First shown in 2008, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is one of India’s longest-running and most popular comedy programmes. Since the first episode of the show, Dilip Joshi and Disha Vakani, who played Jeetalal and Dayaben respectively, have entertained fans with their hilarious jokes. However, in 2017, Disha went on indefinite maternity leave and since then has not returned to the show. Since then, fans have lost their favorite character and are worried about who is filling her shoes.
In a recent interview, Dilip Joshi also opened up about Disha Vakani’s absence from the show. “I don’t know what Asit bhai wants. Let’s just hope Geeta gets a good vision too. I’ve worked with Disha for about 10 years. From day one the tuning and chemistry were perfect. And we had a lot of fun together. We did a lot of great scenes together. You can watch it in the old episodes,” he told E-Times.
Praising her, Dilip added, “In comedy, she had that uninhibited approach that female artists rarely take. She was brilliant. It was fun to watch not only as a fellow actor, but also as a viewer.”
Recently, the show’s producer Asit Kumar Modi also talked about bringing Dayaben back and stated that his tests are currently underway. As a maker, I want diabene back. Our efforts are continuing. It’s been missing for a long time,” he said. After that, reports of Hum Paanch fame Rakhi Vijay shortlisted for the role of Dayaben made headlines as well. However, there is no official confirmation yet.