Akshay Kumar turns a year older today


The actor who changed the face of action films in the Hindi Film Industry is Rajiv Bhatia better known as our very own Akshay Kumar. He has juggled various professions before zeroing in on acting. The 9th of September marks his birthday. On this occasion let us recollect his journey from scratch.

Early life-

He was brought up in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk. From a very tender age he was interested in Martial Arts. After procuring in Taekwondo a black belt he went to Bangkok to study martial arts. During his stay there he learned Muay Thai and also worked there as a chef.

When he returned, he started utilizing his knowledge in martial arts as a teacher to earn a living. Then modeling happened through one of his student’s help and then he got a break in the film “Deedar” and the rest as they say is history.

Career-

Though Deedar was offered first the movie that released first was Saugandh in 1991. In 1992 released the suspense thriller Khiladi. 1994 turned out to be a very successful year for him with back to back hits like “Main Khiladi and Tu Anari”, ”Mohra” and “Yeh Dillagi”.

In the year 1995 continued his Khiladi series with “Sabse Bada Khiladi” and “Khiladiyon Ke Khiladi” which also starred Rekha and Raveena. Both the films were a huge success.

In the 1997 film “Dil Toh Pagal Hai”, Akshay was seen in an endearing role opposite Madhuri Dixit. However, after this there was a low phase in his career which was revived by films like “Sangharsh” and “Jaanwar” in 1999.

With the start of the new millennium we saw Akshay in a new avtar. The comedy film “Hera Pheri” was a huge success and the trio of Paresh Rawal, Suniel Shetty and Akshay Kumar is fondly remembered. He also portrayed a grey character in the film Ajnabee.

Akshay is one of those actors who has tried his hand at different films in which he has depicted different characters. Films like “Dhadkan”, “Ek Rishtaa”,”Bewafaa”, “Waqt”, “Aakhen” have all been different.

However, one genre that he has mastered other than action is comedy. His comic-timing in films like “Garam Masala”, “Mujhse Shaadi Karoge”, “Aawara Paagal Deewana”, “Phir Hera Pheri”, Welcome, Heyy Baby and “Bhagam Bhag” have received accolades from the critics and the audiences.

He proved his acting skills in films like “Namastey London” and “Bhool Bhulaiya” which were successful.

The success of the more recent Housefull series, “Desi Boyz” and action flick “Rowdy Rathore” have consolidated his position in the industry. ”Rowdy Rathore” and “Housefull 2” even grossed more than 100 crores. Evidently, many of these films won him awards.

Television ventures-

Akshay is one of those few actors who has had a successful run at the small-screen. His “Khatron ke Khiladi” and “Masterchef India” have been successful and has been able to pull viewers attention to his shows.

Personal Life-

Akshay Kumar had an image of that of a Casanova. He has dated a number of his co-stars like Pooja Batra, Ayesha Jhulka, Raveena Tandon, and Shilpa Shetty. However, the one woman who was able to tame him was Twinkle Khanna with whom he eventually got married. The two are looked upon as a happy couple. They have a son named Aarav and are expecting their second child.

Akshay is one of the most good-looking and fittest men of the Industry. In a day and age when actors stay put in a gym he enjoys parkour, and kick-boxing to maintain his health.

In all these years Akshay has evolved as an actor. He has contributed immensely to the Film Industry. He is an actor who can effortlessly slip in to any character. He has done a humongous number of films and in the process mastered the different genres.


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