Jayati Bhatia

Jayati Bhatia is an Indian actress.[1] She is best known for her role as Nirmala "Mataji" Bharadwaj in Sasural Simar Ka (2011–18), one of the most longest-running TV shows that aired on Colors TV.[2] Currently she's essaying the role of Geetanjali Devi Oswal in Sasural Simar Ka Season - 2.

Jayati Bhatia
Jayati Bhatia
Known forSasural Simar Ka
Spouse(s)Kiran Bhatia

Personal lifeEdit

Originally a Bengali, Bhatia was born in Orissa, India but moved to Delhi when she was a month old.[3] As a child, she was trained in classical Odissi but has admitted that she finds western dance forms difficult.[4]

Bhatia met her husband Kiran Bhatia, during her first play and was encouraged by him to be more active on the theatre circuit.[5] In April 2017, on her way to the sets of Sasural Simar Ka, Kiran was involved in an argument after which he was beaten up.[6] Bhatia has expressed that she was supported by her mother-in-law and owes much of her success to her.[7]

Bhatia is a supporter of LGBT rights.[8]


Television debut and initial days (1996–2007)Edit

Bhatia debuted into Hindi television industry in 1995 with Challenge as Khushnuma.[3] In the sitcom Tu Tu Main Main on Star Plus, she essayed Kumud.[4] For the first of many collaborations, she teamed up with producer Ekta Kapoor in Kanyadaan and had a small role in her production Itihaas.[5][6]

Bhatia began the next century and decade as the wife of Arun Govil's character in Kaise Kahoon on Zee TV.[7] Her next three projects were produced by Kapoor; the first being comedy-drama Kitne Kool Hai Hum.[8][9] The second one was Sony TV's Kutumb where she played the male lead's aunt Kavita Mittal.[10] In their third consecutive collaboration, she portrayed Geetu Basu in the cult classic daily soap Kasautii Zindagii Kay from 2003 to 2006 for continuously three years.[11]

In 2003, Bhatia was also seen as the titular lead's friend Bindiya in Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin on Sony TV.[12] In 2005, she was roped in as Titli in Sinndoor Tere Naam Ka on Zee TV.[13] In Zee TV's another venture Mamta, she was cast as Mishti from 2006 to 2007.[14]

Film debut, Saas v/s Bahu and Kitchen Champion (2007–2011)Edit

By foraying into Bollywood, Bhatia begun her film career with the Sridhar Rangayan-directed drama 68 Pages where she starred as commercial sex worker Payal.[15] It premiered worldwide at the International Film Festival of Kerala and was screened at several international film festivals.[16] For returning to television, she reunited with Kapoor to play Pammi Godbole in Sony TV's rom-com Kuchh Is Tara from 2007 to 2008.[17] For the first time in her career, she signed as a contestant in Sahara One's dance television series Saas v/s Bahu and survived till the finale before winning it.[18][19]

In 2009, Bhatia enacted the role of Gursheel Malhotra in Star Plus's Sabki Laadli Bebo.[20] Her second film, Raja Krishna Menon's black comedy Barah Aana, released that year.[21] From 2010 to 2011 she portrayed Manju, a loud neighbour in Star Plus's Sasural Genda Phool.[22] Her first project of 2011 turned out as a contestant in the fourth season of cooking based reality show Kitchen Champion hosted by Ronit Roy and Smita Singh; she was declared as winner of the show in finale and thus won a show for the second time, after Saas v/s Bahu.[23][24]

Immense appreciation through Sasural Simar Ka and beyond (2011–present)Edit

In April 2011, Bhatia achieved the biggest (in terms of success) and immensely praised opportunity of her career in Colors TV's soap opera Sasural Simar Ka where she acted as Nirmala Devi Bhardwaj aka Mataji, the matriarch of the male lead's family.[2] The show became one of the most highest-rated television shows on TRP charts and made its position among the most longest-running Indian television series, before ending in March 2018 post a successful run of seven years continuously.[25]

Simultaneously along with Sasural Simar Ka shoot, she participated in the fifth season of reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in June 2012 but was eliminated from it the very next month.[26][27] That year she voiced for actress Ileana D'Cruz's character in Anurag Basu's comedy-drama Barfi! which was a major financial hit with global earnings of over 175 crores.[28] Her next simultaneous appearances with Sasural Simar Ka shoot were in Ananth Narayan Mahadevan's feature film Rough Book and the reality comedy series Comedy Nights Bachao.[29][30] In 2017, she was seen in the film The Wishing Tree.[31]

Right after the end of Sasural Simar Ka in March 2018, Bhatia joined Star Plus's Naamkarann as antagonist Kamini Kapoor.[32] The show culminated two months later, in May 2018.[33] In August 2018, she began playing another antagonistic part of Roopa Mittal in Colors TV's Internet Wala Love until its wrap up in March 2019.[1] By venturing into OTT, she made her digital debut in 2019 with the horror-comedy Bhoot Purva which streamed on OTT platform ZEE5.[34]

In 2020, Bhatia's first web series project Tansener Tanpura premiered on OTT platform Hoichoi.[35] From August 2020 to January 2021 she worked as Nutan Jaiswal in Star Plus's rom-com Lockdown Ki Love Story.[36] In the second season of web series Girls Hostel that streamed digitally on OTT platform SonyLIV, she starred as a dean.[37]

Bhatia is currently reprising her role as Gitanjali Devi Oswal, a new character, in the second season of Sasural Simar Ka entitled Sasural Simar Ka 2, which premiered on Colors TV and Voot on 26 April 2021.[38]



Year Show Role Notes
1995 Challenge Khushnuma
1996 Tu Tu Main Main Kumud [9][10]
1999 Kanyadaan Kavita
2000 Itihaas
2000 CID Nupur Episodic Role Episode 113,114
2001 Kaise Kahoon Nasreen
2001 Kutumb Kavita Ajay Mittal
2002 Kitne Kool Hai Hum
2003–2006 Kasautii Zindagii Kay Geeta Sanjay Basu
2003 Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin Bindiya
2005 Sinndoor Tere Naam Ka Titli Mami
2006–2007 Mamta Mishti
2007–2008 Kuchh Is Tara Pammi Godbole [11]
2008 Saas v/s Bahu Herself Winner
2009 Sabki Laadli Bebo Gursheel Malhotra [12]
2009 Jo Ishq Ki Marzi Woh Rab Ki Marzi
2010 Baat Hamari Pakki Hai
2010–2011 Sasural Genda Phool Manju
2011 Kitchen Champion Herself Winner of Season 4
2011–2018 Sasural Simar Ka Nirmala Devi Bharadwaj [13]
2012 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 Herself Contestant/12th place[26]
2016 Comedy Nights Bachao Herself [14]
2018 Naamkarann Kamini Sharad Kapoor [15]
2018–2019 Internet Wala Love Roopa Purushottam Mittal [16]
2020–2021 Lockdown Ki Love Story Nutan Jaiswal [19]
2021–present Sasural Simar Ka 2 Geetanjali Devi Oswal Double role
2021 Nirmala Devi Bharadwaj
2022 Sirf Tum Geetanjali Devi Oswal


Year Film Role Language Notes
2007 68 Pages Paayal Hindi
2009 Barah Aana Simone A. Mehta Hindi
2012 Barfi! Old Shruti Hindi voice only[39]
2015 Rough Book Rukhsana Ali Hindi [29]
2017 The Wishing Tree Guriqbal's Mother Hindi [31]

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Platform Notes
2019 Punnch Beat Miss Gayatri Bose ALTBalaji
2019 Bhoot Purva Unknown ZEE5 [17][18]
2020 Tansener Tanpura Madhubanti Mishra Hoichoi
2021 Girls Hostel Dr. Sarla Desai (Dean) SonyLIV Season 2



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  2. ^ a b "Sasural Simar Ka going off-air; actors who were a part of it". The Times of India. 3 September 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
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  4. ^ a b "All Western dances are difficult for me: Jayati Bhatia". Times of India. 15 June 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Sasural Simar Ka's Jayati Bhatia aka Mataji expresses support for the LGBT community in the most HILARIOUS manner!". Bollywood Life. 2 February 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Sasural Simar Ka's Mataji aka Jayati Bhatia's husband gets beaten up". Pinkvilla. 8 April 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Jayati Bhatia owes her success to real life mom-in-law". Zee News India. 10 May 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Annual LGBTQ film festival kick-starts in Mumbai". Times of India. 24 May 2018.
  9. ^ a b "The Much Loved Cast Of 'Tu Tu Main Main' – Then And Now". ScoopWhoop. 7 November 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Tu Tu Main Main: The sitcom about love and hate between saas-bahu". Hindustan Times. 11 November 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Balaji Telefilms returns to Sony after three years with 'Kuchh is Tara'". Exchange4Media. 21 November 2007.
  12. ^ a b "Amrit's family to enter Bebo". Tellychakkar. 15 June 2009.
  13. ^ a b "Sasural Simar Ka going off-air; actors who were a part of it". Times of India. 3 September 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Comedy Nights Live - Comedy Night Bachao mix up: Sonakshi, Honey Singh, Mouni pull the house down with their HILARIOUS antics!". Bollywood Life. 25 April 2016.
  15. ^ a b "Sasural Simar Ka's Jayati Bhatia aka Mataji to enter Naamkarann". Times of India. 19 March 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Colors Contemporary Take On Love Online: Internet Wala Love". Mumbai Live. 23 August 2018.
  17. ^ a b "ZEE5 launches horror-comedy Bhoot Purva". Rapid TV News. 8 May 2019.
  18. ^ a b "Jayati Bhatia, Manu Rishi Chadha, Zoa Morani in ZEE5 series Bhoot Purva". IWM Buzz. 1 April 2019.
  19. ^ a b "Mohit Malik on working with 'inspiration' Jayati Bhatia: I had ..." The Times of India.
  20. ^ a b "Khatijabai of Karmali Terrace". The Hindu. 21 July 2010.
  21. ^ a b "Jayati Bhatia performs mono-acting at its best". Times of India. 11 November 2016.
  22. ^ a b "Theatre Review: The Vagina Monologues". Times of India. 18 May 2012.
  23. ^ a b "The Vagina Monologues: Giving India the 'Sex Talk' for 15 Years". TheWire.in. 8 July 2017.
  24. ^ a b "This play addresses pressing issues with a hint of humour". Hindustan Times. 30 January 2017.
  25. ^ "After 2,000 episodes, Sasural Simar Ka to go off air: Will Indian TV really get rid of it?". www.dailyo.in.
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  27. ^ "Jayati Bhatia out of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5". Hindustan Times. 29 July 2012.
  28. ^ a b "Meet Pammi Aunty on the dance floor". Asian Age. 29 January 2019.
  29. ^ a b "Movie Review: Rough Book: Blatant and insightful". India New England News. 23 June 2016.
  30. ^ a b "Theatre Review: Mughal-e-Azam". Times of India. 13 January 2017.
  31. ^ a b "'The Wishing Tree': Good intention bad execution (IANS Review, Rating: *1/2)". Business Standard. 9 June 2017.
  32. ^ "Jayati Bhatia to enter Star Plus' Naamkarann". Tellychakkar. 18 March 2018.
  33. ^ "Naamkarann: Sasural Simar Ka's Mataji aka Jayati Bhatia enters the show". India Today. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  34. ^ a b "Lillete Dubey: A lukewarm greeting". Livemint. 3 November 2017.
  35. ^ a b "Lillette Dubey and Jayati Bhatia perform their play Salaam Noni Appa in Delhi". Times of India. 30 January 2018.
  36. ^ a b "Hello Singapore: 'Salaam, Noni Appa' adapted from Twinkle Khanna's story to open in Lion City". Connected to India. 22 April 2019.
  37. ^ "Jayati Bhatia to join the cast of ALTBalaji's Puncch Beat". IWM Buzz. 24 May 2018.
  38. ^ "Television helps me do theatre: Jayati Bhatia". Times of India. 7 November 2017.
  39. ^ "Jayati Bhatia brings voice to Barfi!". ColorsTv.

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