Jaya went to school in Jaipur and during her studies, she developed an interest in music and acting. She completed her Masters in Hindustani vocal music. While completing her studies in the early 1990s, she worked in a number of TV shows, including The Sword of Tipu Sultan and The Great Maratha, as well as performing in theatre.
After getting married, she moved to Mumbai and took a break from her professional career in order to focus on her family.
She made a comeback in 2005 and joined a theatre group called Yatri and continued to work on more stage projects. She then progressed to television, and was signed for shows like Lucky and Kumkum.
Her first breakthrough roles were playing Mandodari in the epic drama Ramayan, and a major role in the sitcom Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain. In 2013, she joined the long-running soap opera Saath Nibhaana Saathiya, where she held the supporting role of Madhu. Her recent work was in &TV's popular sitcom Badho Bahu
1990-91 The Sword of Tipu Sultan
1993 The Great Maratha
2005 Sai Baba
2008-09 Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain Rukhsana
2008-09 Ramayan Mandodari
2008-09 Main Kab Saas Banoongi
2010-11 Yeh Ishq Haaye
2011-16 Sasural Simar Ka
2011-13 Dil Se Di Dua... Saubhagyavati Bhava?
2012 Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein
2014 Piya Basanti Re
2013-16 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya
2016-18 Badho Bahu
2020-21 Tera Yaar Hoon Main
2007 Chain Kulii Ki Main Kulii
2020 Sab Kushal Mangal
On the floor
Currently shooting for 'Yash Raj Films'
Upcoming project with Aamir Khan's son, Junaid Khan
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