Saif Ali Khan wants eight-pack abs for his film Agent Vinod with girlfriend Kareena Kapoor, but the man who began his training claims the actor does not want to pay for the workout sessions.
Personal trainer Satyajit Chaurasia, who has several clients in Bollywood, says he worked with Saif for the past two-and-a-half months but has now been forced to discontinue his services because of unpaid dues running into “seven figures”.
A source close to the actor, however, denies any non-payment issues. Satya says, “I had quoted my fees verbally to Dinesh Vijan, co-producer of the film and Saif’s business partner. He was okay with it then. But later, whenever I brought up the matter of payment, he brushed it aside. When I sent the bills to him, he returned them saying that they were too much. I told them that I could not continue this way and walked out.” The trainer adds that Saif never contacted him “to ask what happened”.
The source close to the actor tells us, “Satya has had exactly four sessions with Saif. After the very first session, Saif decided to discontinue Satya’s service and he has now joined a training centre called Gold’s Gym in Bandra. He did this due to some personal issues that have nothing to do with money.”
There were timing problems with Saif, counters Satya - the star apparently needed a lot of prodding to complete his workouts and demanded more time than the trainer could spare from his clients like Zayed Khan, Rani Mukerjee and Esha Deol. Despite all this, the trainer says he has no hard feelings about Chhote Nawaab. “I will always consider him my friend.”