Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia was born September 9, 1967, better known by his stage name Akshay Kumar, is a Hindi film actor and producer who was born in India. Akshay Kumar has starred in over 100 films over the course of his acting career and has won numerous prizes, including a National Film Award for Best Actor and two Filmfare Awards. Akshay Kumar is one of Hindi cinema's most prolific actors.
Almost every one of Akshay Kumar’s films has been a commercial success. Akshay Kumar began his career with Saugandh in 1991. With the action movie Khiladi (1992), Akshay Kumar had his first commercial hit, which led to the Khiladi film series. Yeh Dillagi (1994), Dhadkan (2000), Andaaz (2003), and Namastey London are some of Akshay Kumar’s romantic films (2007). Hera Pheri (2000), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007), and Singh Is Kinng (2007) are among Akshay Kumar’s humorous roles (2008). Akshay Kumar received Filmfare Awards for the films Ajnabee (2001) and Garam Masala (2001). Akshay Kumar earned the National Film Award for best actor in the thriller Rustom after garnering positive reviews for Special 26 (2013), Baby (2015), and Airlift (2016). The social films Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017) and Pad Man (2018), as well as the war film Kesari (2019), all of which featured themes of Indian nationalism, drew even more attention. Akshay Kumar has also dabbled in stunt work. Akshay Kumar debuted the TV reality show Dare 2 Dance in 2014. Akshay Kumar is the owner of the World Kabaddi League's Khalsa Warriors.
Akshay Kumar was granted Canadian citizenship by the Conservative administration either during or after the 2011 Canadian federal election, using a little-known rule that permitted him to avoid the standard residency requirement for newcomers to Canada. According to Tony Clement, a former Conservative Party minister, Kumar was granted citizenship in exchange for his promise to utilize his star power to enhance Canada-Indian relations, as well as Canada's trade contacts, and commercial relations, the movie industry, and the tourism industry.
Akshay Kumar was born into a Punjabi family in Amritsar, Punjab, India, to Hari Om and Aruna Bhatia. Akshay Kumar’s father served in the army. Akshay Kumar has always been interested in sports since he was a child. Akshay Kumar’s father was also a fan of the sport. Akshay Kumar was born and raised in Delhi's Chandni Chowk and then relocated to Bombay when Akshay Kumar’s father quit the army to work for UNICEF as an accountant. Akshay Kumar's sister was born soon after, and the family moved to Koliwada, a Punjabi-dominated neighborhood in Central Bombay.
Akshay Kumar attended Don Bosco High School in Matunga, where Akshay Kumar earned his schooling while also mastering Karate. Akshay Kumar enrolled in Guru Nanak Khalsa College for higher education but dropped out due to a lack of interest in the subject. Akshay Kumar told his father that he wanted to continue learning martial arts, and his father managed to gather enough money to send him to Thailand. Akshay Kumar moved to Bangkok to study martial arts and spent five years in Thailand learning Thai Boxing. Alka Bhatia, Akshay Kumar's sister, is his other sibling. Akshay Kumar's father once asked him what he wanted to be when Kumar was a teenager. Akshay Kumar has shown an interest in acting.
Akshay Kumar studied martial arts in Bangkok, Thailand, where he learned Muay Thai and Akshay Kumar worked as a chef and waiter after earning a black belt in Taekwondo in India. After Thailand, Akshay Kumar worked in a tourist agency in Calcutta, a hotel in Dhaka as a chef, and a Kundan jewelry store in Delhi. When Akshay Kumar returned to Bombay, he began teaching martial arts.
During this time, the father of one of Akshay Kumar’s students, who was also a model coordinator, encouraged Akshay Kumar to pursue modeling, which led to a modeling job in a furniture showroom. Akshay Kumar made more money in the first two days of shooting than he did in a month's salary, so Akshay Kumar decided to pursue a modeling career. For 18 months, Akshay Kumar worked as an unpaid assistant for photographer Jayesh Sheth, shooting his first portfolio. In addition, Akshay Kumar worked as a background dancer in a number of films. Akshay Kumar missed his flight to Bangalore for an ad shoot one morning. Akshay Kumar went to a film studio with his portfolio, dissatisfied with himself. Producer Pramod Chakravarthy cast Akshay Kumar in the starring role in the film Deedar later that evening.
Akshay Kumar was twice engaged to actress Twinkle Khanna, the daughter of famous actor Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia and they got married on January 17, 2001. They have two children, a son, and a girl, and Akshay Kumar likes to keep his children away from the media and raise them in a regular environment.
Akshay Kumar was ranked 52nd on Forbes' list of highest-paid celebrities in the world between 2015 and 2019, with earnings of $48.5 million and the only actor from Bollywood on the list. Akshay Kumar is the first Hindi film actor to earn more than $20 billion (US$341.31 million) in domestic net lifetime collections by 2013, and $30 billion (US$446.46 million) by 2016. Forbes listed Akshay Kumar as the highest-paid Bollywood actor in 2020. Akshay Kumar was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Windsor in 2008, as well as the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian honor (2009).
In Saugandh, Akshay Kumar made his debut as a lead actor opposite Raakhee and Shantipriya (1991). In the same year, Akshay Kumar appeared in Dancer, directed by Kishore Vyas, which garnered mixed reviews. The next year, Akshay Kumar starred in Abbas Mustan's suspense thriller Khiladi, which was largely regarded as his breakout performance. According to a review in The Indian Express, the film is a gripping thriller, and Akshay Kumar is superb in the lead role, praising his physical appearance, great screen presence, and calm demeanor. Mr. Bond, directed by Raj Sippy and based on James Bond, was his next release. Deedar was Akshay Kumar’s last album, released in 1992. The film did not do well at the box office.
Akshay Kumar appeared opposite Dr. Vishnuvardhan and Ashwini Bhave in the Keshu Ramsay-directed multilingual film Ashaant in 1993. Dil Ki Baazi, Kayda Kanoon, Waqt Hamara Hai, and Sainik were among his films released in 1993 that did not do well economically. Akshay Kumar had 11 feature film roles in 1994. Akshay Kumar appeared as a cop in two films: Sameer Malkan's Main Khiladi Tu Anari and Rajiv Rai's Mohra, both of which were among the year's highest-grossing pictures. Later that year, Akshay Kumar played opposite Kajol in Yash Chopra's romantic comedy Yeh Dillagi.
The film and Akshay Kumar’s performance were both favorably received by critics, with The Indian Express praising Akshay Kumar and singling out his performance as one of the year's major mainstream triumphs. Akshay Kumar’s performance in the film garnered him his first Filmfare Award nomination for Best Actor and a Star Screen Award nomination. Akshay Kumar enjoyed success with films like Suhaag and the low-budget action flick Elaan during the same year. All of these accomplishments helped Akshay Kumar position himself as one of the year's most successful actors, according to Box Office India.
With what became known as the Khiladi series, Akshay Kumar had a lot of popularity. Sabse Bada Khiladi (1995) and Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996), both directed by Umesh Mehra and commercially successful, were Akshay Kumar’s fourth and fifth action thriller films with Khiladi in the title. In the first, Akshay Kumar had a dual role. Rekha and Raveena Tandon co-starred in Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi. Akshay Kumar got injured during the filming of the movie and had to travel to the United States for treatment. In a year-end review, Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express commented, "Without a doubt, it was Akshay Kumar in Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi who packed the theatres... He wore ankle-length great coats, wrestled with the scary Undertaker, and walked away with the film, much like Steven Segal."
Akshay Kumar received his first nomination for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for his supporting performance in the Yash Chopra-directed romantic comedy Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), which also starred Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, and Karisma Kapoor. In the same year, Akshay Kumar co-starred with Juhi Chawla in David Dhawan's comedy Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi, the fifth installment of the Khiladi franchise. It failed to make money, unlike his earlier films in the series. Another dual role in the romantic action picture Aflatoon, however, brought him considerable popularity. Despite his criticism of the film, critic Khalid Mohamed praised Akshay Kumar’s work: "The character of Akshay Kumar is brought to life. He rises to the situation when given something even remotely unusual to perform." Akshay Kumar’s subsequent commercial releases were a flop, resulting in a setback for him.
Akshay Kumar worked in the 1999 film International Khiladi, alongside Twinkle Khanna. At the box office, the movie was a mediocre performer. For Akshay Kumar’s roles in the films Sangharsh and Jaanwar, he gained critical acclaim. Despite the fact that the former failed to generate a profit at the box office, the latter was a commercial triumph and marked Akshay Kumar’s comeback.
Akshay Kumar featured alongside Paresh Rawal and Suneil Shetty in the Priyadarshan comedy Hera Pheri in 2000. The film, a replica of the Malayalam classic Ramji Rao Speaking, was a commercial success and a watershed moment in Akshay Kumar’s career. The Hindustan Times praised the film for its "intense portrayal of the human condition's surreality." Akshay Kumar also starred in the Dharmesh Darshan-directed romantic drama Dhadkan later that same year. The film performed moderately at the box office but Akshay Kumar was praised for his acting.
In the same year, Akshay Kumar climbed a running plane, stood on top of a plane flying a thousand feet in the air, and leaped from the plane onto a hot air balloon in Neeraj Vora's action film Khiladi 420, where Akshay Kumar did some of his most risky stunts. Akshay Kumar is also seen being chased by a car, dodging bullets, jumping off buildings, and scaling walls in a later scene.
Suneel Darshan's drama Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love was Akshay Kumar’s debut release in 2001. Akshay Kumar received appreciation for his work in the film. Akshay Kumar then appeared in the Abbas Mustan-directed film Ajnabee as a negative character. Akshay Kumar was dubbed the "surprise package" of the film by Sarita Tanwar in her Rediff.com review. Akshay Kumar was "in total control as the bad guy," she claimed. Akshay Kumar got his first Filmfare Award for Best Villain and an IIFA Award for Performance in a Negative Role for the film in 2002.
The romance movie Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya, directed by Dharmesh Darshan, was Akshay Kumar’s first release in 2002. In the heist film Aankhen, directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah and Shaarang Dev Pandit and co-starring Amitabh Bachchan, Arjun Rampal, Aditya Pancholi, Sushmita Sen, and Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar played a blind guy. Akshay Kumar’s acting in the film received positive reviews.
Akshay Kumar’s different movies covered Abbas-Mustan-directed Aitraaz and S M Iqbal's Meri Biwi Ka Jawaab Nahin. In the former, Kumar performed kind as an employee wrongly accused of sexual harassment via way of means of his woman boss performed via way of means of Chopra. According to the directors, Aitraaz became stimulated via way of means of National Basketball Association participant Kobe Bryant (who was accused of rape by a fan) and the movie's improvement commenced after they examine approximately his sexual-attack case withinside the newspapers. Talking approximately the individual Akshay Kumar stated that it's far sensible and might be defined as a "new-age metrosexual" man. Akshay Kumar delivered that Aitraaz became the boldest movie he had done. In the latter, Akshay Kumar starred opposite Sridevi. The movie was shot in 1994 however it was launched in 2004 after a postponement of 10 years.
The following year Akshay Kumar starred in Dharmesh Darshan-directed romantic drama musical movie Bewafaa opposite Kareena Kapoor. Akshay Kumar performed the role of Raja, an aspiring musician who pursues his love for Anjali even after she is married to Aditya Sahai. The movie obtained combined critiques from movie critics however Akshay Kumar changed into praise for his performance. Anupama Chopra of India Today wrote that "Kareena Kapoor and Kumar stand out." Taran Adarsh wrote "Akshay Kumar does properly in a function that suits him like a glove.
Akshay Kumar has hosted several TV shows, including Seven Deadly Arts with Akshay Kumar, Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi (Season 1,2,4), and MasterChef India (Season 1), and Dare 2 Dance, in addition to acting.
Akshay Kumar has won two Filmfare Awards for Best Villain for Ajnabee (2002) and Best Comedian for Garam Masala (2006), as well as a National Film Award for Best Actor for the films Rustom and Airlift, out of a total of 13 nominations (both 2016). Akshay Kumar received an honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Windsor in 2008 in recognition of his contribution to Indian film. The Government of India bestowed the Padma Shri on him the following year. Akshay Kumar received an Asian Award in 2011 for his extraordinary contribution to cinema.
Akshay Kumar’s first film, Bachchhan Paandey, was released in 2022, and Akshay Kumar starred as the titular mobster, a moniker inspired by Akshay Kumar’s character in the 2008 film Tashan. Akshay Kumar stars alongside Kriti Sanon in the film, which also stars Jacqueline Fernandez and Arshad Warsi. Despite an ensemble cast and fan buzz, Bachchhan Paandey received mixed reviews and failed to make money at the box office.
More recently, Akshay Kumar worked on a historical drama, Samrat Prithviraj which is based on the biography of Hindu hero Prithviraj Chauhan. The movie also starred Sonu Sood, Sanjay Dutt, and Manushi Chhillar, who made her acting debut.