Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia popularly known as Akshay Kumar, India-born naturalized Canadian actor is one of Bollywood’s leading performers. He is the most hard-working actor and superbly active, known for his versatility. He has had a rollercoaster journey from Bangkok to Mumbai, from being a waiter to most successful actor of all time. Akshay Kumar is actor, producer, martial artist and television personality having a career spanning over 29 years.
The Dashing Man himself -Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar was born on 9th September 1967 in Amritsar, Punjab to a Punjabi Family. His father was an army officer. He has grown up in Chandni Chowk, Delhi then they moved to Koliwada, Mumbai. He studied at Don Bosco School, Matunga. He attended the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for higher education but dropped out as he was not interested much in studies.
He was simultaneously learning karate, after having a black belt in Taekwondo he went to Bangkok, Thailand to study martial arts and learnt Muay Thai and worked there as a chef and waiter.
After Thailand, Akshay Kumar went to work in Calcutta in a travel agency, in Dhaka in a hotel and Delhi where he sold kundan jewellery. After that he came back to Mumbai to start his own martial art school.
Akshay Kumar - Early Life Pictures
Akshay then further took up modelling, when a student of his who was a photographer and recommended him for modelling. Akshay got Rs 5000 for posing for two hours in front of the camera. He worked as an assistant for photographer Jayesh Sheth for 18 months without payment to shoot his first portfolio. He also worked as a background dancer in various films. His first movie was Deedar which was directed by Pramod Chakravarthy.
Akshay made his Bollywood acting debut in the year 1991 with the film Saugandh. In the year 1992 he again starred in the film Khiladi. In year 1994 he acted in his first action film, Main Khiladi Tu Anari and then Mohra which were the highest-grossing films of the year. Then he signed Yash Chopra's film Yeah Dillagi which again was a success. And since then there has been no turning back for his career.
He has constantly proved himself and have been giving back to back hits. Apart from acting, he has worked as a stunt actor often performing many dangerous stunts in his films, which has earned him the nickname of "Indian Jackie Chan".
Akshay was engaged twice to actress Twinkle Khanna and finally married her on 17th January 2001. Together they have a son (Aarav), and a daughter(Nitara). He is known as a protective father and keeps his children away from the media.
He follows a strict diet plan and stays in shape with a combination of kickboxing, basketball, swimming and Parkour as well as working out. He is never seen partying late nights or indulging in drinking or smoking.
Akshay Kumar is one vibrant personality enthusiastic, a fitness freak and family man. He is an all round package of comedy, action and romance.
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