From Bangkok to Bombay: The Akshay Kumar Story

The quintessential ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywood, the man who has aced varied roles from ‘Saugandh’ in his early years to to be released horror-comedy ‘Laxmmi Bomb’ and upcoming ‘Bell Bottom’, Akshay Kumar celebrates his 53rd birthday today.

A martial arts expert, ‘Padman’ Akshay Kumar has created a niche for himself in Bollywood with the vast array of roles he has effortlessly played.

Social media has been overflowing with birthday wishes with celebs, fans and friends wishing the actor.

As celebrations continue, we take you through the making of the star:

  • Akshay Kumar was born as Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia to a Punjabi Family. His father was a government employee. He grew up in Chandni Chowk, Delhi. Then they moved to Koliwada, Mumbai.

  • He then went to Bangkok to study martial arts and worked as a chef over there. After that he came back to Mumbai to start his own martial arts school.
  • A student of his was a photographer and recommended him for modelling. Akshay got Rs 5000 for his first assignment.

  • After working for a few modeling assignments, he received an offer from Raj Sippy to act in his film ‘Saugandh’ (1991), which however couldn’t do well in the box office.
  • It was Abbas-Mustan’s thriller ‘Khiladi’ (1992) which made him a star.
  • Akshay has mostly acted in thrillers and action movies like ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’ (1993), ‘Elaan’ (1994), ‘Mohra’ (1994), ‘Sabse Bada Khiladi’ (1995), and ‘Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi’ (1996).
  • He even did a few romantic films such as ‘Yeh Dillagi’ (1994), ‘Dhadkan’ (2000), and ‘Andaaz’ (2003).
  • In 2001, for the first time, Akshay played a negative role in the film ‘Ajnabee’. The film won him much acclaim as well as his first Filmfare Award for ‘Best Villain’.
  • He then went on to do some comedy films like ‘Awara Paagal Deewana’ (2002), ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’ (2004), ‘Garam Masala’ (2005). The films succeeded at the box office and then he won his second Filmfare Award, for Best Comedian.
  • In the year 2006, he starred in the sequel of Hera Pheri, titled Phir Hera Pheri. The sequel became a huge success at the box office. At the end of the year he acted in another comedy film ‘Bhagam Bhag’ which was again a success.

  • In 2007 he gave some four outright hits including ‘Namastey London’, ‘Heyy Babyy’, ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’ and ‘Welcome’.
  • 2008 saw him debut on the small screen where he hosted a game show ‘Fear Factor – Khatron Ke Khiladi’. He also acted in ‘Singh is Kinng’ and broke the worldwide record of Om Shanti Om.

And there has been no looking back for Khiladi Kumar.

He was also awarded the fourth highest civilian award – Padma Shri – for his stellar performances.

 Akshay Kumar’s Highest Earning Films

  • Housefull 4: Rs 205.60 crore
  • Good Newwz: Rs 196.33 crore
  • Mission Mangal: Rs 192.67 crore
  • 2.0: Rs 185.89 crore
  • Kesari: Rs 151.87 crore


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