Jia Manek was born in Ahmedabad, (Gujarat) and brought up in Mumbai, (Maharashtra).Her Birth date is 18 Feb. She graduated in advertising (mass media). She has a wide variety of interests including horse-riding, dancing, acting, making chocolate, designing pottery, mehendi etc.
Jiaa Manek was always very keen about media industry, but she was also knowing it is 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 never attended any acting classes as such. . 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 was very lucky or we can say fortunately she got selected otherwise it is very difficult for a newcomer to get work for no 1 channel Star Plus as known from the sources.
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 one. In this film she played the role of daughter of Om Puri (Sankata Prasad Tripathi) and Neena Gupta (Devkienandan’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.
The character played by her in Saathiya, Gopi, won the Favourite Behen (Sister) award in the 2011 STAR Parivaar Awards.Her name of Character in this serial is Gopi Modi.She was offered a role in the film Bodyguard, but had to refuse due to timing constraints.As per latest news now Jia’s role as Gopi in Saathiya Serial comes to an end.Jiaa Manek, aka Gopi bahu of “Saath Nibhana Saathiya” is quitting the daily soap. She has been reportedly approached to participate in the upcoming season of the dance reality show, “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa” – As per the reports.The dance reality show is ready to hit floors in June 2012.Manek is no longer starring in the soap opera Jeannie Aur Juju because of her quitting it when she got to know that the directors and rest are looking for a replacement for her.
1.In 2012,She won the award for “Nayi Soch Pal” and Fav.Bhabhi for “Saath Nibhana Saathiya” at Star Parivaar Awards 2012.