January 24, 1982 |
|Relatives||Mukesh Bhatt (uncle)
Pooja Bhatt (sister)
Alia Bhatt (half-sister)
Emraan Hashmi (cousin)
Mohit Suri (cousin)
Rahul Bhatt (Hindi: राहुल भट्ट) (born January 24, 1982), is an Indian fitness trainer and an aspiring film actor. The son of famous film director Mahesh Bhatt and Kiran Bhatt, Rahul gained unwitting notoriety in 2009 following revelations that David Headley, an accused in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, had befriended him. In an investigative report by PBS, Rahul Bhatt was described as a B-movie actor asking for favors to reveal more details about Headley.
The only son of Mahesh Bhatt and Kiran Bhatt (aka Loraine Bright) and brother of actress Pooja Bhatt, Rahul weighed 122 kilograms before he began working out. He thanks his fitness mentor Kaizzad Capadia. Rahul's father planned to launch him in 2007 with the film Suicide Bomber to be directed by Anurag Basu.
Association with David Headley
In September 2008, Rahul Bhatt and friend Vilas Varak met David Headley at a Mumbai gym. After the 26/11 attacks, Headley wrote Rahul an email in which he said he would soon be visiting them again. According to Headley's testimony, he was fond of Bhatt and wanted to recruit him as an ISI agent. He had also warned Bhatt not to visit South Mumbai area on November 26, the day the Mumbai attacks started.
- Hindustan Times (13 Nov 2009). "Who's Rahul Bhatt". Hindustan Times.
- Rahul Bhatt said, "One incident when we were going to South Mumbai that he mentioned to us there was a bombing in Islamabad, at the Marriott in Islamabad, and I remember him very clearly telling me "you know guys you are going to see things like that happening now in this country."" Jonathan Miller (21 Jan 2010). "Exclusive: I had a hunch he was an agent". Channel 4.
- "A Perfect Terrorist". Public Broadcasting Service. 22 Nov 2011. The segment about Rahul Bhatt starts at 30:30 of the video report
- "'Bigg Boss evictions aren't through public voting'". Rediff. Retrieved 2010-12-03. "Rahul Bhatt was evicted from Bigg Boss last week"
- Channel 4 News (21 January 2010). "The double life of David Headley". Channel 4.
- PTI (2011-05-27). "I wanted to cultivate Rahul Bhatt as ISI agent: Headley". Hindustan Times.