No doubt, every Bollywood fan is welloriented to the fact that actor Aamir Khan (50) has gained about 25 kilos for his upcoming film ‘Dangal’, the shooting of which recently started in villages around Ludhiana but very few know the man who trained him for this humongous (no pun intended) task.
He is 32-year-old Rahul Bhatt, a celebrity fitness trainer and son of acclaimed film-maker Mahesh Bhatt who says it is very inspiring to train the perfectionist Khan, not for one but many reasons.
“This is my maiden opportunity to be responsible for Aamir Khan’s fitness and diet and from day one. I have observed that his dedication towards his goals is beyond comparison and he is highly disciplined. Most importantly, he is a ‘world class listener’, a virtue that very few individuals have,” says Bhatt, who is also accompanying the actor in Ludhiana for his daily training.
Ask him if it makes him nervous to train Khan who is known for his perfectionist attitude and he says with a smile, “I have been asked this question several times but I must say that he never lets you feel the weight of it. He wants to keep learning. I may be younger than him in age, but he listens to me with all sincerity. In fact, he has surrendered himself and never interferes in any of the training sessions or diet discussions that I hold. In a nutshell, he respects the expert and every mentor he hires and not all stars have the same attitude.”
However, it was astonishing to absorb that in the coming months, Aamir Khan will also have to regain his normal weight (60-70 kilos) within five months and for the same has to go for highly intensive training on a daily basis.
“Aamir is also required to portray a younger Mahavir Singh Phogat in his mid-20s, so bringing him back to his normal body weight also has to be worked at. It will include training three to four times a day, a strict diet plan and a lot more that will be very challenging for him and we have to achieve it within five months,” he says.