Dilip Joshi and Disha Vakani starrer Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah completed 12 years on July 28. The show is one of the most loved and enjoys a massive fan-following. All the characters from the show, Jethalal, Daya ben, Tapu, Babitaji, Taarak have a separate fan-base. They are all loved and have become household names. The show can never have haters and that is the beauty of it. Disha Vakani aka Daya Ben is the most loved. The actress was on a maternity break and since two years has not returned to the show. Fans have been missing her and want her to be back soon. She was seen in one of the episodes recently but she was only on a video call. Now, her Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah co-star and best friend Jennifer Mistry Bansiwal aka Mrs Roshan Kaur Sodhi spoke about their bond in an interview with the Times Of India.
She said, “There are so many common things between Disha Vakani and my life. Now, during lockdown we have started interacting a lot otherwise before lockdown since I was busy with my shoots and her baby was also too young so she would be occupied. But during the lockdown we have started sharing messages and talking on video calls. After marriage she shifted to Powai just 700-800 metres away from my house. Her husband and brother’s names are Mayur and my husband’s name is also Mayur. Her brother’s birthday is on August 26th and my daughter’s birthday is also on the same date. Her daughter Stuti and I share the same birthday November 27. I told Disha we have some karmic connection, we shared vanity vans for 5 years and now these similarities.” Jennifer also said that she misses Disha on set but is sure that Disha will be back on the show soon. She said, “I miss her a lot and even fans miss her a lot. But because I was in her shoes a few years ago I can totally relate to her situation. I understand right now for her, Stuti her daughter is of priority. I am sure she will be back soon. The good thing is we are in touch and whenever we miss each other we talk over the phone. We have to understand family is also important. She wanted to get married and start a family and when finally the moment has arrived we shouldn’t disturb her. She’s just enjoying her family life and we should let her be like that.”
Jennifer also said that Disha Vakani is the most cooperative co-star. She said, “She is the most cooperative artist and there’s lots to learn from her. The way she respected and loved everyone throughout her Taarak Mehta…. journey. We shared the same room so if I entered and she was getting her makeup done, she would immediately get up and offer the seat to me saying ‘you sit get your makeup done’. I will do my own makeup. If there was a break she would give the bed to me to rest. During lunch also she and I both would get something for each other.”