My book

This book is a bestseller having sold 45000 copies till date and soon to be made into a major international motion picture.

For most of his childhood, Rahul Bhatt did not know a father's unconditional love - A vacuum that the advent of David Coleman Headley filled for a while. David Headley: the dashing, intriguing Pakistani with one brown and one green eye, a man who could pass him off as an American quite easily, a charmer of men and women alike.

Fitness business

Rahul weighed 122-kg before he toiled hard at a gym to shape up his body - In his journey from an object of ridicule to Men's Health cover model he took up fitness training as a profession, providing guidance and inspiration to others faced with a smiliar problem.

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About me

Rahul Bhatt: A Profile
By Subhash K Jha
Rahul Bhatt was barely 18 when he realized that he needs to be a self-made man.At that young age Mahesh bhatt's son took charge of the protection of his mother and sister, leaving nothing to chance and destiny.

"I realized early that destiny is what you make of the opportunities provided to you,"says the reclusive Rahul who has involuntarily become controversy's second-favourite child,after Salman Khan. Like it or not,Rahul keeps featuring in front-page reports of activities that may or may not have a direct bearing on his life.

"I would rather concentrated on my career. Now that I've built my body I want to build on my body of work," says the gym enthusiast whose aim is to do rugged action films, far away from his father's illustrious banner. Self-made man,ready to be a self-made success-story, so far Rahul's best known for his association with David Headley.

Rahul looks back with retrospective stupefaction at that controversial friendship ."As I look back I wonder how I came close to this man without ever suspecting what he was really up to! So much has been said about what happened. I'm writing the whole sequence of events down so it would help me to understand the situation better."

The news itself has got Rahul "tempting offers" from three publishers. But he hasn't yet decided on anything. "It may be of great curiosity-value for others. But my experiences with Headley are not just a story for me. It is that part of my life which has forever determined my relationship with the outside world. I trusted and believed in Headley completely without knowing who he was and what his intentions were. Now I can never trust anyone I meet. I've become wary of human contact."

No wonder he's now spending all his time writing the book. Apparently the book will chronicle details about Rahul's interactions with Headley, that have yet not been revealed to the outside world. "I don't have too many friends, nor do I indulge in nocturnal activities.I'd rather spend my time writing my story. I'm trying to piece together the entire period of my life when I knew him. While we interacted I never guessed what his intentions were. Headley kept saying he sees a reflection of himself in me. It was only later that I realised he was trying to create a replica of himself in me. In hindsight it is a very scary thought. I could've been completely destroyed by the experience."

The movie career too is poised to take off in the coming year. And Rahul has Salman Khan's good wishes.

Says Rahul appreciatively, "All I can say at this point is that in Salman I've found the perfect mentor and guide. I look up to him. And I value his opinion. If he thinks I've the potential then I believe I do."

Health & Fitness
  • Who would have thought that a 122-kg guy could not just whip his body into shape, but also take up fitness training as a profession, providing guidance and inspiration to others faced with a smiliar problem? Now, meet Rahul Bhatt. From a teenager who dealt with gynaecomastia (male breasts) along with acne, Rahul has worked his way to becoming a Men's Health cover model. All it takes is a simple dose of motivation, he tells you, and with it, anyone can go the distance.

    Fat on the brain "My mother tells me that I wasn't a fat child. In fact, till the age of six, I was skinny. It was then that I started putting on weight," says Rahul, overeating, he adds, to cope with the less than great relationship he had with his father. Incidentally, he is filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt's son.

    Rahul's concerned mother comforted the child by feeding him—rather too well—and set him on a path of obsession with food. His inability to make close friends at school did not help matters. "Food was my only companion at this time," says Rahul. "I kept gaining weight and withdrew even further into my shell."

    At the very young age of 11, Rahul weighed an astounding 122kg, becoming an object of ridicule for everyone, including his relatives. "This made me angrier and I turned to food with a greater vengeance," says Rahul. "These were the most brutal years of my life."

    The point of return At 15, when most of you would have been trying out the latest in jeans and eyeing the hottest girls in high school, Rahul began to turn his life around. By this time, he had reached the depths of despair: he could not learn to swim, he was developing male breasts due to a hormonal disorder and no girl would look twice at him—except perhaps to sneer at him.

    "I realised I had to do something. It was an age when girls had begun to occupy my mind and I was painfully aware that my weight was a very big hurdle in the dating game," says the now muscular cover model.

    But a wariness gripped him—a wariness such as many of you may have experienced at very difficult moments in your life. Rahul knew he had to do something, but he didn't know how and or with whose help.

    "By nature, I don't discuss my problems openly," says Rahul. "Though I come from a family that encourages conversations, I felt it was very unmanly to discuss one's problems. I realise that a lot of my weight problem had to do with this trait of bottling up my emotions."

    Now or never Before this, Rahul's sporadic attempts at dieting had failed. "Every time I shed a couple of kilos, I lost my resolve and put on four. But I knew this time would be different," says Rahul.

    He knew, because this time his obsession with food had been replaced by a new one—fitness. "I know obsession with anything is unhealthy but at least I was fortunate that I got hooked on to fitness, not to smoking or drugs. But I was manic about weight loss and I dropped my first 45kg in three months. Surprisingly, I reduced only through crash dieting and walking, no appetite suppressants or any medicines. It was sheer will power."

    It's also here that you get to see why Rahul's mental strength did not flag this time: because success begets success. The more weight he lost, the more he was driven to keep losing. "I gave up chapatis, cereals, bread and rice. And my rapid weight loss was spurring me to continue. Of course, today I would never recommend that path to anyone."

    While Rahul's weight loss was drastic, the speed of it took its toll. "The crash diet destroyed my gall bladder. Also my skin became loose and it hung on my frame." Rahul shares with you his insight: gradual weight loss is the healthiest method.

    Meeting the guru Around this time, Rahul came in contact with Kaizad Kapadia, "a man consumed by his passion for fitness". He remains a mentor till today. "I enrolled at Kaizad's class at K-11 fitness academy and got certified in 1995-96." This three-month course taught Rahul the basics about nutrition, weight training and first-aid and also triggered his interest in bodybuilding.

    This was a happy time. "I was thinner, and since I could not play any sports at school, I took to bodybuilding as a sport," says Rahul. It made him what he is.

    "My training as an instructor, my reading and my own understanding of how the body functions through my earlier mistakes made me confident. I wanted to make a career in the business. I could help people emotionally since I knew what it felt like to be fat."

    The next phase Rahul was replacing flab with muscle and also adding to his knowledge with voracious reading. He got two more courses under his belt in the next one year—a correspondence course with the International Sports Sciences Association, US, and another one with American Council of Exercise.

    The now qualified Rahul got his first job at Moksh, a high-profile gym in Mumbai. "People appreciated me for what I was, not as Mahesh Bhatt's son or Pooja Bhatt's brother. I got the credit that I deserved." Rahul then moved to Inch by Inch, another fitness centre, to manage it. He is now ready to become an actor, but his first love remains fitness.

    The big lesson The only way to really transform yourself, Rahul tells you, is to "get manic about it". If you have been fat, you will never want to be that again and this fear will keep your obsession with weight loss going, says the man who knows what he's talking about.

    But he has a word of caution, too: "It's imperative to make sure that your regimen is not detrimental to your health, which happens in many cases, as in mine."

    Another tip for those aspiring to look more in shape: "In our country, we do not have a single governing body that controls and certifies fitness instructors, giving a lot of fly-by-night operators a chance to make a quick buck. But before taking help from any instructor, make sure that he is certified. And always remember, the greatest aid in weight loss is motivation and ironically the greatest motivation is weight loss itself!"

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This book is a bestseller having sold 45000 copies till date and soon to be made into a major international motion picture.

For most of his childhood, Rahul Bhatt did not know a father's unconditional love - A vacuum that the advent of David Coleman Headley filled for a while. David Headley: the dashing, intriguing Pakistani with one brown and one green eye, a man who could pass him off as an American quite easily, a charmer of men and women alike.

Headley inveigled his way into Rahul's simple world and, in no time, swept him off his feet. It is only when ten men made a mockery of Mumbai in a well-planned act of terrorism that Rahul realized how close he had come to being a part of the careful plotting and the innumerable recces that Headley had carried out.

This is a complex tale of human relationships and the deceit therin. It is a story of Rahul Bhatt, an aspiring Bollywood actor, and his encounter with David Coleman Headley, the man who was responsible for a ruthlessly executed carnage in which 166 people were killed and over 300 injured in 59 hours that brought Mumbai to despair and shook India.

A pulse-racing narrative told in the voices of Bhatt and Headley, HEADLEY AND I traces the months leading up to the horrors of 26/11 and the interrogation that followed.

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