Date of Birth
9 September 1967, Amritsar, Punjab, India
Rajiv Hari Om-Bhatia
6′ 1″ (1.85 m)
This handsome man out of nowhere suddenly entered Bollywood’s film industry. He studied martial arts in Hong Kong. It was a student that suggested that he try modelling. Because of his success as model, he was offered films. Along with his good looks and excellent martial art skills, he was always the first choice to do adventurous movies. He did his own death defying stunts. His breakthrough performance was in Saugandh (1991). He was well known for his Khiladi series, an Indian version of James Bond, such as _Mr.Bond (1992)_, Khiladi (1992), Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994), Mr. & Mrs. Khiladi (1997) and Khiladi 420 (2000). He dated strings of his co-stars including Raveena Tandon, Shilpa Shetty,Pooja Batra and Rekha. But his recent marriage to Twinkle Khanna, his two time love lady changed his playboy attitudes.
IMDb Mini Biography By: Alindalia
A long road traveled; from a waiter in Bangkok, to one of the most successful actors in Bollywood, Akshay Kumar has come a long way. As an instructor in martial artist, Rajiv Bhatia always dreamt of making it big in that field but when a student suggested that with his good looks and a good built, he should take up modelling, the anonymous Rajiv Bhatia began his journey as Akshay Kumar who then slowly but surely worked his way up to becoming one of the most talented stars of the industry. Stunned at the pay package and his success as a model, Akshay took the next obvious step, and entered into films. However unlike most of the other stars in his time, Akshay neither had star parents, nor a godfather to launch him. Although his first few films were unsuccessful at the box office, they helped Akshay get noticed for his dancing abilities and his dare-devilish stunts. His first true hit film was ‘Khiladi’ and although it was a success, the top banners continued to be elusive until ‘Yeh Dillagi’ which not only got him recognition but marked his position as a top league actor. Though ‘Jai Kishen’ and ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’ were quite successful at the box office, it was ‘Mohra’ and ‘Sabse Bada Khiladi’ that it catapulted Akshay to fame and established his position as one of the top most heroes of the industry. With a series of ‘Khiladi’ movies including the “Khiladiyon Ke Khiladi’, Akshay became the quintessential “action hero’. But with ‘Mr. & Mrs. Khiladi’, ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’ and ‘Aflatoon’, he attempted new genres in order to change his stereotypical image, and he was quite successful at it. Another attempt at a new role with ‘Ajnabee’, where he played the villain, was again well portrayed and well received by audiences and critics alike. ‘Dhadkan’, where he starred opposite Shilpa Shetty reaffirmed the fact that aside from being an action hero, Akshay Kumar was also the perfect romantic lead. In the same year came another memorable performance with the film “Hera Pheri’ which brought to the forefront his strength in comedy and superb timing as he held his ground with the seasoned Paresh Rawal and Suniel Shetty. Akshay Kumar continued to improve with every film, from “Khakee, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’, “Aitraaz, Waqt’, ‘Awara Pagaal Deewana’, “Garam Masala’ to the recently released “Phir Hera Phiri’ proved that Akshay was a sure-fire hit at the box-office as well. Today he is one of the most sought after actors who commands a strong box-office opening. His forthcoming films include Jaaneman, Saamna, London Namaste and Welcome.
|Twinkle Khanna||(14 January 2001 – present) 1 child|
Dated most of his co-stars including Pooja Batra, Raveena Tandon and Rekha (before his marriage to Twinkle Khanna).
Was a martial arts teacher. One of his students suggested he model and he was soon offered films after his success as a model.
Dated Shilpa Shetty twice before his marriage to Twinkle Khanna.
Has a son with wife Twinkle Khanna named Araav born 15th September 2002. Became an uncle when sister-in-law Rinke Khanna gave birth to a baby girl on 19 October 2004.
Won Best Villain award for Ajnabee (2001) as it was his first ever award since his career started in 1991.
He is the son-in-law of Bollywood mega-star, Rajesh Khanna and actress, Dimple Kapadia, as well as the brother-in-law of actress Rinke Khanna.
Was working as a chef in a restaurant in Bangkok before entering films.
Studied martial arts in Bangkok before becoming an actor.
Formed a popular team with Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal.
Controversies are a package deal in this industry. You just have to understand that and accept it.
I savour the adulation and love I have been getting from my fans and the blessings of elders in my family. Fourteen years have given me a lot and I can’t thank God and the industry enough.
Akshay Kumar has turned a gold man. He will now be seen endorsing Manappuran Gold Loan. The actor chats up with our correspondent on his new avatar.
Do you have any inclination towards gold?
(Laughs) No…not at all. I am not into gold. You won’t find me wearing gold chains, rings, bracelets…I am a simple man and am happy if my basic needs are fulfilled. But yes, my wife (Twinkle Khanna), my mother and my sister love wearing gold. See, with Manappuram Gold Loan, I am endorsing a good social message, not gold.
That means, you do buy a lot of gold for Twinkle…
Nei ji. I am an intelligent man. I don’t get her earrings, or bangles or rings, or necklaces. I give her cash and Tina (Twibkle) to help herself with whatever she likes.
You are endorsing gold loan, have you taken a loan so far in your
|‘I invest in my wife’s jewellery’|
Jabse maine hosh samhala hai, I have not taken any loan. We are not from a big background. I don’t know if my parents have ever taken a loan or not. They made sure that I don’t worry about these things in life; they never let me realize that we don’t have so much money. My parents made sure I am never in dearth of anything. As for me, I have not required a loan so far in my life.
What are the areas where you invest?
I do a lot in insurances, bonds, fixed deposits…I invest in properties. These are the four-five things that I majorly do by default. Besides, I have my own production house. And then, I invest in my wife’s jewellery. That’s all.
What’s the contract period for this ‘social message’ endorsement?
At the moment we have a very long term association with each other. They are here with a good message that if you have gold, why go for personal or business loans. I find this message logical. So I ‘m here. And also, they are the highest taxpayers; so is me…we have many things in common, you know.
Coming to your profession, you are all set to host Master Chef India. From Fear Factor to cookery show, how did things shape up?
When I did Fear Factor, I could identify myself with the stunts. And in Master Chef also, I see myself as someone who can be a part of it. I have done this (cooking), I know the ingredients, I know how to make the dishes.
In Bollywood, actors are categorized. Like Saif Ali Khan and Shah Rukh Khan are romantic heroes, Govinda’s arena is comedy, while Sanjay Dutt, Salman Khan and you are action stars. Do you support this categorization?
When I started, action was not considered acting. But action is also a form of art. And when an action hero does a comedy film, he is nominated in comic category at the awards functions and he becomes a comedian. Agar aisa hi hai toh, the one who plays a romantic hero should get nominated in Best Romantic Hero category. Why should he be given Best Actor Award? What I want to say is there shouldn’t be any category for anything. I understand, when an actor does a particular genre well, people remember that particular image. It’s hard to erase that image, harder to replace that image with another one, hardest to make the audience accept it.
Like your case?
You can say that. I started out as an action hero…the Khiladi series and what not. Then I switched to a romantic image with films like DHADKAN, and now I am doing comedy like HEYY BABY, HOUSEFULL, etc. It’s tough, but you can do it with hard work.
So, Khiladi Kumar is taking interest in gold now?
See, with Manappuram Gold Loan, I am endorsing a good social message, not gold.