Jiaa Manek is a very young and highly talented relatively new face in the Indian Television industry. Jiaa Manek plays the lead role in Star Plus’ prime time serial Saath Nibhaana Saathiya. Jiaa's character Gopi is an innocent, docile girl who has few expectations and is content with the simple things that family life has to offer. She is very fond of her her Maama and Maami (Jitubhai and Urmila Ben) whom she stays with after she lost her parents at an early age. She has no big dreams; the only regret that she has in life in that she is uneducated. But never cribs about it. Maami treats her very badly, almost treats her like a servant but then Gopi does not say a word. She very happily does what she is asked to as she feels that this is her responsibility towards her home.
Jiaa Manek is from Mumbai who is 19 years old. Jiaa Manek graduated in Mass Media but she never attended any acting classes as such. Jiaa Manek was always very keen about media industry, but she also knew it was not easy to get an entry into the television industry but it is her interest which brought her to limelight so early in her life. She gave audition for Rehna Hai Teri Palkon Ki Chaon Mein and then for Saath Nibhaana Saathiya and got selected for Saath Nibhaana Saathiya. She has a wide variety of interests including horse-riding, dancing, acting, making chocolate, designing pottery, mehendi etc.
When Jiaa Manek was in college itself she started her acting career. Jiaa Manek acted in commercials like Amul and Vatika hair oil. Before coming to TV she got opportunity in a film called Na Ghar Ke Na Ghaat Ke, her role in this was next to negligible though. In this film she played the role of daughter of Om Puri (Sankata Prasad Tripathi) and Neena Gupta (Devkinandan’s mother). But her career picked pace when she was signed up by Rashmi Sharma for the lead role in Star Plus serial Saath Nibhaana Saathiya. Jiaa Manek was first auditioned for a serial called Rehna Hai Teri Palkon Ki Chaon Mein but she was found to be very young for the role, so she had to wait. But she did not had to wait long, soon production house thought she is a perfect fit for the role of Gopi who was shown as a naïve orphan girl who has always been ill treated by her aunt and cousin.
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