Disha Vakani's replacement as Dayaben on cards, confirms Asit Modi
Mumbai : 'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma' producer Asit Kumar Modi has broken silence over the missing Dayaben from the show. The character is played by Disha Vakani, who has not returned on set since September 2017.
In an interview, Asit Modi said that it's unfortunate but his team is now looking for options and the auditions have begun to find a replacement for Disha Vakani.
He was quoted by Bombay Times saying, “I will have to start looking for a new Dayaben. No one is bigger than the show. Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah will go on with a new face because the family is incomplete without Dayaben.”
The producer went on to take the example of other working women in the country and said that they can’t be ‘waiting forever’. He said, “So many working women in the country get pregnant, go on a maternity break, have babies and resume their jobs. Today, women continue to work even after having babies. We have given Disha leave, but we cannot wait forever. Having said that, replacing an actress is not an overnight process. The track has to be planned months in advance. Right now, we have started the initial process of auditioning for the character. We are still not sure what will happen in the future, but I would like to reiterate that the show must go on.”
He also claimed that his team has been in full cooperation with the actress. Asit Modi said, "Since her daughter’s birth, we have been waiting patiently, giving her space as a new mother. But eventually, a show has to go on."