One of the most favourite characters of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, Daya Ben, played by Disha Vakani, has not appeared on the show for almost one year and a half. The actor was on her maternity break and never returned. There were speculations that the actor will be returning to the show soon but now the makers have revealed that they are looking for a new Daya Ben.

Disha was loved for her incredible performance on the show and her uniqueness. Her fans were eagerly waiting for the actor to return to the show but now it has been confirmed that she will no more be a part of the show.

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In a recent interview with Times Of India, producer Asit Kumarr Modi confirmed the news and said, “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”.

“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 added.

Disha tied the knot with Mumbai-based chartered accountant in 2015 and gave birth to a baby girl on November 30, 2017.

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah went on air in 2008 and is still running successfully becoming one of the longest-running sitcoms on Indian television.