Dayanand Shetty - Updated Apr 2024

Dayanand Shetty


Dayanand Shetty is a popular Indian film and TV actor and model. Dayanand Shetty is best recognized for the role of Senior Inspector Daya Singh in India’s longest-running television police procedural “CID”.

Early Life and Childhood

Dayanand Shetty was born Dayanand Chandrashekhar Shetty on December 11, 1969, in Shirva, Udupi, Udupi district, Tulu Nadu, Mysuru State. His age is currently 53 years old.

He was born to his parents Chandra Prakash Shetty (father) and Uma Shetty (mother). Likewise, he has two siblings sisters named Sandhya Shetty and Naina Shetty. He holds Indian nationality and was born under the sun sign Sagittarius.

Regarding his educational qualification, he is a graduate student. He completed his graduation in from Rizvi College of Arts, Science, and Commerce, Bandra.

Career and Professional Life

Dayanand Shetty is a popular Indian actor. Due to a leg injury, he was a sportsman who became an actor. He excelled at the throw and shot put throwing, which helped him win numerous awards in these sports.

In 1996, he represented Maharashtra as the discus throw winner. He has performed in a lot of advertisements and has even received honors for his work in theater. For his performance in the Tulu-language drama Secret, he was given the Best Actor trophy.

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Caption: Dayanand Shetty with his co-stars in the show CID
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In 1998, he went through the audition process to be a CID officer, and he was chosen. The Senior Inspector Daya position he held in CID is what made him famous. The show’s principal leads are him, actor Shivaji Satam, and actor Aditya Srivastava. Additionally, he contributed to a few CID episodes’ scripts.

The word of Senior Inspector Daya in CID is enough to bring even the most stubborn criminals to tears because of his legendary strength. Daya’s slogan in CID is “Jab Daya ka hath padta hai, to muh ke andar daaton se piano bajne lagta hai” (literally, “When Daya slaps, then a piano plays in the mouth by the teeth”).

One of the most well-known exchanges in CID has ACP Pradyuman telling him to “Daya darwaaza to do” (which translates to “Daya, break the door”). One of the most beloved scenes in the movie Singham Returns uses this speech because it has become so well-known.


Daya is essential to CID in tracking down the information needed to crack the case. Although he appears tough, he has a kind and sympathetic attitude. He always steps up to help teammates and strangers when they need it the most.

Shetty has performed in plays, movies, and TV advertisements. In addition, he was chosen as Indian Television’s “Best Looking Guy” in 2002. He also took part in the fourth season of the dancing reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.

Daya Shetty has made appearances in programs like Kkusum and Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin. He performed in both seasons one and two of the silent comedy Gutur Gu.

In series like Deal Ya No Deal, Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega (season 4), Kahani Comedy Circus Ki, and Aapka Sapna Hamara Apna, he has made cameos as celebrity guests. He took part in the fifth season of Khatron Ke Khiladi and performed numerous stunts, however, he was ultimately eliminated.

In the 2011 Independence Day Special episode of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs, Daya Shetty and Shivaji Satam made an appearance as Celebrity Guests. 2014’s Kaun Banega Crorepati featured Daya Shetty, Shivaji Satam, Aditya Srivastava, and Narendra Gupta as well. In the 2012 Gold Awards, he took home the Best Supporting Actor prize for his portrayal of Senior Inspector Daya in CID.

Personal Life

Dayanand is a  straight-gender person. As for his marital status, he is a married man. He tied the knot with Smitha Shetty. However, there is no more information about their wedding and married life. He is the father of a daughter named Viva Shetty.

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Caption: Dayanand Shetty with his wife, Smitha
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Dayanand Shetty – Net Worth 2023

This veteran Indian actor has earned a hefty amount of money throughout his successful acting career. He has a net worth of $5 million as of 2023. But he hasn’t disclosed his salary and other asset values.

Social Media

Talking about his social media activity, he is active on Facebook and Instagram. His Facebook account ‘Dayanand Shetty’ has gained more than 626K followers as of now. Likewise, his Instagram account ‘@dayanandashetty_official’ has more than 37.5K followers and has shared 88 posts.

Dayanand Shetty – Body Measurements

As for his physical appearance, he has an attractive and fit body personality. He stands at a height of 6 feet 2 inches and weights 108kg. Likewise, his chest size is 46 inches, his waist size is 38 inches, and his biceps size is 15 inches. Similarly, he has a pair of brown eyes with black colored hair.

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Caption: Dayanand Shetty posing for a photo