Speculations surfaced yesterday that the makers of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah have replaced Disha Vakani who gave Indian television one of its most memorable and comical characters with Dayaben. Reports suggested that Bade Acche Lagta Hain fame Vibhoutee Sharma has been zeroed down to play the character.
Disha took a maternity leave from the show in September 2017 and delivered a baby girl in November that year. Since then, the actor has been missing in action. The makers confirmed that she will not be returning to the show.
A source said to a web portal that Vibhoutee did a mock shoot on June 2 and she played out the closest to Disha. Rubbishing all rumours, Vibhoutee said to a leading daily, “I don’t know where these rumours are coming from. I am not replacing Disha Vakani in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, neither have I given any mock test. I am not interested in doing TV shows. I have currently taken a break from acting. This is really funny. I keep doing ads and was never interested in doing regular daily soaps.”
Vibhoutee took to Instagram and mentioned that news about her filling in Disha's shoes are 'Rumours!!' She also posted a story where she wrote, "I’m not into serials. I respect all serial actors though. It’s amazing what they are doing. All these rumours about me replacing the lead actress in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah are really getting into my head now. If I’ll ever have to do a TV serial, it will be according to my age and liking."
Earlier, reports suggested that Ami Trivedi might fill in Disha’s shoes. However, there was no confirmation from the end of the makers.
Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah that began airing in July 2008 on SAB TV is one of the longest-running shows on Indian television. The show is based on the column Duniya Ne Undha Chashma penned by journalist-playwright Taarak Mehta for the Gujarati weekly magazine Chitralekha. Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is known for striking a chord with audiences across various demographics and giving some of the most memorable characters to television viewers.