Janaki Viswanathan chats up with model Aditi Govitrikar aka Khatron ki Khiladi on her experiences in the reality show. Aditi is among the top three finalists now.
How was the fire stunt in last night’s episode of Khatron ke Khiladi? You nearly passed out.
Nearly? I did pass out. It was scary. During the trial run, I was the only one who could perform it. But when we began rolling, I slipped. I needed help but it took a while coming. By then, due to lack of oxygen, I was almost blacking out. I did the entire stunt in a daze.. I was very disoriented. When it was over, I fainted.
In hindsight, what’s your take on letting your partner Ajit perform the Roll Baby Roll car flip stunt?
At the very outset, Ajit and I had made up our minds that I would do the stunts involving cycling and he would do the ones involvig cars. I hate driving. I don’t even drive in Mumbai. Ajit was a stronger and a better contender for the stunt than I am.
Did you expect to make it to the final three?
See, luck has played a huge role too, especially in the lock-and-key stunts. The competition was healthy and the girls were gutsy, except for Vidya Malvade.
Didn’t you try to motivate her?
Of course we all did! But she wouldn’t listen. At some level, I understand where she was coming from. She had hurt her face pretty badly with the first stunt because she jumped erratically. She was very scared of injuring herself further.
Anything you’re no longer scared of, thanks to Khatron ke Khiladi?
Snakes. If someone had told me I’d lie in a glass case with reptiles all over me and still escape unscathed, I wouldn’t have believed it. But I did it.. and I’m not so scared of snakes any more.
Anything you’re still scared of?
Dogs! When I was in class three, I tried to feed a puppy and it bit me. I’ve been terrified of dogs ever since. The very thought of the stunt in which the bloodhounds chased us.. makes me shudder. Yana Gupta got out just before the semi-final, apparently because she misunderstood the instructions. Isn’t that unfair since the show is in
Hindi and she doesn’t speak any?
It was unfair. She didn’t deserve to go. But if she had a problem following what was being said, she ought to have made that clear. It was a bit of her mistake too.
Are you quite the supermom now for your kids?
(Laughs) My son is just a year-and-a-half old, so he hardly knows what’s happening. My daughter is nine. Now she knows her mamma is strong. She’s more obedient. When I’d tell her to learn how to cycle, she’d say, “Why ma? I’ll just take the car or a taxi.” She doesn’t argue any more on that count because she has seen me do a bicycle stunt.
So, what next?
I’ve been flooded with appreciation. I have my sights trained on television.. I’m in love with reality shows. There’s such an adrenaline rush to them.
Would you host, participate or judge? Whichever is the most exciting.
I do have something in hand right now but my lips are sealed.
Your caller tune is Kabhi kabhi Aditi.. an ode to yourself?
You bet! My sister’s name is Arzoo and my brother is Mausam. Songs would always have their names but never mine. When this song came along, I was thrilled.
Does your husband sing it to you?
(Giggles) No, my daughter does.
Lastly, you’re a qualified doctor. Do you still practise?
No, I had to give it up. Once, I juggled modelling and gynaecology and it was crazy. I would deliver seven to eight babies and then get dressed to walk on the ramp. So I’m not a doctor for now. I may go back to it in the future.