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Akshay Kumar Biography

Akshay Kumar Biography

Akshay Kumar on the sets of Heyy Babyy (2006)
Born
Rajiv Hari Om BhatiaSeptember 9, 1967 (1967-09-09) (age 40)Amritsar, Punjab, India
Occupation
Film actor
Years active
1991 – present
Spouse(s)
Twinkle Khanna (2001 – present)
[show]Awards won
Filmfare Awards
Best Villain2002 AjnabeeBest Comedian2006 Garam Masala
Akshay Kumar (Hindi: अक्षय कुमार; born Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia on September 9, 1967) is an Indian Bollywood film actor. He has appeared in over 80 Hindi language films.
During the 90s, Kumar was primarily described as the action hero of Bollywood,[1] starring in hit action films such as Khiladi (1992), Mohra (1994) and Sabse Bada Khiladi (1995), and being particularly known for his "Khiladi Series". However, he was simultaneously recognised for his performances in romantic films like Yeh Dillagi (1994) and Dhadkan (2000) as well as dramatic films such as Ek Rishtaa (2001), showing his versatility to perform a range of roles.
In 2002, he won his first Filmfare Award under the Best Villain category, for his performance in Ajnabee (2001). Willing to change his intransigent image, Kumar later ventured mostly into comedy films.[1] His comic performances in films such as Hera Pheri (2000), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Garam Masala (2005) and Jaan-E-Mann (2006) met with critical acclaim. His success further rose in 2007, when he starred in four consecutive commercial hits. Having done so, he has established himself as one of the prominent actors of the Hindi film industry.[2]
Contents
1 Early life
2 Career
3 Personal life
4 Awards and nominations
5 Filmography
6 See also
7 References
8 External links
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Early life
Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia was born to a middle class Punjabi family in Amritsar (Punjab). His father was a government worker. From a very young age, he was recognised as a performer, particularly as a dancer. Kumar was raised in Delhi's Chandni Chowk neighbourhood before moving to Mumbai. In Mumbai, he lived in Koliwada, which was another Punjabi dominated area. He studied at Don Bosco School and then Khalsa College, where he took an interest in sports.[4]
He studied martial arts in Bangkok and worked as a chef. He then came back to Mumbai, where he started teaching martial arts. One of his students happened to be a photographer and recommended him to do modelling. The student gave him a modelling assignment for a small company. For his two hours posing in front of the camera, he got Rs. 5,000, compared to his previous salary of Rs. 4,000 in one month. That was one of the main reasons why he chose to be a model. After a couple of months of modelling, Kumar was finally offered a lead role by producer Pramod Chakravarthy for the movie Deedar.[4]
Career
Kumar made his Bollywood acting debut with the 1991 film Saugandh, which was unnoticed. His first major hit was the 1992 thriller film Khiladi. 1993 saw a drop as many of his films failed to do well. However, 1994 proved to be a good year for Kumar as he followed up his success with Khiladi with the action films Main Khiladi Tu Anari and Mohra which were among the highest grossing films of the year. Later that year, Yash Chopra signed him for the romantic film Yeh Dillagi which was also a success. He received appreciation for his performance in this film, where he played a romantic role which was different compared to his action roles. He would consequently receive his first nominations for Best Actor award at the Filmfare and Star Screen ceremonies. All these achievements, promoted Kumar as one of the most successful actors of that year.
In 1995, along with his share of unsuccessful movies, he starred in the third film in his Khiladi series Sabse Bada Khiladi, which was a hit. He proved to have success with the Khiladi series, as in the next year he starred in the fourth hit film with Khiladi in the title, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi opposite Rekha and Raveena Tandon. The film became one of the highest grossing films of the year.
In 1997, he made an extended guest appearance in Yash Chopra's hit film Dil To Pagal Hai, for which he received a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award nomination. In the same year, he attempted a comedy role with the fifth film in the Khiladi series, Mr and Mrs Khiladi. Unlike his previous films with Khiladi in the title, the film failed commercially.[9] In the same way as this film, his next Khiladi releases in the following years went on to fail at the box office. In 1999, Kumar received critical acclaim for his roles in the films Sangharsh and Jaanwar. Whilst the former did not make a profit at the box office, the latter turned out to be a success.[
In 2000 he starred in the comedy Hera Pheri (2000) which was both a critical and commercial success, and showcased his ability at doing comedy just as he did action and romantic roles. He also starred in the romantic film Dhadkan later that same year which also earned reasonable takings at the box office.[11] In 2001, Kumar played a negative role in the film Ajnabee. The film won him much acclaim as well as his first Filmfare Award for Best Villain.
Following the success of Hera Pheri, Kumar starred in a number of comedy films, including Awara Paagal Deewana (2002), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004) and Garam Masala (2005). The films succeeded at the box office, and his performance in the latter earned him his second Filmfare Award, for Best Comedian.[12][13]
Apart from his action, comedy and romantic roles, Kumar displayed a flair for dramatic roles in films such as Ek Rishtaa (2001), Aankhen (2002), Bewafaa (2005) and Waqt: The Race Against Time (2005).
In 2006 he starred in a sequel to Hera Pheri titled Phir Hera Pheri. As was the former, the sequel became a huge success at the box office.[14] Later that year he starred alongside Salman Khan in the romantic musical Jaan-E-Mann. The film was a well anticipated release, and despite receiving positive reviews from critics, did not do as well as expected at the box office.[14] Though the film under-performed, his role as a shy, lovable nerd was praised.[15] He ended the year with the comedy Bhagam Bhag, which was a success.[14] In that same year, he led the Heat 2006 world tour along with fellow stars Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Sushmita Sen and Celina Jaitley.
2007 proved to be Kumar's most successful year during his career in the industry, and as described by box office analysts, "probably the best ever recorded by an actor, with four outright hits and no flops."[2] His first release, Namastey London, was critically and commercially successful, and his performance earned him a Best Actor nomination at the Filmfare. Critic Taran Adarsh wrote of his performance in the film, "he's sure to win the hearts of millions of moviegoers with a terrific portrayal in this film."[17] His next two releases, Heyy Babyy and Bhool Bhulaiyaa, both received super hit verdicts at the box office as well.[18][19] Kumar's last release of the year, Welcome, did extremely well at the box office, receiving a blockbuster status and simultaneously becoming his fifth successive hit. All of Kumar's films which released that year did well in the overseas market as well.
Kumar's first film of 2008, Tashan, marked his comeback to the Yash Raj Films banner after 11 years. Although much anticipated by the public, the film was a critical and commercial failure. His second film, Singh Is King, has been declared a blockbuster after breaking the worldwide record of Om Shanti Om which was the previous highest figure.[23].
Personal life
During his years in Bollywood, Kumar was romantically linked with several of his co-star actresses like Raveena Tandon, Rekha and Shilpa Shetty. After being engaged twice to actress Twinkle Khanna, the daughter of veteran actors Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia, he finally married her on January 14, 2001. Their son named Aarav was born on September 15, 2002.
In 2007, a leading Mumbai tabloid newspaper printed a story saying that Kumar and his wife had fallen out and Kumar had moved out of his home, staying at a hotel instead. On July 26, 2007 the couple sent a legal notice to the tabloid, declaring that the rumour was false. Kumar said:

Akshay Kumar Filmography

Akshay Kumar Filmography

Year Film Role Other notes
1991 Saugandh Shiva
1992 Dancer Raja
Mr Bond Mr. Bond
Khiladi Raj Malhotra
Deedar Anand Malhotra
1993 Ashaant Vijay
Dil Ki Baazi Vijay
Kayda Kanoon Daud
Waqt Hamara Hai Vikas Sabkuchwala
Sainik Suraj Dutt
1994 Elaan Vishal Chaudhry
Yeh Dillagi Vijay Saigal Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Jai Kishen Jai Verma/Kishen
Mohra Amar Saxena
Main Khiladi Tu Anari Karan Joglekar
Ikke Pe Ikka Rajiv
Amanat Amar
Suhaag Raj
Nazar Ke SamneJai Kumar
Zakhmi Dil Jayadev Anand
Zaalim Ravi
Hum Hain Bemisaal Vijay Sinha

1995 Paandav Vijay
Maidan-E-Jung Karan
Sabse Bada Khiladi Vijay Kumar/Lallu

1996 Tu Chor Main Sipahi Amar Varma
Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi Akshay Malhotra

1997
Sapoot Prem
Lahoo Ke Do Rang Sikandar Davai
Insaaf: The Final Justice Vikram
Daava Arjun
Tarazu Inspector Ram Yadav
Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi Raja
Dil To Pagal Hai Ajay
Aflatoon Rocky/Raja "Parimal Chaturvedi"

1998
Keemat: They Are Back Dev
Angaaray Amar
Barood Jai Sharma

1999
Aarzoo Vijay Khanna
International Khiladi Rahul
"Devraj" Zulmi Raj
Sangharsh Professor Aman Varma
Jaanwar Badshah/Babu Lohaar

2000
Hera Pheri Raju
Dhadkan Ram
Khiladi 420 Dev Kumar/Anand Kumar

2001
Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love Ajay Kapoor
Ajnabee Vikram Bajaj
Winner, Filmfare Best Villain Award

2002
Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya Raj Malhotra
Aankhen Vishwas Prajapati
Awara Paagal Deewana Guru Gulab Khatri
Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani Atul

2003
Talaash: The Hunt Begins... Arjun
Andaaz Raj Malhotra

2004
Ghar Grihasti
Special appearance
Khakee
Sr. Inspector Shekhar Verma
Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
Police Force: An Inside Story
Vijay Singh
Aan: Men at Work
DCP Hari Om Patnaik
Meri Biwi Ka Jawaab Nahin
Inspector Ajay
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi
Arun "Sunny"
Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor AwardNominated, Filmfare Best Comedian Award
Hatya: The Murder
Ravi
Aitraaz
Raj Malhotra
Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo
Major Rajeev
2005
Insaan
Amjad
Bewafaa
Raja
Waqt: The Race Against Time
Aditiya Takur
Garam Masala
Makrand "Mac"
Winner, Filmfare Best Comedian Award
Deewane Huye Pagal
Rocky Hiranandani
Dosti: Friends Forever
Raj Malhotra
2006
Family - Ties of Blood
Shekhar Bhatia
Mere Jeevan Saathi
Vicky
Humko Deewana Kar Gaye
Aditiya Malhotra
Phir Hera Pheri
Raju
Jaan-E-Mann
Agastya Rao
Bhagam Bhag
Bunty
2007
Namastey London
Arjun Singh
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Heyy Babyy
Arush Mehra
Bhool Bhulaiyaa
Dr. Aditiya Shrivastav
Om Shanti Om
Himself
Special appearance
Welcome
Rajiv Saini
2008
Tashan
Bachchan Pande
Singh Is Kinng
Happy Singh
Kambakth Ishq
Releasing on December 5, 2008
Chandni Chowk To China
Sidhu
Filming
Blue
Filming
Eight by Ten

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