Rahul Bhatt in the line of fire again

Sep 13, 2011, 12:29 IST | Subhash K Jha

Rahul Bhatt's gun license delayed apparently due to a criminal record in his past

Rahul Bhatt's gun license delayed apparently due to a criminal record in his past

While reports have suggested that the Mumbai police are moving cautiously on Rahul Bhatt's request for a gun license due to his connection with US terror operative David Headley, the real reason for the delay apparently may be a criminal record in his past.

"It was a minor thing. I was immature and hot-headed, and it involved the dignity of my sister," confesses Rahul about the brawl he had with actor/VJ Ranvir Shorey in 2002 after he allegedly assaulted Pooja Bhatt in a drunken stupor.

Rahul says he doesn't regret it. "If I had to protect my sister or mother, I'd do it again. I've been the man of the house ever since my father (filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt) left.

I know my responsibilities. I am not a loose canon. I don't smoke or drink. I'm a responsible enough to own a gun, especially since the police think I'm on the hit list of certain people. I am the anonymous son an infamous father."

He says he is surprised that his request for a gun license has been leaked to the press. "I wish government agencies would respect the code of confidentiality that exists between them and civilians.

Yes, I've applied for a gun license, but it is more for my mother's protection than mine," he says, informing that he had trained in rifle shooting while in school.

On a complete different note, Rahul says his well-known filmmaker father has shown no interest in launching him in Bollywood.
"Neither has my father shown any inclination in launching me, nor am I keen on his doing so. I'll find my own bearings in life," says the Bhatt scion, currently under police protection.

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