The reclusive actress builds a gym at home… but has no trainer

Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 7, 2010)

Remember we reported in BT on July 12, that Rani Mukerji was slowly turning into a recluse, that she had cut off all ties with her regular Bollywood contacts and was rarely stepping outside her Juhu bungalow? And this we had said when the actress had just made a rare appearance at designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s new store in Mumbai and gone on the sets of Karan Johar’s TV show. Well, there’s more to add on Rani’s reclusive ways.

The actress, whose next film will be Rajendra Gupta’s No One killed Jessica with Vidya Balan, has converted a portion of her residence into a personal gym because she doesn’t want to go out and exercise in public. Rani, a source said, wants to single-mindedly train and maintain the curvaceous and fab body she acquired for Dil Bole Hadippa! last year. And she wants to work out with a personal trainer for three hours every day in this home gym that has all modern equipment.

But, again, there is a hitch. A-list celeb trainers seldom take time out exclusively for one client. There are a handful of them and all of Bollywood demands their services. Rani likes to train in the mornings like many other stars, so she’s finding it difficult to get a trainer who will give up all his/her clients and only work on her. The alternative, of course, is to hit the gym… but that the actress wants to avoid. For some reason, Rani does not want to be seen in public and is particular about people not having direct access to her.