The Ahuja household is in celebration mode this Diwali, what with actor Govinda getting into his best shape ever and the launch of their home production, Govinda Entertainment No 1.
“Diwali is a fun time,” says Govinda, who, by his own admission, has never missed a single Diwali at home. “We have the traditional Laxmi Puja in the evening and after that, the whole family gathers at our home and we light sparklers, burst crackers and then feast on the delicious spread prepared by Sunita — especially her to-die-for mutton masala. And then the fun begins when the cards are brought out and we all sit down to play through the night,” says the actor.
The Ahujas have always celebrated Diwali this way — even before Govinda and Sunita were married. “This is a tradition that has continued right from our courtship days,” says Sunita. “When we were dating, we used to meet at my jijaji’s (brother-in-law Anand Singh) house, and during Diwali, I would cook mutton for Chi Chi (as Govinda is fondly called) and we would all play rummy. So in a way, our way of celebrating Diwali hasn’t changed much. After Chi Chi became a star, the celebrations may have got more elaborate, but the essence is the same,” she adds.
One part of this tradition that has grown more opulent is Govinda’s Diwali gift to Sunita. “When we were dating, Chi Chi didn’t have much money, but every single day, he would give me a chocolate,” says Sunita. “And then, when he got his first ad shoot, he bought me a simple gold set with the money he earned,” she adds. As for completing 25 years of marriage, Govinda says, “I may not have been a perfect husband, but I have tried to be a good one.”