Akshay Kumar was born on 9th September, 1967 to Hari Om Bhatia and Aruna Bhatia in Amritsar, Punjab. His real name was Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia. The family initially resided in Chandni Chowk, Delhi but later on moved to Mumbai. Akshay received his education from the Don Bosco School and Guru Nanak Khalsa College in Mumbai. He then went to Bangkok in order to learn martial arts. He worked as a waiter and chef while residing in Bangkok. Akshay married actress Twinkle Khanna in the year 2001. They are now the proud parents of two children, Aarav and Nitara.
Akshay Kumar made his acting debut with the movie ‘Saugandh’ which was released in the year 1991. He got his first breakthrough role in ‘Khiladi’ in the year 1992. He then acted in a couple of films during the 1990s. He then appeared in a total number of eleven films in the year 1994. He achieved great heights with his movies like ‘Yeh Dillagi,’, ‘Mohra’, ‘Sabse Bada Khiladi’, etc. As he was a martial arts expert, he mostly did action movies.
Akshay acted in the comedy movie named ‘Hera Pheri’ in 2000 which was a huge commercial success. There were two other releases of Akshay in the same year which were ‘Dhadkan’ and ‘Khiladi 420.’ He acted in four films in 2002, ‘Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya’, ‘Aakhen’, ‘Awara Pagal Deewana’ and ‘Jaani Dushman – Ek Anokhi Kahaani.’ In 2003, he acted in ‘Talaash – The Hunt Begins’ and ‘Andaaz.’ ‘Khakee’, ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’ and ‘Aitraaz’ were among the hit movies done by Akshay in 2004. In 2005 again, he acted in four films – ‘Bewafaa’, ‘Waqt – The Race Against Time’, ‘Deewane Huye Paagal’ and ‘Garam Masala.’ In 2006 he acted in numerous films which included ‘Family – Ties of Blood’, ‘Mere Jeevan Saathi,’ ‘Humko Deewana Kar Gaye’, ‘Jaan – E – Mann’ and ‘Bhagam Bhag.’
The year 2007 was the most successful year for Akshay Kumar. He gave four hit films back to back during this year which were ‘Namastey London’, ‘Heyy Babyy,’ ‘Bhool Bhulaiyya’ and ‘Welcome.’ ‘Singh is Kinng’ was Akshay’s greatest hit of the year 2008. Kumar acted in many other movies in between 2009 to 2011 such as ‘Kambakkht Ishq’ and ‘Housefull.’ He also gave many hit movies in between 2012 to 2015 such as ‘Housefull 2’, ‘Rowdy Rathore,’ ‘Special Chabbis,’ ‘Baby’, etc.
Akshay Kumar acted in the movie ‘Airlift’ in the year 2016 which became a commercial hit. ‘Housefull 3’ and ‘Rustom’ were the other movies done by Akshay in the year 2016. In the year 2017, his film ‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’ was released which also became a commercial success. In the year 2018, his movie ‘Pad Man’ was released and was praised by the viewers and the film critics. In the same year, he was seen in another movie, Gold. He then played the role of a villain in the Tamil movie 2.0. He also did a special cameo role in the Ranveer Singh starrer Simmba. Recently, Akshay’s latest movie Kesari got release which became a huge commercial success. His upcoming movies include Good News, Mission Mangal and Housefull 4.
Akshay Kumar has also hosted numerous Indian television reality shows such as ‘Khatron ke Khiladi’ and ‘Masterchef India.’ Akshay Kumar has received various awards for his amazing acting in his movies that include two Filmfare awards. In 2008, Akshay Kumar received the Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Windsor for his contribution towards the Bollywood film industry.The Government of India awarded him with the Padma Shri in the year 2009. Due to his performance of dangerous stunts in his movies, he is also known as the ‘Indian Jackie Chan’.
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