Akshay Kumar: From Waiter to Real-Life Hero

Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia, better known as Akshay Kumar, is an Indian actor, producer, television personality, martial artist, stuntman and philanthropist working in Bollywood films.

Childhood and Relationships

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Akshay Kumar was born in Amritsar into a Punjabi family and grew up in Old Delhi before moving to Koliwada in Mumbai. He attended Don Bosco High School in Mirik Darjeeling and Guru Nanak Khalsa College in Kings Circle, Mumbai. Akshay studied Muay Thai in Bangkok before entering the film industry and is a black belt in Taekwondo.

His father was an army officer who later became an accountant in UNICEF. Aruna Bhatia is the mother of Indian star Akshay Kumar. She is one of the most popular Indian film producers. Akshay said he is taking time out to be with his mother. 

Akshay married Twinkle Khanna, who is the daughter of actor Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia, on January 17th 2001. Akshay is the proud father of two children, a boy, Aarav, and the second a daughter, Nitara.

Akshay Kumar’s Movies and Career

He began his career with the movie Saugandh in which he played a small role, in 1991. In 1994, he starred in two action films, Main Khiladi Tu Anari  and Mohra, which both were among the year’s highest-grossing films.

In 1996, he starred in the 4th and 5th films of Khiladi series. In 1997, he played a supporting role in the film Dil To Pagal Hai which earned him the Best Supporting Actor award from Filmfare. Later that year, Akshay starred in two successful movies, Suhaag and Elaan.

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Akshay Kumar catapulted himself into the top league of actors in the industry with films such as Housefull, Kesari, Baby, Airlift, Mission Mangal, Bhool Bhulaiya, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi. The actor is known for his films on social issues and themes that give you a sense of patriotism.

In his 30-year career, he has appeared in hundreds of films and won several awards, including the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in Rustom (2017), two Filmfare Awards for Ajnabee (2001) and Garam Masala (2005) and many more. He is considered one of the hardest working actors in the industry.

Akshay Kumar Life Struggles

Akshay Kumar’s success story, which went from waiter to one of Bollywood’s top actors and was listed by Forbes as one of the top ten highest-paid actors, is truly extraordinary. Since his film debut in 1991, the actor has been working in the Indian film industry for over 25 years. After working as a waiter in Thailand and having been named the top 10 world celebrities in 2017 by Forbes Magazine, Kumar has achieved extraordinary success in his life.

Initially dismissed as a wooden actor, Akshay was banished to action roles in masala films. He began his career with Saugandh in 1991, but his first mainstream success came a year later with action-thriller Khiladi. 

The action thriller Khiladi established Akshay Kumar in the 1990s as an action film star. It was the directing duo Abbas and Mustan that breathed life into Akshay’s career and established him as Khiladi.

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Akshay Kumar was disgraced when he was summoned for a modelling assignment, and went door-to-door and studio-to-studio without having anything in his portfolio. A major breakthrough for the actor came when Pramod Chakraborty signed him to star in his 1992 film Deedar.

Akshay Kumar’s journey from Bangkok to Bollywood was anything but smooth, but he has managed to steal the hearts of millions across India with his skills.

With several awards for his films, he is considered one of Bollywood’s superstars. Akshay studied Muay Thai in Bangkok before entering the film industry in India. In Bollywood, Khiladi Akshays Kumar worked hard to transform his early action hero image into one of the best comedians in the industry, posing as a producer to produce films under his banner.

The actor who has a great family, incredible fans and a resume that speaks volumes about his success in the film industry. He reveals how he began his journey: “I didn’t have 200 rupees in my pocket. The day I changed my name and signed my first movie, I got my first 5,000 rupees signature.”

Akshay Kumar’s journey has been hard work and dedication with many ups and downs. He has become one of the most successful actors of his time. Since his film debut in 1991, he has been working in Bollywood for close to 30 years now.


Edited by Anupama Roy

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