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Game to fame

Aditi Gowitrikar has seen several transitions in her career



star and style The model mom is a picture of cool

With a healthy haze of crimson on her cheeks and wind-swept mane, Aditi Gowitrikar is a picture of cool. Into professions that are increasingly defined by nanoseconds, here's a ramp scorcher-Bollywood actor who is hardly in a hurry. "Yes, we live out of suitcases sometimes, but catch up on people whenever it's possible," she smiles, the crimson turning to a deep beet red.

Aditi doesn't actually give the photographer the perfunctory pose Number one, two, three. Instead, she pauses, thinks about every move before she teases the camera. And when she strikes a pose, it's precise — just like the prescriptions she gave her patients a few years ago. "I've seen many transitions in the last few years — doctor to model and model to actress. But things just happened. It was in 1996 that I was encouraged to participate in the Gladrags competition. To my surprise, I won the crown. Asian Super Model and Ms. World titles followed and there was no looking back. Modelling assignments poured in and life just steam-rolled ahead. I tried juggling medical practice and modelling, but soon realised that both demanded complete focus. So I took a break from medicine. But some day, I will get back to it," she says with confidence.

On big screen

Surviving her ramp years with style, Aditi, who made her big screen debut with the Milind Soman starrer 16 December, is now doing a few other films, including Paheli which has Shah Rukh Khan in the lead. "Acting is different from ramp shows. It's a lot more hard work. I was a bit apprehensive in the beginning, but the going turned out to be pretty smooth. I didn't have to struggle to get chances." But because of her good looks doesn't everyone want to discuss her as a mannequin? Is histrionics the last thing people associate with her? "I haven't heard anyone say that I don't act well and that I only look good in the films I've done so far," she retorts frostily.

Having endorsed so many designers and dozens of products, what exactly does she consider her personal style? "I'm aware of the trends. But you can be stylish without becoming a fashion victim. I'll not force something on myself just because it's in vogue. For instance, when kurtis were hot, I said a definite `no' to them. When I was doing medicine, I remember just taking whatever was placed on top of the dhobi's pile and wearing it. But when I entered the business of beauty, I became fastidious about fashion. Because, wherever I went, I was being photographed. Good clothes are important to make an impression in today's corporate culture too."

Talk about fitness, and Aditi goes on... "I don't follow a strict fitness regimen because of my lifestyle. But I can tell from experience, that one can stay fit if one eats in moderation. Never eat full stomach. Workout whenever it's possible. But sometimes, it's nice to give in to your cravings. For instance, this afternoon, I polished up a sumptuous South Indian thali!"

One of the few model-moms in the country, she says, "My daughter Kiara is my world. Children give you such unconditional love, which you usually don't find in other relationships."

T. KRITHIKA REDDY

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