CHAT Doctor, mother, model, actor and now a filmmaker … Aditi Govitrikar enjoys her many roles
The light-eyed doctor-cum-model, Aditi Govitirikar now turns a film producer. She's just finished shooting for the Marathi film “Jai Jai Maharashtra Maza” (directed by Sai Paranjpe's son Gautam Joglekar) and is busy endorsing a milk-based drink for children. “I've been listening to a lot of scripts. I just felt it was a natural progression for me (turning producer) because I like to create,” says Aditi, still looking fighting-fit. “Marathi is my mother tongue and it will be a small-budget film so there's lesser investment and risk,” she says explaining why she chose to make a film in Marathi.
Talking about her involvement in a nutrition mission that helps to raise awareness among mothers, Aditi, a mother of two, says, “I'm a worrisome mom, though I'm not an Amy Chua. As a mother and doctor I am concerned about the health of my children, though the problem of making them eat is like that of any other mother's. And you can't imagine how misinformed even educated mothers are about nutritional requirements of children.”
Most remembered as Mrs. World (2001) — the first Indian to win the title — Aditi was then about 28 and had one child. Of course it must have helped that she began modelling when she was in the third year MBBS, and had won a Gladrags Megamodel title in 1996. She was a ramp model, did television ads, music videos and even films. “I always wanted to be a doctor,” recalls Aditi. “I was doing my MD in gynaecology when I dropped out. I wanted to model for just a year and get back to medicine. Modelling just happened. It was an impulsive decision to participate in Gladrags. What's meant to happen, will,” she philosophises. “When I won the Mrs. World title, I became well known even in smaller cities.”
But why didn't she continue modelling and acting? “I did ramp and television modelling for a long time. Then films happened, but I did not concentrate on it much. I enjoy doing different things…it has enriched me as a person. Thankfully, lines are blurring,” she smiles.