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Akshay Kumar

A popular Bollywood actor

Born in: Amritsar > India

 
 

Akshay Kumar (real name Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia on September 9, 1967) is a popular Bollywood actor.Akshay Kumar was born in Amritsar, Punjab to a Punjabi family. His father was a government employee. 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 participated in sports with Janpal Singh.

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.

Career

He studied martial arts in Hong Kong and soon decided to pursue an acting career in the Bollywood film industry. His first Bollywood film was Saugandh in 1991.

His first major hit was the 1992 film Khiladi. After this he often did many action films which were successful particularly the films with Khiladi in the title such as Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1993) and Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996). He has also had success in romantic films such as Yeh Dillagi (1994), Dhadkan (2000) and Andaaz (2003).

In 2000 he starred in the hit comedy film Hera Pheri. After its success, he starred in many successful comedy films which include Awara Paagal Deewana (2002), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004) and Garam Masala (2005).

Apart from his action, comedy and romantic roles he also displayed a flair for serious dramatic roles in films such as Ek Rishta (2001), Bewafaa (2005) and Waqt: The Race Against Time (2005).

In June 2006, his starred in a sequel to his hit film Hera Pheri titled Phir Hera Pheri which was also been very successful at the box office. In October that same year he starred in Jaan-E-Mann which did do as well as expected at the box office but he has got positive reviews for his performance. In December he starred in another comedy titled Bhagam Bhag opposite another comedy veteran Govinda which has done moderately well at the box office.

He is also a brand ambassador for products and has toured with stage shows, doing singing and dancing. He led the Heat 2006 world tour which also had Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Sushmita Sen and Celina Jaitley. In 2008, the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Law on Kumar in recognition of his contribution to Indian cinema. In 2009, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.

Personal life

He has been romantically linked to a few of his female co-stars such as Raveena Tandon and Shilpa Shetty.

After being engaged to actress Twinkle Khanna, the daughter of veteran actors Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia, they finally married in January 14, 2001. Their son named Araav was born in September 15, 2002.

Awards and nominations

Filmfare Awards

  • 1993 - winner, Best Actor for Yeh Dillagi

  • 2002 - Winner, Best Villain for Ajnabee

  • 2004 - Nominated, Best Comedian for Mujhse Shaadi Karogi

  • 2004 - Nominated, Best Supporting Actor for Khakee

  • 2004 - Nominated, Best Supporting Actor for Mujhse Shaadi Karogi

  • 2005 - Winner, Best Comedian for Garam Masala

IIFA Awards

  • 2002 - Winner, Best Villain for Ajnabee

  • 2005 - Winner, Best Comedian for Mujhse Shaadi Karogi

Zee Cine Awards

  • 2005 - Nominated, Best Actor in a Comic Role for Mujhse Shaadi Karogi

  • 2005 - Nominated, Best Supporting Actor for Mujhse Shaadi Karogi

  • 2006 - Nominated, Best Actor for Waqt: The Race Against Time

Star Screen Awards

  • 2006 - Winner, Best Editor Award for Garam Masala & Deewane Huye Pagal

  • 2006 - Nominated, Best Comedian for Garam Masala (He requested that his name be removed from the nominee list, which was done.)

Stardust Awards

  • 2002 - Winner, Best Performance in a Negative Role for Ajnabee

  • 2005 - Nominated, Best Actor in a Comic Role for Mujhse Shaadi Karogi

  • 2006 - Winner, Actor of The Year Award for Garam Masala

  • 2006 - Nominated, Star of the Year for Waqt: The Race Against Time

Global Indian Film Awards

  • 2005 - Winner, Best Actor in Supporting Role - Mujhse Shaadi Karogi

Apsara Academy Awards

  • 2005 - Nominated, Best Actor in A Supporting Role for Khakee

  • 2006 - Nominated, Best Actor for Waqt: The Race Against Time

 

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