She reached far, just not far enough. Aditi Govitrikar, who was evicted from the Bigg Boss house on Friday, says she wasnâ€™t expecting being voted out. â€œI didnâ€™t think I would be evicted,â€ she says, quickly trying to explain the reason for her eviction. â€œAt some level, being non-controversial and not having catfights worked against me,â€ she says.
Why did you opt for Bigg Boss?
I opted for Bigg Boss because I wanted to start my career all over again, after delivering my baby who is two and half years old now. Bigg Boss is the biggest reality show in India, and I thought that it could give me the mileage for starting a second innings. At the end of it, it was overall an enriching experience.
You say it’s a good platform, but there can be times when your image can get hampered. Were you not skeptical of this?
Yes, I agree of this fact. But I wanted to be part of the challenge, and did not want to refuse what’s being offered to me. I just kept my fingers crossed and went for it.
So you aim to do only reality shows on TV?
No, I have never said that!! Two reality shows came my way, and I really had a blast. I have done Fear Factor which was completely different, and now Bigg Boss. Both were great fun, and I am now looking forward to a dancing reality show. I also want to get a good character role like in De Dhana Dhan, where I played Paresh Rawal’s second wife. I would like to do films like that.
What is the reason for starting your career all over again?
Well, I was on a break when I got pregnant with my kid. Now he is two and half years old, so I can take up some work. Also certain personal issues in my life have forced me to look for work.
How was your experience being a member in Big Boss?
It was an enriching experience. The biggest challenge for me was to live without my kids. I thought the journey would be easy but it wasn’t. It’s a psychological game, to be able to gel with people having different personalities. And then so much politics and so many games happening there, you have to adjust there and keep yourself calm.
Was it a conscious decision to just react and not initiate things?
I decided to be myself in the show. I would retaliate if someone confronts me. I will not sit back and take shit from anyone but to generate that kind of attention is not me.
Were you happy or sad while leaving the house? Did you feel like leaving the house at any point?
I had made up my mind that I would not cry in front of the camera as I did not want my kids to get disturbed. Nothing in the house made me cry except the time when I cried in the bathroom but I did feel like slapping people many times, especially Rohit (laughs).
Vinod Kambli went out in the nomination but Parvesh seems to be a good contestant. Did Praveshâ€™s entering later into the house give him an advantage?
When both of them arrived we felt bad and all the housemates wanted them to go first as we were there from so long. But yes, he came after five weeks, and had seen the way in which we were playing the game. He is a focused and a smart player, I wish he was there from the start.
Vindu is very popular but what do you think about him as a person? How was your experience with him?
Vindu is a very complicated person but pure at heart and an entertainer. He has made up his mind that he has to win so he talks to himself and to the camera.
Initially, I found that disturbing because it’s weird. Now, it seems that I was the only person who didn’t do that. I think even sharing our feelings with plants were a burden to them. I thought they might die if I start pouring out my heart to them!
Claudia Ciesla also grabbed attention because of her friendship with Pravesh Rana? But do you think Pravesh and Claudiaâ€™s friendship was only to seek attention?
They became good friends by the end of it but to begin with, it was to attract attention for themselves. Such things always grab eyeballs. I like Pravesh because heâ€™s smart but he had an upper hand advantage over others because he came late into the game. I wish he had been inside from Day 1. Claudia is very sweet and I liked her a lot as a person.
And what about Poonam Dhilon ?
During the last week certain problems cropped up â€” I feel she was picking on me. But actually what happened was that, initially when everyone was present, I would spend most of my time with Tanaaz, Bhakhtyar and Shamita so I did not get a chance to interact with Poonamji but later on, we bonded well.
But yes, there were some arguments and hiccups that could have been avoided. Poonamji has played the game the way she feels is right. I think she has an equal chance of winning the show.
Now that you are no more part of the game, have you forgiven Rohit?
Who am I to forgive him, I am not God? Yes, I am really upset with the clipping shown to us. I am more upset with Rohit when compared to the other two, because Rohit gave me an impression that he loves me. He used to say that I am a nice person and he respects me. But plotting against everyone saying, ‘Mallika ko nikalo’, ‘Doctor ko nikalo’, ‘Khiladi ko nikalo’ was not right at all. He really back stabbed Tanaaz, Bakhtiyar and Claudia. If he had played the game purely, he would have stayed in the house even now.
Whom do you think will win the title?
It’s a very tough thing to say. Now that I am not in the house, and am seeing the show from an outsider’s perspective, I really can’t say.
Was there any moment in the house where you felt like running out?
(laughs) I had made up my mind that I will not cry in front of the camera. I did not want my kids to break down, seeing me cry. But I did break down once in the bathroom, but nothing in the house made me cry. I felt like slapping people many times, especially Rohit.
You were a very good friend of Vinod Kambli, but he became very upset when you voted him out?
Kambli happens to be my husband’s friend. Whenever we have met, we have had a casual chat. But in the game, we had to nominate someone giving a valid reason, and I think I did that. I was not the only one who nominated him. Above all, the final decision is never in our hands.
Did Pravesh entering later into the house give him an advantage?
Yes he came into the house with an advantage. He came after five weeks, and had seen the way in which we were playing the game. So it became easier for him to play smart.
So what did you gain from the Bigg Boss house?
I made three good friends in Tanaaz, Bakhtiyar and Shamita Shetty.
So what after Bigg Boss?
I have just got out, I will want to first meet my kids. I will then rehearse for my performance in the Grand Finale. Only after that will I sit with my manager to discuss future plans.