Chandigarh girl Jonita Doda, who has been seen in numerous Punjabi films including Gurdas Maan-starrer Chak Jawana (2010), was in the city on Friday to launch Aura Thai Spa in Sector 8. Saying fitness is always on her mind, she talked about her love for sports and making choices in films.
"I am not very regular with gymming and yoga, but I love playing tennis," she shares, adding that she had personally tried the services of the Aura Thai Spa, which is located right across her flat in Mumbai, before becoming its brand ambassador.
What's keeping her busy in Mumbai? "My plate is quite full these days," she says ecstatically, and adds, "Recently, at the Punjab Fashion Week, I was the show stopper for designer Riyaz Gangji. Then there is most my most waited film, Yamley Jatt Yamley, which is all set to hit theatres this November. Another project, a film called Dil Sada Lutiya Gaya, is in the pre-production stage and also stars Ashmit Patel and Kirron Kher." The model-turned-actor is also doing films down south, she tells us. "Yes, south Indian cinema keeps me busy too. I am shooting for a film called Zebra Crossing with Mohan Lal (super hero of the south)," she smiles.
As she remembers to talk about another of her Hindi film projects, a film titled Saturday Nights that also stars Hollywood actor Jeremy Williams, she talks about doing lead roles. "I always go for lead roles; even in Kannada and Tamil films I play the lead. Though there is the language barrier, but now, I have learnt enough Kannada so that no one can make a fool out of me," she informs.
On why she didn't stick with Bollywood, the pretty actor says, "I am really happy experimenting and doing quality work in Punjab, down south and Hindi cinema. I do not choose to get stuck in Bollywood." With her mother and herself as her best critics, she says she continues to grow everyday.
Aura Thai Spa
Aura Thai Spa has a nice Thai ambience, having been decorated in a traditional style with Lord Buddha's artworks. "The spa's staff is a group of trained therapists from Thailand, certified by the ministry of health and wellness, Thailand," claims the manager Imran Khan. The three therapists who are already here do not know Hindi or English. In which case, it is only the language of smile and markings on a chart which would help.
Services available here
Full body traditional Thai massage (dry therapy), priced between R1,000 -2,900
(30 minutes - 1 hour 20 minutes)
Full body Aroma therapy massage (oil therapy); priced between R2,100 -3,500
Foot reflexology (R1,000 - R2,800)
Thai herbal compression therapy (for 60 minutes, costing R2,300)
Special therapy (back/ head and shoulder), starts at R1,000 and goes up to R2,900
Body scrubs (with raw sugar polish) for R2,450; Lemon Salt Glow at R2,450
Body wraps - Dead Sea Masque costs R2,800; Whitening Body Masque: R28,00
Facials - Luxury Booster costs R3,700; Refiner costs R3,400 and Wipe Away The Years costs R4,000