The Khiladi of Bollywood - Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar who is also known as the Khiladi of Bollywood, became one of the world's highest paid actors. He’s an Indian film actor, producer and martial artist who has appeared in over a hundred Hindi films. He has been nominated for several Film Fare Awards and has won twice Star Awards. When asked him to describe his 25-year old journey in Bollywood, he said that ”My journey was most of luck. In fact almost 60 to 70 percent was luck. I am very lucky that things have gone my way." Akshay Kumar's real name is Rajiv Bhatia, son of Hari Om Bhatia who was an army man. He is also known in Bollywood as Mac, Raju, Akki, Khiladi and also as the fittest actor. He was born on 9, September, 1967 in Amritsar,Punjab.
Neither was he from a rich family nor was he so good in studies, yet he made his own career in Bollywood, which was next to impossible. He used to live in Chandni Chowk in Delhi before his family moved to Mumbai. In Mumbai, he lived in Koliwada, which was another Punjabi dominated area. He studied at Don Bosco School, Darjeeling and then Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Mumbai and then in Thailand. While living in Mumbai, he obtained a black belt in Taekwondo. He studied martial arts in Bangkok, Thailand, where he learned Muay Thai, and worked as a chef and waiter. And after that he came back to Mumbai.
After coming back to India he started teaching martial arts in Mumbai. Luckily one of his students recommended him to try modeling. After a couple of months of modeling, he had appeared in the un-credited role of a martial arts instructor just for 10 seconds in 1987 which was directed by Mahesh Bhatt. In the same year, he acted in Kishore Vyas directed, dancer, which received poor reviews. While modeling, he wanted to do a photo-shoot in the bungalow but he was not allowed to get in, so he did the photo-shoot near the walls of that bungalow. And the interesting part is that he’s living in the same bungalow now in which he was not allowed to get in for photo-shoot.
After struggling for roles in movies, finally he was offered a lead role for the movie Saugandh (1991) and from then to now he's having a strong hold in Bollywood. Akshay Kumar made his Bollywood acting debut with the 1991 film Saugandh, which was followed by the 1992 thriller, Khiladi. His action films most famous Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994) and Mohra (1994) were among the highest grossing films of the year. After a year, he was seen in Yeh Dillagi which was also a success. During the same year, Kumar also had fruitful films like Suhaag and the low budget action film Elaan. All these achievements, extra ordinary performance and large number of fans promoted Akshay Kumar as one of the most successful actors of that year.
After performing few films in Bollywood, he played dual role in Umesh Mehra directed action thriller, Sabse Bada Khiladi, which was a commercial hit. His luck worked to have success with the Khiladi series. Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi also rocked the box office. During this film's shooting, Kumar was injured, and he went to the USA to receive treatment. He played a supporting role in Yash Chopra directed romance film, Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), which had huge success on box office. He co-starred with Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Karisma Kapoor, for which he received his first nomination for the Film Fare as the Best Supporting Actor Award.
In 1995, along with his bunch of unsuccessful movies, Akshay starred in the third film in his Khiladi series, Sabse Bada Khiladi, which proved to be a hit. The fourth successful film with Khiladi in the title was, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi, where Akshay rolled opposite Rekha and Raveena Tandon. This film became one of the highest grossing films of the year.
In 1997, he starred opposite Juhi Chawla in David Dhawan directed comedy movie Mr and Mrs Khiladi, the film failed commercially. All his next Khiladi releases in the following years went on to fail at the box office.
He won a Film-fare for his negative role in Ajnabee (2001). Later on, he started to act in comedy, action, romantic films. He got most success and great numbers of fan followings from comedy movies like Hera Feri (2000), Housefull (2010), Awara Pagal Diwana, Mujse Shadi Karogi (2004) and Garam Masala (2005). He performed some of his most dangerous stunts in action thriller Khiladi 420 movie, where you can see him climbing on a running plane, standing on top of the plane and flying a thousand feet in the air or jumping from the plane onto a hot air balloon. The next you can see him being chased by a car, dodging bullets, jumping off buildings, and climbing walls.
His first television show debut was as the host of the Fear Factor known as Khatron Ke Khiladi. In 2009, Akshay Kumar founded the Hari Om Entertainment production company which is dedicated on the name of his father. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the government of India. In 2011, Asian Film Awards honored him for his outstanding achievements in cinema.
On 17, January, 2001 he married Twinkle Khanna, who herself is the daughter of Bollywood superstar, the late Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia. They have one son and one little daughter named Aarav and Nitara. He uses lavish cars like continental GT, Mercedes, Bentley, Porsche Cayenne. Akshay Kumar’s net worth is around $150 million, moreover he has appeared in more than a hundred Hindi movies. He is on the 1st rank in the highest paying tax actor of Bollywood.
An interesting thing about him is that, everyday he wakes up at 4.30 am. He never smoked in his life, he doesn't even drink nor go to any parties. He has a fixed schedule for everyday. He works 8 hours daily, he doesn't eat after 7 pm and he sleeps at 9.30 pm. Have you ever seen any actor like him? He is very serious about his health and he doesn't like any compromises related to his daily schedule. No actor is like him in the entire Bollywood and that's why he is "The KHILADI".