Patel v/s Dhamal Patel and Lali Lila. People in Gujarat really like her acting.

In 1997, Disha started acting in Bollywood. Her first movie was called Kamsin: The Untouched, but it was not a very famous one. Amit Suryavanshi directed this movie.

In 1999, she acted in a Gujarati movie called Pandadu Lilu Ne Rang Rato and a Hindi movie called Phool Aur Aag.

In 2002, Disha played a small part in a Gujarati movie called Paiso Maro Parmeshwar and a Hindi movie called Devdas.

She also did supporting roles in some successful movies like Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005), Jaana Let’s Fall in Love (2006), Jodhaa Akbar (2008), C Kkompany (2008), and Love Story 2050 (2008). People liked her acting in these movies.

Disha’s (Daya Ben) father Bhim Vakani is also a renowned actor

Disha Vakani was born on August 17, 1978, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Her family really liked acting in plays. Her dad, Bhim Vakani, was a famous actor in plays. Disha wanted to be like her dad, so she learned about acting in school. Something surprising is that Disha’s dad, Bhim Vakani, was in a show called Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah. He played Champaklal Jayantilal Gada’s friend in the show.

Physical Appearance of Daya Ben

Height, Weight, And Measurements
Height in Centimeters 163 cm
Height in Feet Inches 5’ 4” Feet
Height in Meters 1.63 m
Body Measurement (Chest-Waist-Hips) 34-28-35
Weight 53 Kg
Hips Size 35
Chest Size 34
Waist Size 28
Hair Colour Black
Eye Colour Black

TV Career

Disha Vakani started her TV career with the Khichdi show in 2004. In 2005, she made a guest appearance in a comedy show called Instant Khichdi.

Then she worked in a TV serial called Aahat in 2004-05. From 2006-2007 starred in the show Resham Dankh.

Despite trying her luck everywhere, she was not getting that popularity and love. But when one of her friends told her in 2008, Neela Tele Films is auditioning for the Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah show.


Then she went to audition, seeing Disha’s excellent acting, she was selected for the role of Daya Gada in TMKOC.

Disha started working on this show and constantly the popularity of the show grew so much that later on the show became one of India’s most successful TV shows.

Today the situation is such that Disha Vakani has become so famous for the role of Daya Gada that this show cannot be imagined without her.

The dialogue and acting of Daya Gada’s character are both different and the best. Her dramatic and enthusiastic role as Daya Gada made her very popular. “Hey Maa Mataji” is her popular dialogue in TMKOC, she has found love for people on her acting basis from 2008 till date.


  • 1997 Kamsin: The Untouched
  • 1999 Pandadu Lilu Ne Rang Rato (Gujarati)
  • 1999 Phool Aur Aag
  • 2002 Paiso Maro Parmeshwar (Gujarati)
  • 2002 Devdas
  • 2005 Mangal Pandey: The Rising
  • 2005 Jaana… Let’s Fall in Love
  • 2008 Jodhaa Akbar
  • 2008 C Kkompany
  • 20008 Love Story 2050
  • Year TV Show Name
  • 2004 Khichdi
  • 2005 Instant Khichdi
  • 2004–2005 Aahat
  • 2006 – 2007 Resham Dankh
  • 2008–2018 Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah
  • 2014 CID (in 1 episode)

Disha (Daya Ben) is a popular Gujarati play with Jethalal (Dilip Joshi)

Not many people know that Disha Vakani and Dilip Joshi acted together in a play. Dilip’s play was called “Jalsa Karo Jayantilal,” and Disha was in it too. They did a special show where they acted live instead of the usual actors, just for the fans.

Before that, Disha and Dilip were in different theater plays. But then, they both got a chance to work together in the show called “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah.” In the show, they were paired opposite each other.


Social Media Presence

Social Media 
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Instagram @dishaavakani
Website N/A
LinkedIn Profile N/A
Tumbler N/A
Youtube N/A

Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah (2008)

“Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, or TMKOC, is a fun TV show. It’s based on a column in a magazine by Taarak Mehta. Mr. Asit Kumar Modi makes the show. It started on July 28, 2008, and you can watch it on Sony SAB or SonyLIV.


The show is about people who live in a big apartment building called Gokuldham Society in Mumbai. These people are from different backgrounds, but they are like one big family.

They call Gokuldham ‘Mini India’ because it’s like a small version of India. In Gokuldham, people face different problems, and they try to find solutions. Sometimes, they talk about important things happening in society.

The show often has funny situations. One character, Jethalal, often gets into trouble, and his friend Taarak Mehta helps him out. They say Taarak Mehta is like Jethalal’s ‘Fire Brigade’ because he’s always there to help.

In Gokuldham, everyone is like a big family. They celebrate holidays together and have lots of events. They believe in ‘unity in diversity,’ which means they support each other no matter where they come from.

So, TMKOC is a funny and friendly show about the people who live in Gokuldham Society and how they help each other.”

Dayaben from Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah

In 2008, a TV show called “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah” started. In the show, there was a character named Dayaben Gada, played by an actress named Disha. Dayaben was famous for saying “Hey Maa Mataji.” She liked talking on the phone a lot with her mom and taking care of her little brother Sundarlal. She was also friends with her TV husband Jethalal, who was played by Dilip Joshi. This is why the show was liked by many people.

Daya Ben (Disha Vakani) acting in Bollywood

Disha started acting in Bollywood in 1997 with a movie called “Kamsin: The Untouched.” She acted in many more movies like “Phool Aur Aag,” “Devdas,” “Mangal Pandey: The Rising,” and more. She also acted with Aishwarya Rai in a movie called “Jodhaa Akbar” in 2008. In that movie, Disha played a character named Madhavi, who was a friend of Jodhaa and went with her to a new kingdom after she got married to Emperor Akbar, played by Hrithik Roshan.

Net Worth & Income 💸

Salary 1.40 Lakh INR per episode of TMKOC
Income 20 Lakh to 22 Lakh INR
Net Worth ₹15 crore – ₹18 crore in Indian rupees
Source of Income From TV Shows, Movies


  • 2009 9th Indian Telly Awards Best Actor in a Comic Role – Female (Popular)
  • 2009 Indian Television Academy Awards-Best Actress – Comedy
  • 2010 3rd Zee Gold Awards-Best Comic Actor (Popular)
  • 2010 10th Indian Telly Awards-Best Actor in a Comic Role – Female (Popular)
  • 2014 Indian Television Academy Awards-Best Actress – Comedy
  • 2015 Indian Television Academy Awards-Best Actress – Comedy


  1. Disha Vakani is from Ahmedabad, Gujarat. She began her career in plays in Gujarat. She also acted in movies like Devdas, Mangal Pandey: The Rising, and Jodha Akbar.
  2. Her first TV show was called Khichdi in 2004 on Star Plus, where she played a nurse. Her first big movie role was in Kamsin: The Untouched.
  3. She’s really famous for playing Daya Jethalal Gada. Her brother Mayur Vakani is also an actor on the show Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, where he plays Daya’s brother, Sundar Lal.
  4. Disha’s parents were also on Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah. They played the relatives of Champaklal Gada, Mauji, and his wife.
  5. Disha Vakani won the Best Actress in a Comic Role award for Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah twice.

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