'It was very exciting to meet Akshay Kumar'
Celebrity swimming instructor Farzad Billimoria on the stars and celeb kids who train with him.entertainment Updated: Jul 12, 2011 16:35 IST
Farzad Billimoria started his aquatic training centre, Aqua Personal, in 1994. He specialises in introducing children to basic swimming and dealing with aqua phobia. Over the years, the ace swimmer has become famous for training celebrity kids as well as their parents and teaching new techniques to the rich and the famous.
“It was very exciting to meet Akshay Kumar, better still when he mentioned that he wanted come to me to brush up on his technique. His wife Twinkle was very involved in their son Aarav's training too,” he says. Farzad’s other celebrity clients include Mohinder Amarnath, Sonali Bendre, Tanya Deol, Diandra Soares, Mia, Hrehaan (Hrithik Roshan's son), Ranveer (Sonali Bendre’s son), Zidanne (Zayed Khan’s son), Maiesha (Rani Mukerjee’s niece), Abrez (Akbar Khan's Son), Neevan (Sonu Niigaam’s son), Azaan and Fizaa (Farah Khan Ali's children), Dharam (Bobby Deol's son) and Naomi (Twinkle Khanna’s niece).
Talking about his start pupils, Farzad says, “Hrehaan, initially, was a bit slow but eventually swam showing an exited papa Hrithik that he can. Zidanne was an underwater swimmer. The moment you left him, he would go under water and start shouting out to his mom Malika to see him. Dharam was a bit scared initially, but after learning to swim, gave me a peck on my cheek and said I'm his best teacher. Tanya Deol was a fast learner. On the other hand, Sonali Bendre took some time but both were very interested in perfecting their strokes.”
Cricketer Mohinder Amarnath was the first celeb to train under Farzad: “Because of regular exercising, Mohinder was a bit stiff. I had to completely relax him. Once he started swimming there was no stopping him.” Recently, Farzad trained, Diandra Soares and Mia for Khatron Ke Khiladi 4. The duo trained for underwater breathing techniques, stamina building exercises, diving, how to focus and not panicking and facing obstacles. He says, “Both Diandra and Mia were very focused and would work hard towards achieving their goals.”