24 January 1982|
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Relatives||See Bhatt family|
Rahul "Sunny" Bhatt (born 24 January 1982), is an Indian fitness trainer. The son of 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 favours to reveal more details about Headley. He was a contestant on Bigg Boss 4 in 2010.
The only son of Mahesh Bhatt and Kiran Bhatt (aka Loraine Bright) and younger 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. He claims to have warned Bhatt not to visit South Mumbai area on 26 November, the day the Mumbai attacks started.
- Hindustan Times (13 November 2009). "Who's Rahul Bhatt". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 9 October 2010.
- 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 January 2010). "Exclusive: I had a hunch he was an agent". Channel 4.
- "A Perfect Terrorist". Public Broadcasting Service. 22 November 2011. The segment about Rahul Bhatt starts at 30:30 of the video report
- "'Bigg Boss evictions aren't through public voting'". Rediff. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
Rahul Bhatt was evicted from Bigg Boss last week
- Channel 4 News (21 January 2010). "The double life of David Headley". Channel 4.
- PTI (27 May 2011). "I wanted to cultivate Rahul Bhatt as ISI agent: Headley". Hindustan Times.