Akshay Kumar

Actor, Producer

A Daredevil Star

Akshay Kumar is one of the biggest superstars in Bollywood, known for performing some dangerous stunts and for his impeccable comedic timing. He is a man who has carved out a vast fortune by sheer discipline, luck, and hard work. The man is a one-hit factory churning out four movies a year with 30 endorsements in a year, from the humble beginning of working as a chef in Bangkok to being one of the richest actors in the world. His journey is the inspiration of millions.

Let’s learn a little bit about his career and how he managed to be one of the unique superstars.

Akshay Kumar’s Bollywood Career 

Akshay Kumar is one of the first few actors in Bollywood that started with franchises in the 90s. He was known for his energetic moves and action star personality, making Khiladi stick with him. More than six movies have been made with Khiladi with him, promising crazy and exciting action. He experimented with different genres like Buddy cop, romantic movies, thrillers, and action comedies.

One big reason Akshay stayed popular in the 90s is the songs of his movies. Some of the songs are-

  • Chura Ke Dil Mera -
  • Tip Tip Barsa Paani -
  • Sabse Bada Khiladi
  • Main Khiladi Tu Anari
  • Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast

The 2000s broke through the mold of an action star with films like Hera Pheri and Dhadkan.

  • Hera Pheri is one of the most popular cult classic comedies by Priyadarshan and completely changed his career trajectory. Akshay was suddenly seen as an actor who could do comedy, and it became like a second innings for him.
  • Dhadkan is a romantic movie in line with something like a Yash Chopra movie. Another huge career shift happened for him as people also saw a romantic star in him.

These two movies allowed him to flex his acting muscles and break the action star mold.

He starred in many comedies through the 2000s like Phir Hera Pheri, Bhagam Bhag, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Singh Is King, and much more. He also experimented with a different role like playing a negative role in Ajnabee, Emotional drama in Waqt, and a psychological thriller 8 x 10 Tasveer.

The 2010s is the era when he started further expanding his roles and experimented with social dramas- like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Padman.

He also played around with Biopics like Airlift, Rustom, and Kesari. The era of comedy and action movies in full force has made it more popular than ever before.

He has played many roles over his career and doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.

The Daredevil Stunts By Akshay Kumar

To say Akshay did some wild stunts in the 90s is a bit of an understatement. Here are just some of the extremely dangerous stunts performed by him-

Undertaker Story: One of the most absolutely dangerous stunts that landed him in the hospital was lifting the Undertaker in the movie Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi. This led to him having a slipped disc, and it’s something only Kumar would ever attempt to do.

The Plane Stunt: Before Tom Cruise ever tried to stick to a plane in mid-air, Akshay was already doing it in the early 2000s. In the movie, International Khiladi, he stood up on the plane going through hundreds of kilometers per hour, hovering over 10,000 feet.

The Massive Jump: In the movie 8 x 10 Tasveer, Akshay jumped off about 150 feet into a pool of water. This is an extremely dangerous stunt that most actors would avoid, but this is Akshay Kumar we’re talking about. The man knows no fears.

The Lifestyle of Akshay Kumar

In Bollywood, where everyone is obsessed with the idea of being healthy, Akshay Kumar is by far the fittest of them all.

His lifestyle is fairly unique and incredibly disciplined. He is known to wake up at 5 am and sleep from 8:30 pm to 9 pm. In an industry that runs 24x7, that is unprecedented, and he never works beyond 8- 10 hours a day. He doesn’t drink coffee, tea, alcohol and only eats healthy carbs.

By living this extremely early morning lifestyle, he manages to have a healthy work-life balance.

The man is a great actor, a wonderful human being, addicted to chasing the heights of stunt work.

Born

09 September 1967 (age54) Amritsar, Punjab

Active Years

1967 - Today

Bio

Name Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia
Nickname Akki
Raju
Mac
Khiladi Kumar
Profession Actor
Producer
Physical Stats
Height
Weight
 
185 cm
80 kg
Career Debut Film (Actor): Sugandh (1991)
Film (Producer): Joker (2012)

Early Life and Education

DOB 09-09-1967
Age 54
Birth Place Amritsar, Punjab
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Nationality Canadian
Home Town Mumbai, Maharashtra
School Don Bosco High School, Darjeeling
College Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Mumbai (King's Circle)
Educational Qualification College Dropout
Religion Hinduism
Food Habits Non-Vegetarian
Address Ground Floor, Juhu Prime Beach Apartment, Gandhigram Road, Juhu, Mumbai – 400049
Hobbies Collecting Posters of Old Bollywood Movies, Cooking, Martial Arts, Playing Volleyball and Cricket

Relationships & More

Marital Status Married
Marriage Date First Marriage: 17-01-2001
Marriage Location N/A
Children
Son
Daughter
 
Aarav
Nitara
Boyfriends/Girlfriends Pooja Batra (Actress)
Ayesha Jhulka (Actress)
Raveena Tandon (Actress)
Rekha (Actress)
Shilpa Shetty (Actress)
Priyanka Chopra (Actress)
Twinkle Khanna (Actress)

Family

Wife/Spouse Wife: Twinkle Khanna (Actress, 2001-present)
Parents
Father
Mother
 
Hari Om Bhatia (Died)
Aruna Bhatia (died on 8 September 2021 in Mumbai)
Siblings Brother(s): None
Sister(s): Alka Bhatia

Favourite Things

Food Thai Green Chicken Curry, Home Made Punjabi Food, Chinese
Actor Amitabh Bachchan, Jackie Chan
Actress Sridevi, Kareena Kapoor
Films
Bollywood Deewar, Rocky
Hollywood Life is Beautiful
Tollywood Not Known
Singer Not Known
Sports Cricket
colour Black
Songs Melody
Holiday Destination Mauritius
Restaurants Not Known
Perfume Cool Waters

Style Quotient

Car Collection Porsche Cayenne
Honda CRV
Bike Collection Yamaha VMax
Harley Davidson

Money Factor

Salary (approx) $3.36 million (INR 25 crore/film)
Net Worth (approx) $131.77 million (INR 980 crore)

Controversies

Top Controversies of Akshay Kumar

1) The fashion show controversy: Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna have addressed the fashion show controversy several times. The bold act of unzipping his jeans by his wife Twinkle Khanna at a fashion show sparked controversy

2) Akshay Kumar-Mallika Dua controversy:The Khiladi of Bollywood made an inappropriate comment on Mallika Dua on "The Great Indian Laughter Challenge". His comment didn't go down well with many including Mallika Dua's father Vinod who called out the actor and demanded an apology.

3) Citizenship controversy: The controversy revolving around her citizenship has been making headlines for a long time. The actor made headlines after not casting his vote in the Lok Sabha 2019 elections. Addressing the same, he took to his Twitter and wrote, "I really don't understand the unwarranted interest and negativity about my citizenship.

4) Good Newwz controversy: Akshay Kumar was recently seen in Good Newwz. In Good Newwz's second trailer, Twitterati slammed Akshay Kumar for disrespecting Lord Rama.

5)Relationship with Rekha: It was so much controversy that Rekha and Akshay having affair. Because Akshay was 13 years small then Rekha.

6) Dating Priyanka Chopra: Akshay did a couple of movies with Priyanka. Then it was controversy they dating, but Twinkle Khanna as banned Akshay to work with Priyanka in upcoming movies.

Did you know?

1) He started performing martial arts when he was in 8th Standard and later learnt more about it in
Bangkok.

2) One of his students recommended him to do modelling.For his two hours posing in front of the camera, he got 5,000, compared to his previous monthly salary of 4,000.

3) He was the first choice for the film “Phool Aur Kaante,” but his demand for more money passed the role to Ajay Devgn

4) He also owns the team Khalsa Warriors in the World Kabaddi League.

5) Akshay is a passionate collector of shoes. He has more pairs of shoes than his wife Twinkle.

6) In his film, OMG: Oh My God, the bike Akshay rode worth 1 million rupees.

7) He shares his birthday with his Ex-girlfriend, Shilpa Shetty's husband Raj Kundra

Awards

Filmfare Awards
2002:Best Villain for Ajnabee
2006:Best Comedian for Garam Masala
National Film Awards
2017: Best Actor for Rustom
2019:Best Film on Other Social Issues for Pad Man
IIFA Awards
2002:Best Villain for Ajnabee
2005:Best Comedian for Mujhse Shaadi Karogi