Ever since SpotboyE.com gave you the good news that Disha Vakani is making a comeback on Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, after 2 years, not only her fans but also her co-stars are dancing in joy. In fact, the whole team is eagerly waiting to welcome her back on the show.
One such actress on the show is Jennifer Mistry Bansiwala, who is not just Disha Vakani's reel life neighbour but also her real neighbour too. We got talking to Jennifer exclusively on Disha's comeback. Excerpts from the conversation that followed:
Disha Vakani is finally coming back to the show. How does it feel?
Of course it's a very good feeling. But aaye tab to ham kuch kahe. We are hearing that she is coming back but no official announcement has been made by the production team to us, yet. Even when we were shooting for the Ganesh Utsav track, there was strong buzz that Disha will be making a comeback. But that didn't happen and now she is supposedly returning during the Navratri track. So, let's see what happens but if she is coming back, I will be the happiest. And her comeback is not only good for the show but for her as well, after all, she is such a talented actress.
She surely is a talented actress which is why we wonder why did she stay away from the show for so long?
It was clearly because of her child. Disha is a family oriented girl and post her delivery, her whole time was dedicated to her darling daughter, who will be turning two-year-old, next month. I feel Disha is somewhere confident about balancing her work life with her daughter, hence she has decided to comeback to the show.
Disha always wanted to quit the show after delivery?
No. In fact, she used to keep telling us that after delivery, I will comeback. But probably circumstances didn't allow her to do so.
So, were you in touch with her constantly past these two years?
I actually stay next to her house in Powai. I do talk to her but not very often as she is quite involved with her little daughter and I don't find it right to disturb her frequently. However, I make sure to wish her on all occasions, after all we have a karmic connection.
Karmic connection? And what's that?
Her daughter Stuti and my birthday is on the same date. Our husbands share the same name, 'Mayur'. My daughter and her brother's birthday is also on same date. Post her marriage, she shifted to Powai, where I stay. So, I keep telling Disha, with so many things in common, we do have a karmic connection.
When was the last time you met Disha?
It's been very long. All the ladies of Taarak Mehta team visited her house last year when her daughter Stuti was 4-5 months old. We all had gone to meet her and spend sometime with Disha as really miss her a lot. But after that I didn't get a chance to visit, and she keeps complaining about the same. I actually go to pray in her building quite a lot but as I said I didn't find it right to barge in regularly while she is so busy with her daughter.
So you stay in touch over calls and messages?
Yes, very much. I messaged her on her birthday and in just 10 minutes, I got her reply. Also, recently she called me when I was shooting for Taarak and we spoke for about an hour. Later, she spoke to a lot of other actresses on the set and everyone told her to be back soon.
When Disha was expecting, did she seek your advice on pregnancy?
Yes, she used to keep discussing and taking suggestions. I had suggested to her a course related to children, which she even did and it helped her a lot.
What was that course?
It was about child's brain development. As we know a child's brain takes 5 years to develop and the process starts when the child is in your womb. So, whatever you feed them or say to them he/she listens to every thing. The course was about how to prepare your child for it and post delivery too.
You both shared the same vanity for the longest time ...
Oh yes! We have shared our vanity van for almost 5 years and I remember during this time, I was pregnant. It was Disha, Neha (Anjali) and me. It had two beds at that time , so, one was for Neha and on other one, even if Disha was resting, when I used to walk in, she used to get up and allow me to use it. During our make-up session as well, I never had to request her for mirror because she automatically used to move away for me. I never faced any problem sharing the vanity van with her. She was so good.
So, it will be right to say that Disha never threw any starry tantrums...
Absolutely. While she was a part of the show, Disha was one of the biggest stars on TV and among the most popular faces. But she was so down to earth and friendly with everyone. I used to keep telling her, 'Disha agar main 5% bhi teri jitni famous ho jaaun to seedhe aasman par phauch jaaungi' but she was so different. No matter how tired she is, if fans have come to visit her on the set, she used to make sure to meet and click photos with them. We used to shoot for 12-13 hours but Disha shot for 16-17 hours at times and almost for 30 days. She was so good at her work.
Have you ever seen Disha arguing on the set or having differences with anyone?
Never. Disha was everyone's favourite as she always used to be calm and happy go lucky. We have never seen her angry. Sometimes, we used to tell her, 'Disha tujhe kabhi to gussa aata hoga tu kabhi to react kar' but she always used to say, 'why to
react, we should learn to let it go.'
A secret of Disha which you can share with us?
(Laughs) Actually it's an old incident but an interesting one. Once her phone number got public and she started getting back to back calls from unknown people. The way Disha tackled it was so funny. You will be surprised to know but she attended to all the calls. Disha used to change her voice and speak in a manly way, pretending to be her assistant, and telling everyone, 'mam abhi shot mein hai.' We all were amazed with her patience. Also, she has lost her phone a lot of times, say around 4-5 times at least. One day, Disha came to us with a very basic phone of Nokia and said, 'ab dekhti hun kaun lekar jaata hain'(laughs).
Does she believe in socializing?
Not much but all my building friends who see her in our locality and also visit the same salon in our locality, tell me just one thing- she is so down to earth in spite of being such a big name. No one has ever seen her throw attitude.
Makers were looking for her replacement in between. You think getting someone else fit into her shoes would have been easy?
No, not at all and that's why the makers have convinced her to comeback. The kind of energy, dialogue delivery and her behaviour on the set- all this is not easy to get. She is so talented that even a simple scene would turn out to be comical because of her skills. The best thing about her acting is she is never shy or hesitant to do anything- from making funny faces, laughing out loud- you name it and Disha can do it right away. And that is the reason fans love her so much, as she a natural.
Taarak Mehta ladies must be discussing her comeback?
Yes, totally. Ever since we read the news that she may finally do a comeback all of us are so excited. Whenever we are shooting, Disha is the topic of discussion- we keep wondering how much fun it would be to shoot once she is back. Not only in real life, but also in reel life, our group was incomplete. The ladies' scenes used to get dull as writers did not have much to write about. But now, when Disha will be back, I am sure fans will get to see us a lot more with the much-needed freshness.
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