Akshay Kumar Biography – an Indian-born Naturalised Canadian Actor

Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia, known professionally as Akshay Kumar, is an Indian-born naturalised Canadian actor and film producer who works in Hindi cinema. In over 30 years of acting, Kumar has appeared in over 100 films and has won several awards, including two National Film Awards and two Filmfare Awards.

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Real Name: Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia
Profession: Indian Actor
Birthplace: Amritsar, Punjab, India
Spouse: Twinkle Khanna
Age: 55

Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia (born 9 September 1967), known professionally as Akshay Kumar, is an Indian-born naturalized Canadian actor and film producer who works in Hindi cinema. In over 30 years of acting, Kumar has appeared in over 100 films and has won several awards, including two National Film Awards and two Filmfare Awards. He received the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honor, from the Government of India in 2009. Kumar is one of the most prolific actors in Indian cinema. Forbes included Kumar in their lists of both the highest-paid celebrities and highest-paid actors in the world from 2015 to 2020. Between 2019 and 2020, he was the only Indian on both lists.

Kumar began his career in 1991 with Saugandh and had his first commercial success a year later with the action thriller Khiladi. The film established him as an action star in the 1990s and led to several films in the Khiladi film series, in addition to other action films such as Mohra (1994) and Jaanwar (1999). Although his early tryst with romance in Yeh Dillagi (1994) was positively received, it was in the next decade that Kumar expanded his range of roles. He gained recognition for the romantic films Dhadkan (2000), Andaaz (2003), and Namastey London (2007), and for his slapstick comic performances in several films including Hera Pheri (2000), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Phir Hera Pheri (2006), Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007), and Singh Is Kinng (2008). Kumar won Filmfare Awards for his negative role in Ajnabee (2001) and his comic performance in Garam Masala (2005).

While his career had fluctuated commercially, his mainstream success soared in 2007 with four consecutive box-office hits; it was consistent until a short period of decline between 2009 and 2011, after which he reinforced his status with several films, including Rowdy Rathore (2012) and Holiday (2014). Moreover, around this time critical response to several of his films improved; his work in Special 26 (2013), Baby (2015), and Airlift (2016) was acclaimed, and he won the National Film Award for Best Actor for the Crime thriller Rustom (2016). He earned further notice for his self-produced social films Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017) and Pad Man (2018), as well as the war film Kesari (2019), and set box-office records in 2019 with Mission MangalHousefull 4Good Newwz, and the 2021 action film Sooryavanshi.

Akshay Kumar Biography
Akshay Kumar Biography

In addition to acting, Kumar has worked as a stunt actor. In 2008, He started hosting Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi and hosted four seasons. He also launched the TV reality show Dare 2 Dance in 2014 and his off-screen work includes ownership of the team Khalsa Warriors in the World Kabaddi League. The actor had also set up martial arts training schools for women’s safety in the country. Kumar is one of India’s most philanthropic actors and supports various charities. He is a leading brand endorser celebrity in India.

Sometime during or after the 2011 Canadian federal election, the Conservative government granted Canadian citizenship to Kumar by invoking a little-known law that allowed circumventing the usual residency requirement for Canadian immigrants. According to a former Conservative Party minister, Tony Clement, the citizenship was awarded in return for Kumar’s offer of putting his “star power to use to advance Canada-Indian relations”, and Canada’s “trade relations, commercial relations, in the movie sector, in the tourism sector”.

Akshay Kumar Biography
Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia

9 September 1967 (age 55)

Amritsar, Punjab, India
Citizenship Indian until 2011 (relinquished); Canadian thereafter
Alma mater Guru Nanak Khalsa College of Arts, Science & Commerce
  • Actor
  • film producer
  • television personality
Years active 1991–present
Works Full list
Twinkle Khanna (m. 2001)
Children 2
Awards Full list

Early life and background (Akshay Kumar Biography)

Kumar was born in Amritsar, Punjab, India, to Hari Om Bhatia and Aruna Bhatia in a Punjabi Hindu family. His father was an army officer. From a young age, Kumar was very interested in sports. His father too enjoyed wrestling. He lived and grew up in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk and later he moved to Bombay (present-day Mumbai) when his father left Army to become an accountant with UNICEF. Soon, his sister was born and the family lived in Koliwada, a Punjabi-dominated area of Central Bombay.

He received his school education from Don Bosco High School, Matunga, simultaneously learning Karate. He enrolled in Guru Nanak Khalsa College for higher education but dropped out as he was not much interested in studies. He requested his father that he wanted to learn martial arts further, and his father somehow saved money to send him to Thailand. Kumar went to Bangkok to learn martial arts and lived in Thailand for five years learning Thai Boxing. Kumar also has a sister, Alka Bhatia. When Kumar was a teenager, his father asked him what he aspired to be. Kumar expressed his desire to become an actor.

After having obtained a black belt in Taekwondo while in India, he studied martial arts in Bangkok, Thailand, where he learned Muay Thai and worked as a chef and waiter. After Thailand, Kumar went to work in Calcutta (present-day Kolkata) in a travel agency, in Dhaka in a hotel as a chef, and in Delhi where he sold Kundan jewelry. Upon his return to Bombay, he commenced the teaching of martial arts.

During this time, the father of one of his students, himself a model co-ordinator, recommended Kumar into modeling which ultimately led to a modeling assignment for a furniture showroom. Kumar effectively made more money within the first two days of shooting than in his entire month’s salary and therefore chose a modeling career path. 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. One morning, he missed his flight for an ad shoot in Bangalore. Disappointed with himself, he visited a film studio along with his portfolio. That evening, Kumar was signed for a lead role by producer Pramod Chakravarthy for the movie Deedar.

Akshay Kumar Biography
Akshay Kumar Biography

Film career (Akshay Kumar Biography)

1991–1999: Debut, breakthrough, and action films

Kumar made his first appearance as the lead actor opposite Raakhee and Shantipriya in Saugandh (1991). In the same year, he acted in Kishore Vyas-directed Dancer, which received poor reviews. The following year he starred in Abbas Mustan-directed suspense thriller, Khiladi, widely considered his breakthrough role. A review in The Indian Express called the film “an engrossing thriller” and described Kumar as impressive in the lead part, noting his physical appearance, and strong screen presence, and commending him for being “perfectly at ease”. His next release was the Raj Sippy-directed detective film Mr. Bond, based on James Bond. His last release of 1992 was Deedar. It failed to perform well at the box office.

Kumar played a supporting role in Yash Chopra-directed musical romantic drama, Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), co-starring Shah Rukh KhanMadhuri Dixit, and Karisma Kapoor, for which he received his first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. In the same year, he starred opposite Juhi Chawla in David Dhawan-directed comedy Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi, the fifth installment of the Khiladi series. Unlike his previous films in the series, it failed commercially. Considerable success, however, came with another dual role in the romantic action film Aflatoon. Khalid Mohamed of Filmfare, while critical of the film, approved of Kumar’s effort: “Akshay Kumar comes to life. Given something even slightly different to do, he does rise to the occasion.” His following releases failed in commercial terms and this caused a setback to his film career. In 1999, Kumar played opposite Twinkle Khanna in International Khiladi. The film did not do well at the box office. He received critical acclaim for his roles in the films Sangharsh and Jaanwar. Whilst the former did not make a profit at the box office, the latter turned out to be a commercial success and marked his comeback.

2000–2006: Hera Pheri and expansion to comedy and romantic films

In 2000, Kumar starred in the Priyadarshan-directed comedy Hera Pheri alongside Paresh Rawal and Sunil Shetty. The film which was a remake of the Malayalam film Ramji Rao Speaking, became a commercial success and proved to be a turning point in Kumar’s career. Hindustan Times noted the film’s “intense portrayal of the surreality of the human condition”. He also starred in the Dharmesh Darshan-directed romantic drama Dhadkan later that same year. The film performed moderately at the box office but Kumar was praised for his acting. Rediff.coms review stated that he had proved that he is a “director’s actor” and that “he has worked hard on his role is apparent.” That same year, he performed some of his most dangerous stunts in Neeraj Vora-directed action thriller Khiladi 420, where he climbed a running plane, stood on top of the plane flying a thousand feet in the air, and jumped from the plane onto a hot air balloon. In a later scene, he is also seen being chased by a car, dodging bullets, jumping off buildings, and climbing walls. His character in the film had two names and his role received mixed reviews. Sukanya Verma wrote “Negative roles and Akshay Kumar don’t go hand-in-hand. […] Akshay is ridiculously over the top and irritating to the core. However, he manages a decent performance as the sober and suave Anand.” Padmaraj Nair of Screen, however, believed it was “the best performance of his career”.

The next year Kumar starred in Dharmesh Darshan-directed romantic drama musical film Bewafaa (2005) opposite Kareena Kapoor. He played the role of Raja, an aspiring musician who pursues his love interest Anjali (played by Kareena Kapoor) even after she is married to Aditya Sahai (played by Anil Kapoor). The film received mixed reviews from film critics but Kumar was praised for his acting. Anupama Chopra of India Today wrote that “Kareena Kapoor and Kumar stand out.” Taran Adarsh wrote, “Akshay Kumar does well in a role that fits him like a glove.” Later that year he acted in Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s family drama Waqt: The Race Against Time alongside Amitabh Bachchan, another Priyadarshan-directed comedy Garam Masala alongside John AbrahamWaqt: The Race Against Time was a family drama film. The film and Kumar’s acting received mixed reviews. Vishal D’Souza wrote, “Akshay shoulders an author-backed role, carrying more of the film’s emotional baggage though he is distinctly uncomfortable in the soppy-weepy scenes.” The films succeeded at the box office and his performance in the latter earned him his second Filmfare Award, for Best Comedian. His other films included Vikram Bhatt-directed action comedy romance film Deewane Huye Paagal and Suneel Darshan-directed romantic drama Dosti: Friends Forever. In the former, he starred alongside Shahid Kapoor, Sunil Shetty, and Rimi Sen while in the latter he starred alongside Kareena Kapoor and Bobby Deol. Both of these films received positive reviews.

Kumar’s first release of 2006 was Rajkumar Santoshi-directed drama Family – Ties of Blood followed by Suneel Darshan’s Mere Jeevan Saathi and Raj Kanwar’s Humko Deewana Kar Gaye. Next, he starred in a sequel to Hera Pheri titled Phir Hera Pheri. As was the former, the sequel became a huge success at the box office. Later that year he starred alongside Salman Khan and Preity Zinta in the Shirish Kunder-directed romantic musical film Jaan-E-Mann. The film was a well-anticipated release, and despite receiving positive reviews from critics, did not do as well as expected at the box office. The film received mostly negative reviews. Vidya Pradhan of called it a “bizarre movie.” Though the film underperformed, his role as a shy, lovable nerd was praised. He ended the year with Priyadarshan’s comedy murder mystery film Bhagam Bhag. He starred alongside Lara Dutta, Govinda, and Paresh Rawal and played the character of a theatre actor. The film received mixed reviews and called Kumar the real hero of the film. The film was commercially successful. The same year, he led the Heat 2006 world tour along with fellow stars Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Sushmita Sen, and Celina Jaitley.

2007–2011: Commercial success and professional setbacks

2007 proved to be Kumar’s most successful year during his career in the industry, and as described by box office analysts, “probably the best ever recorded by an actor, with four outright hits and no flops.” His first release, Vipul Amrutlal Shah-directed Namastey London, was critically and commercially successful, and his performance earned him a Best Actor nomination at Filmfare. Critic Taran Adarsh wrote of his performance in the film, “he’s sure to win the hearts of millions of moviegoers with a terrific portrayal in this film.” Kumar’s chemistry with lead actress Katrina Kaif also generated immense appreciation, with Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India describing their pairing as “refreshing.” His next two releases, Sajid Khan-directed Heyy Babyy and Priyadarshan’s Bhool Bhulaiyaa were box-office successes as well. In both of these films, he starred opposite Vidya Balan. Kumar’s last release of the year, the Anees Bazmee-directed Welcome, did extremely well at the box office, receiving a blockbuster status and simultaneously becoming his fifth successive hit. All of Kumar’s films released that year did well in the overseas market as well. Kumar appeared in a cameo role in Farah Khan-directed Om Shanti Om. His role was listed as no. 3 on the Top 10 Cameos in Bollywood list of

In 2011 he starred in Patiala House and Thank You. His last film of 2011 was Rohit Dhawan-directed Desi Boyz (2011), which co-starred John Abraham, Chitrangada Singh, and Deepika Padukone. He also co-produced a film with Russell Peters titled Breakaway (dubbed into Hindi as Speedy Singhs) which is reminiscent of his own Patiala House. Breakaway became the highest-grossing cross-cultural movie of 2011 in Canada. Kumar dubbed for the role of Optimus Prime in the Hindi version of the Hollywood, action blockbuster, Transformers: Dark of the Moon. He took the dubbing role for his son, Aarav, and did so for free.

2012: Resurgence

His first release in 2012 was Housefull 2, a sequel to his earlier comedy film Housefull, which became Superhit. Kumar’s next film was the Prabhudeva-directed action drama Rowdy Rathore in which he played a double role opposite Sonakshi Sinha. The film earned more than ₹1.3 billion (US$24.33 million) in India and was declared a Blockbuster. Both of these films grossed over ₹1 billion (US$18.71 million) at the box office. In 2012, he founded another production company called Grazing Goat Pictures Pvt Ltd.

Joker was reportedly promoted as Kumar’s 100th film, but later Akshay Kumar clarified that the 100th film landmark had been crossed long before he even signed up for Joker. “It was a miscalculation on Shirish’s part. OMG is my 116th film,” he said. Kumar kept himself away from the film’s promotion due to differences with Kunder. Reacting to Kumar’s backing out from the film’s promotion Kunder tweeted “A true leader takes responsibility for his team and leads them through thick and thin. Never abandons them and runs away.” He later deleted the tweet. His later release Oh My God which he produced and starred along with Paresh Rawal. It had a slow opening but because of word of mouth, it picked up. His last release in 2012 was Khiladi 786, the eighth installment in his famous Khiladi series as well as the comeback of the series after 12 years. Although the film was panned by critics it grossed 700 million at the domestic box office.

2013–present: Other critical and commercial success

His first release in 2013 was Special Chabbis which earned a positive critical reception and was moderately successful at the box office. Although the movie earned him positive reviews and commercial success, trade analysts noted that the movie could have done much better business due to its good content and Kumar’s high profile. Milan Luthria chose Kumar to play the character of Shoaib Khan (based on Dawood Ibrahim) in the gangster film Once Upon ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara!, the sequel to Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai. It proved to be a below-average at the box office. The film was declared a “flop” by Box Office India. It received mixed reviews however Kumar’s acting was praised by a majority of critics. In a review for Hindustan Times, Anupama Chopra wrote that Kumar “makes a stellar killer”. Madhureeta Mukherjee of The Times of India praised Kumar’s performance and said that “Bhai acts with flamboyance and mojo … He gets a chance to do what he does best – herogiri (albeit less menacing, more entertaining), with charisma and clap-trap dialoguebaazi.” Al Pacino saw the film’s trailer and promos and admired Kumar’s portrayal of Shoaib Khan, a gangster. He said that the promos and posters reminded him of his own The Godfather. Kumar said of Pacino’s response: “A touch of appreciation is always held dearly in an actor’s arms, even if it’s from the simplest of people like our beloved spot boys. But to have your work spoken of so kindly by the world’s most admired gangster Al Pacino himself – I had goosebumps thinking about him watching the promo! I was so humbled, not only as an actor but as a fan of his legendary work.” Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN criticized Kumar for his “in-your-face flamboyance”. After the film’s mainly negative reviews, Kumar lashed out at critics, accusing them of lacking an understanding of the audience and the basic ideas of filmmaking. Built on an approximate budget of ₹1 billion (US$18.71 million), it was the first major Hindi language film to be shot in Oman. Kumar received a nomination for Best Actor in a Negative Role at Zee Cine Awards.

His other movie Rakshabandhan which was released on the extended weekend of 5 days on 11 August received mixed reviews. The Hindu wrote ”The film’s engaging powerful anti-dowry sentiments, along with Akshay’s brilliant comic timing, ensures that there is enough to keep the audience tied for two hours”. The Indian Express rated the film 1.5 out of 5 stars and wrote “Do the filmmakers truly believe that such low-rent family dramas, with their uneasy mix of humor and crassness”. The film couldn’t manage to impress the audience and scored poorly at the Indian ticket windows. The film managed to earn a mere $4.2 million over the extended weekend.

His other release in 2022 was Cuttputlli, which was again a remake of Ratsasan. The movie was released directly on Disney+ Hotstar.

The Hindustan Times wrote “Akshay Kumar got a golden opportunity in the film “Ram Setu” by Abhishek Sharma released on 25 October 2022, as his character is unlike anything he has done in the recent past. Ram Setu embraces the best of the Indiana Jones and National Treasure schools of storytelling with desi action” With the poor performance of Ram Setu, 2022 proved to be one of the worst years for Kumar in recent times.

His first release of 2023 was Selfiee, an official remake of Driving Licence, which also starred Emraan Hashmi, Diana Penty, and Nushrratt Bharuccha. The film bombed at the box office continuing the streak of flops for the actor. Akshay is currently shooting for Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, which also stars Tiger Shroff.

His other projects in 2023 include OMG 2 – Oh my God 2, a spiritual successor to OMG – Oh My God, the official remake of Soorarai Pottru, a biopic The Great Indian Rescue, initially titled “Capsule Gill” and Vedat Marathe Veer Daudle Saat, his Marathi debut.

Akshay has also started shooting for multiple projects set to release in 2024 which also includes the much-awaited Hera Pheri sequel.

Personal life (Akshay Kumar Biography)

Kumar married Twinkle Khanna, the daughter of actors Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia, on 17 January 2001. Together they have a son and a daughter. He is known as a protective father and keeps his children away from the media. He stated that he wants to “give them a normal childhood.” In 2009, while performing at a show for Levis at Lakme Fashion Week, Kumar asked Twinkle to unbutton his jeans. This incident sparked a controversy which led to a police case being filed against them.

Kumar was initially a religious, practicing Shaiva Hindu who regularly visited shrines and temples across the country, including the famed Vaishno Devi Mandir, but in March 2020 he stated, “I don’t believe in any religion. I only believe in being Indian”.

Akshay_Kumar with His Family
Akshay Kumar with His Family

Citizenship (Akshay Kumar Biography)

Sometime during or after the 2011 Canadian federal election, the Conservative government there granted Canadian citizenship to Kumar by invoking a little-known law that allowed circumventing the usual residency requirement for Canadian immigrants. According to a former Conservative Party minister, Tony Clement, the citizenship was awarded in return for Kumar’s offer of putting his “star power to use to advance Canada-Indian relations,” and Canada’s “trade relations, commercial relations, in the movie sector, in the tourism sector.” Although Kumar had earlier appeared in a campaign event for Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Brampton, Ontario, a city with a large Indo-Canadian population, and praised Harper, Clement denied that the citizenship was a reward for partisan support. Kumar had received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Windsor, and in a 2010 interview with the Economist claimed he had “dual citizenship.” He was one of the 15 international celebrities invited to the Olympics torch-bearer rally in Canada.

In December 2019, Kumar stated that he has applied for an Indian passport and plans to give up his Canadian citizenship.

Filmography (Akshay Kumar Biography)


Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
1987 Aaj Karate instructor Special appearance
1991 Saugandh Shiva Kirplani
Dancer Raju
1992 Khiladi Raj Malhotra
Mr. Bond Mr. Bond
Deedar Anand Malhotra
1993 Ashaant Vijay Roy Bilingual film
Dil Ki Baazi Vijay Kashyap
Kayda Kanoon Dawood Durani
Waqt Hamara Hai Vikas Sabkuchwala
Sainik Lieutenant. Suraj Dutt
1994 Elaan Vishal Chaudhary
Yeh Dillagi Vijayendra “Vijay” Saigal
Jai Kishen Jai Verma / Kishen Verma
Mohra Amar Saxena
Main Khiladi Tu Anari Karan Joglekar
Ikke Pe Ikka Rajiv
Amanaat Amar Kumar
Suhaag Raj Sinha
Zakhmi Dil Jaidev Anand
Zaalim Ravi Pratap
Hum Hain Bemisaal Vijay Sinha
1995 Paandav Vijay Kumar
Maidan-E-Jung Karan Singh
Nazar Ke Samne Jai Kumar
Sabse Bada Khiladi Vijay “Lallu” Kumar
1996 Tu Chor Main Sipahi Amar Verma
Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi Akshay Malhotra
Sapoot Prem Singhania
1997 Lahoo Ke Do Rang Sikandar Davai
Insaaf Vikram Singh Jain
Daava Arjun Sarwar
Tarazu Ram Yadav
Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi Rajant “Raja” Kapoor (Mr. Khiladi)
Dil To Pagal Hai Ajay Sahni Cameo appearance
Aflatoon Rocky Chaturvedi / Raja Chaturvedi
1998 Keemat Dev
Angaaray Amar Mehra
Barood Jai Sharma
1999 Sangharsh Aman Verma
Aarzoo Vijay Khanna / Devaa
International Khiladi Devraj Anand
Zulmi Raj Malhotra
Jaanwar Baadshah / Babu Lohaar
2000 Hera Pheri Raju / Rajesh Rathod
Dhadkan Ram Verma
Khiladi 420 Dev Kumar Malhotra / Anand Kumar Malhotra
2001 Ajnabee Vikram Bajaj
Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love Ajay Kapoor
2002 Aadhar Jagdish’s friend Cameo appearance; Marathi film
Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya Raj Malhotra
Aankhen Vishwas Raj Prajapati
Awara Paagal Deewana Guru Gulab Khatri
Jaani Dushman Atul Agarwal
2003 Talaash Arjun Raichand
Andaaz Raj Malhotra
2004 Khakee Senior Inspector Shekhar Verma
Police Force Vijay Singh
Aan: Men at Work DCP Hari Om Pattnaik
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi Arun “Sunny” Khanna
Hatya Ravi Lal
Aitraaz Raj Malhotra
Meri Biwi Ka Jawaab Nahin Ajay Khanna
Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo Rajeev Singh
2005 Insan Amjad Khan
Bewafaa Raja Bhosle
Waqt Aditya Thakur
Garam Masala Makrand “Mac” Godbole
Deewane Huye Paagal Ranbir “Rocky” Hiranadani
Dosti: Friends Forever Raj Malhotra
2006 Family Simple Cook Shekhar Bhatia
Mere Jeevan Saathi Vicky Bahl
Humko Deewana Kar Gaye Aditya Malhotra
Phir Hera Pheri Raju / Rajesh Rathod
Jaan-E-Mann Agastya Rao
Bhagam Bhag Bunty Rajkumar
2007 Namastey London Arjun Singh
Heyy Babyy Aarush Mehra 75th Film
Bhool Bhulaiyaa Aditya Shrivastava
Om Shanti Om Himself Special appearance
Welcome Rajiv Saini
2008 Tashan Bachchan Pandey
Singh Is Kinng Happy Singh
Jumbo Jaybir “Jumbo” Singh Also narrator
2009 Chandni Chowk to China Sidhu / Sidhesh Sharma
8 x 10 Tasveer Jai Puri / Jeet Puri
Kambakkht Ishq Viraj Shergill
Blue Aarav Malhotra
De Dana Dan Nitin Bankar
2010 Housefull Aarush Awasthi
Khatta Meetha Sachin Tichkule
Action Replayy Kishen Kumar Chopra
Tees Maar Khan Tabrez Mirza Khan / Tees Maar Khan
2011 Patiala House Parghat Singh “Gattu” Kahlon
Thank You Kishen Khurana
Breakaway Himself Special appearance
Desi Boyz Jignesh “Jerry” Patel / Rocco
Chalo Dilli Lieutenant Colonel Vikram Singh Rana Cameo appearance
2012 Housefull 2 Sunny Pujari / Sunil
Rowdy Rathore Shiva / Shivam Bharadwaj ASP Vikram Singh Rathore
Joker Rajkumar Joker Sattu / Agastya Sattu
OMG – Oh My God! God Krishna Vasudev Yadav
Khiladi 786 Bahattar Singh / Tehattar Singh
2013 Bhaji in Problem Himself Special appearance; Punjabi film
Special 26 Ajay Singh Vardhan
Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara! Criminal Shoaib Khan
Boss Suryakant Shastri / Surya “Boss”
Bombay Talkies Himself Guest appearance in song “Apna Bombay Talkies”
2014 Holiday Captain Virat Bakshi
Fugly Himself Special appearance in the song “Fugly Fugly Kya Hai”
Entertainment Akhil Johri
The Shaukeens Himself / Rajiv Bhatia
2015 Baby Ajay Singh Rajput
Hey Bro Himself Special appearance in the song “Birju”
Gabbar Is Back Professor Aditya “Gabbar” Singh Rajput
Brothers David Fernandes
Singh Is Bling Raftaar Singh
2016 Airlift Ranjit Katyal
Housefull 3 Sanket “Sandy” Sehgal / Sundy
Dishoom Sameer Gazi Cameo
Rustom Rustom Pavri
2017 Jolly LLB 2 Advocate Jagdishwar “Jolly” Mishra
Naam Shabana Ajay Singh Rajput Cameo appearance
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Keshav Sharma
2018 Pad Man Lakshmi Kant Chauhan
Gold Tapan Das
2.0 Pakshi Rajan Tamil film
Simmba DCP Veer “Surya” Sooryavanshi Special appearance / Post Credit Scene
2019 Kesari Havildar Ishar Singh
Blank Himself Special appearance in the song “Ali Ali”
Mission Mangal Rakesh Dhawan
Housefull 4 Harry Sinha / Bala Dev Singh
Good Newwz Varun Batra
2020 Laxmii Asif Ahmed
2021 Bell Bottom Anshul Malhotra / Bell Bottom
Sooryavanshi DCP Veer Sooryavanshi “Surya”
Atrangi Re Sajjad Ali Khan
2022 Bachchhan Paandey Bachchan Pandey
Samrat Prithviraj Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan
Raksha Bandhan Lala Kedarnath Agarwal
Cuttputlli SI Arjan Sethi
Ram Setu Aryan Kulshrestha
An Action Hero Himself Cameo appearance
2023 Selfiee Vijay Kumar
OMG 2 Messenger of Lord Shiva
The Great Indian Rescue † Jaswant Singh Gill Filming
2024 Untitled remake of Soorarai Pottru † Major Jai Singh Post-production
Bade Miyan Chote Miyan † TBA Filming
Vedat Marathe Veer Daudle Saat † Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Filming; Marathi film
Hera Pheri 3 † Raju / Rajesh Rathod Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Seven Deadly Art with Akshay Kumar Host
2008–2009, 2011 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi Host Season 1, 2, 4
2010 MasterChef India Host Season 1
2012 Himself Season 2; Special appearance
2013 Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah Special appearance
2014–2017 Jamai Raja Producer
2014 Dare 2 Dance Host
2017 The Great Indian Laughter Challenge Judge
2019 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 9 Himself Guest
2020 Into The Wild With Bear Grylls

Music videos (Akshay Kumar Biography)

Year Title Role Singer
2019 Filhall Dr. Kabir Malhotra B Praak
2020 Muskurayega India Himself Vishal Mishra
2021 Filhaal 2: Mohabbat Dr. Kabir Malhotra B Praak
2023 Kya Loge Tum Unnamed

Dubbing artist

Title Actor Role Dub language Original language Original year release Dub year release Notes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Peter Cullen Optimus Prime Hindi English 2011 2011

Production (Akshay Kumar Biography)

Films productions

Denotes films that have not yet been released

Hindi films

Year Film Director Distributed By
2008 Singh is Kinng Anees Bazmee Indian Films
2010 Khatta Meetha Priyadarshan Eros Now
Action Replayy Vipul Amrutlal Shah PVR Pictures
Tees Maar Khan Farah Khan UTV Motion Pictures
2011 Patiala House Nikkhil Advani T-Series
Thank You Anees Bazmee UTV Motion Pictures
Breakaway Robert Lieberman Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
2012 Joker Shirish Kunder UTV Motion Pictures
Khiladi 786 Ashish R Mohan Eros Now
2013 Boss Anthony’D Suza Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
2014 Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty A. R. Murugadoss Reliance Entertainment
The Shaukeens Abhishek Sharma AA Films
2015 Baby Neeraj Pandey AA Films
2016 Airlift Raja Krishna Menon
Rustom Tinu Suresh Desai Panorama Studios
Zee Studios International
2017 Naam Shabana Shivam Nair Reliance Entertainment
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Shree Narayan Singh Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Reliance Entertainment
2018 Pad Man R. Balki Sony Pictures Releasing
Gold Reema Kagti AA Films
Zee Studios International
2019 Mission Mangal Jagan Shakti Zee Studios
Kesari Anurag Singh
Good Newwz Raj Mehta
2020 Laxmii Raghava Lawrence Disney+ Hotstar
Durgamati G. Ashok Amazon Prime Video
2021 Sooryavanshi Rohit Shetty Reliance Entertainment
PVR Pictures
Atrangi Re Aanand L. Rai Disney+ Hotstar
2022 Raksha Bandhan Zee Studios
Ram Setu Abhishek Sharma
2023 Selfiee Raj Mehta Star Studios
OMG 2 † Amit Rai Viacom 18 Motion Pictures

Marathi films (Akshay Kumar Biography)

Year Film Director Distributed By
2013 72 Miles Rajiv Patil Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
2017 Chumbak Sandeep Modi AA Films
Akshay Kumar Biography
Akshay Kumar Biography

Television and other work (Akshay Kumar Biography)


In 2004, Kumar presented seven-part miniseries Seven Deadly Arts with Akshay Kumar for free, played master and learner as he introduces viewers to each of the seven parts of martial arts-kalarippayattu, Shaolin Kung Fu, karate, taekwondo, aikido, Muay Thai, capoeira, the show aired on every following Sunday. The following year Kumar was awarded the highest Japanese honor of “Katana” and a sixth-degree black belt in Kuyukai Gōjū-ryū karate.

In 2008, Kumar started India’s stunt/action reality game show – “Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi“. He hosted Season 1, Season 2, and Season 4. The show was widely accepted and appreciated and became hugely successful in popular culture. It is still being run by Rohit Shetty.

In 2011, Kumar hosted India’s first MasterChef television show on Star Plus, which was viewed by 18.2 million viewers, and went on to prove that Indian audiences are open to experimenting and look forward to innovations in television entertainment.

In 2014, He hosted another reality show Dare 2 Dance as a mentor, which aired on Life OK from 6 September. It broke the norms of a regular dance format with a commitment of a ‘first of its kind. A dance show where trained and famed dancers weren’t judged only on the basis of their dance performances, but they had to perform stunts to survive on the dance floor.

In 2014, Kumar also produced a successful television serial Jamai Raja (2014), starring Ravi Dubey and Nia Sharma, which established them as leading actors in the Indian television industry.

In 2017, he judged The Great Indian Laughter Challenge with Mallika Dua, Hussain Dalal, and Zakir Khan, later they were replaced by Sajid Khan and Shreyas Talpade. The show made many popular names including Vishwash Chauhan and Shyam Rangeela.

Kumar joined Bear Grylls for an episode in “Into The Wild”, which aired on Discovery channel on 14 September 2020. The episode was the second highest-rated show in the infotainment genre (Discovery Channel) in terms of TRP. 1.1 crore people watched the premiere on Discovery Network channels.

Fitness work and stage performances

Kumar promotes health fitness and exercising, and stays in shape with a combination of kickboxing, basketball, swimming, and Parkour as well as working out. While in standard eighth he started practicing Karate. He intended to open a martial arts school and the state government of Maharashtra allotted land for the school in Bhayandar.

He helped Khanna with editing the drafts of her debut book Mrs Funnybones. He is a teetotaller but has endorsed a liquor brand in the past. Half of the sum was given to Daan (charity work), of which he has been doing more in recent times. In 2013, one of his fans traveled from Haryana to Mumbai, to meet him. The journey took him 42 days. When he reached Kumar’s building, he was informed that Kumar was in Casablanca. The fan stayed outside the building for one week before Kumar met him. Kumar has come out in support and lauded the Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore for his stand against corruption. The minister said that the government entrusted CBI with the investigation against the corrupt officials in the sports department.

On 9 August 2014, Kumar performed at his 500th live show. The show was held in O2 Arena in London as part of the inaugural function of the World Kabaddi League. His first live show was held in 1991 in Delhi. Kumar owns Bengal Warriors a team in the Indian Kabbadi League. Akshay Kumar sets himself on fire at his upcoming The End series launch with Prime Video, saying he’s a stuntman first and actor later.

In the media (Akshay Kumar Biography)

In Indian media, Kumar is referred to as Khiladi or Khiladi Kumar for doing so many dangerous stunts by himself and also because of his Khiladi film series. In 2009, Madame Tussauds wanted to make his wax figure next because he has an international fan following. But he declined and said, “he doesn’t want to be waxed because he does not think it is of that great importance”. From 2015, he was continuously feathered in Forbes’ highest-paid actors’ top 10 list. In 2019, he was the fourth highest-paid actor in the world behind Dwayne JohnsonChris Hemsworth, and Robert Downey Jr. On the Forbes US list of the World’s 33rd Highest Earners with $65M. In 2020, He ranked sixth and the only Indian actor in the top 10 of the highest-paid actors list with $48.5M. Kumar is the first Indian film actor, whose films’ domestic net lifetime collections crossed ₹20 billion (US$341.31 million) in 2013, and ₹30 billion (US$446.46 million) in 2016.

Kumar holds the Guinness World Record for 184 Selfies taken in three minutes at a promotional event for his film Selfiee in Mumbai. He talked to the media and termed it as a ‘way of paying tribute’ to his fans. In March 2023, Kumar performed in various cities in the United States for “The Entertainers” tour, alongside Disha PataniMouni RoyNora FatehiSonam Bajwa, Aparshakti Khurana, Stebin Ben, and Zahrah S Khan.

Philanthropy and social service

Kumar is one of India’s most philanthropic celebrities, does a lot of help and donations, and continues the good work offscreen with his philanthropy and services. He and his co-star Tamannaah Bhatia donated all the clothes from their film 2014 Entertainment to an animal welfare charity. Youth Organisation in Defence of Animals  (YODA) is an organization that works for the welfare of street animals. He has also donated ₹5 million (US$93,567.08) to Salman Khan‘s Being Human Foundation. Kumar also donated a sum of ₹9 million to drought-hit farmers in Maharashtra in 2015, Khan himself tweeted on Twitter. Kumar also helped a contestant of the TV reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi by giving him Rs. 25 lacks after knowing that the contestant needed the prize money of the show for his father’s cancer treatment. He has also donated ₹5 million to aid drought-affected people through the Maharashtra government’s Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan. In March 2013, he started a 30-bed cancer shelter for policemen in Naigaon. In December 2013, Vishwas Nangre Patil, Additional Commissioner of Police, West Mumbai visited his gym along with several trainee officers. Acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, on whose life Deepika Padukone‘s Chapaak was based is also an activist. Some years ago, she was struggling to make ends meet. Kumar came to her rescue and transferred Rs. 5 Lakh into her account so that she could fend for herself until she found a job because medals, awards, and certificates don’t pay the bills.

Kumar was one of the first personalities from Bollywood to contribute to the PM CARES Fund right at the start of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, He donated Rs. 25 crores to the Prime Minister’s Fund and another crore to ex-cricketer Gautam Gambhir’s charity for the same cause. The former cricketer revealed on Twitter that Akshay Kumar had donated Rs. 1 crore to his foundation during the deadly second wave to help people affected by the novel coronavirus. Gambhir wrote, “Every help in this gloom comes as a ray of hope. Thanks a lot, Akshay Kumar for committing Rs 1 crore to #GGF for food, meds, and oxygen for the needy! God bless.” In 2021, Kumar donated ₹1 crore for the construction of a school building in Neeru Village of Bandipora district in Jammu and Kashmir.

Awards and nominations (Akshay Kumar Biography)

Civilian award

  • 2009 – Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India.

Honorary Doctorate

  • 2008 – Honorary Doctorate of Law by the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada for his outstanding work in the film industry and contribution to social work.

The Asian Awards (Akshay Kumar Biography)

Year Category For Result
2011 Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Won

Asian Film Awards

Year Category For Result
2009 Asian Film Award for Best Actor Singh Is Kinng Nominated

National Film Awards

Year Category For Result
2017 Best Actor Rustom Won
2019 Best Film on Other Social Issues Pad Man Won

Filmfare Awards (Akshay Kumar Biography)

Year Category For Result
1995 Best Actor Yeh Dillagi Nominated
1998 Best Supporting Actor Dil To Pagal Hai Nominated
2002 Best Villain Ajnabee Won
2005 Best Supporting Actor Khakee Nominated
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi Nominated
Best Comedian Nominated
2006 Garam Masala Won
2008 Best Actor Namastey London Nominated
2009 Singh Is Kinng Nominated
2013 Best Supporting Actor OMG: Oh My God! Nominated
2015 Best Actor Holiday Nominated
2018 Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Nominated
2019 Pad Man Nominated
2020 Kesari Nominated

Filmfare Awards South

Year Category For Result
2019 Best Supporting Actor – Tamil 2.0 Nominated

Screen Awards

Year Category For Result
2005 Best Supporting Actor Mujhse Shaadi Karogi Nominated
2005 Jodi No. 1 (along with Priyanka Chopra) Aitraaz Nominated
2009 Best Actor (Popular Choice) Singh Is Kinng Won

IIFA Awards (Akshay Kumar Biography)

Year Category For Result
2000 Best Actor Dhadkan Nominated
2002 Best Villain Ajnabee Won
2005 Best Comedian Mujhse Shaadi Karogi Won
2006 Garam Masala Nominated
2008 IIFA Special Award from the host country, Thailand Won
Best Actor Bhool Bhulaiyaa Nominated
2009 IFA Star of the Decade – Male Nominated
2013 Best Supporting Actor OMG: Oh My God! Nominated
2018 Best Actor Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Nominated

Stardust Awards

Year Category For Result
2005 Best Actor in a Comic Role Mujhse Shaadi Karogi Nominated
2008 Star of the Year – Male Heyy Babyy & Namastey London Won
2009 Singh Is Kinng Nominated
Best Film (Popular) Won
2010 Best Actor – Popular (Male) Blue Won
Best Actor (Critics) 8 x 10 Tasveer Won
Best Actor in a Comic Role De Dana Dan Nominated
2011 Star of the Year – Male Housefull and Tees Maar Khan Won
Best Actor in a Comedy or Romance Won
2012 Desi Boyz Won
2013 Best Actor – Action/Thriller Rowdy Rathore and Khiladi 786 Won

BIG Star Entertainment Awards

Year Category For Result
2012 Most Entertaining Social Film OMG: Oh My God! Won
Complete Entertainer of the Year – Male Won
Most Entertaining Actor in a Thriller Role – Male Rowdy Rathore Won
Most Entertaining Actor in an Action Role – Male Won
2013 Boss Nominated
Most Entertaining Actor in a Thriller Role – Male Special 26 Nominated
BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor (Film) – Male Nominated
2020 Most Challenging Actor Kesari Nominated

Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards

Year Category For Result
2008 Best Entertainer of the Year 2007 Namastey LondonHeyy BabyyBhool Bhulaiyaa & Welcome Won
2015 Special Award Completing 25 years in the industry Won

Zee Cine Awards (Akshay Kumar Biography)

Year Film Category Result
2006 Waqt: The Race Against Time Best Actor – Male Nominated
2008 Namastey London Nominated
2011 Housefull Nominated
2012 International Male Icon Nominated
2014 Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara Best Actor in a Negative Role – Male Nominated
2016 Baby Best Actor – Male Nominated
2017 Airlift Nominated
2018 The State vs Jolly LL.B 2 Best Actor – Male (Viewers Choice) Won
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Nominated

Star Box Office Awards (Akshay Kumar Biography)

Year Category For Result
2014 Box Office 1000 Crore Club Hero Achievement in Bollywood Won
Mr. Box Office Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty Nominated
Mr. Money Bags Nominated

Indian Television Awards

Year Category For Result
2009 Radio Mirchi Presents Best Television Personality Won

‘Hello! Hall Of Fame’ Awards

Year Category For Result
2010 Stylish Couple Of The Year Award (along with Twinkle Khanna) Won

Star’s Sabsey Favourite Awards

Year Category For Result
2009 Actor of the Year Won
2010 Won

South Indian International Movie Awards


Year Category For Result
2019 Best Actor in a Negative Role–Tamil 2.0 Nominated

Other awards (Akshay Kumar Biography)

  • 2002 – Sansui Viewers’ Choice Movie Awards: Best Actor in a Villainous Role for Ajnabee
  • 2003 – Bollywood Fashion Awards: Celebrity Style (Male)
  • 2006 – Bollywood People’s Choice Awards: Best Comic Performance for Garam Masala
  • 2006 – Best Action Actor at AXN Action Awards
  • 2010 – Best Action Actor in a Negative Role at AXN Action Awards for Blue
  • 2008 – Asia’s Sexiest Man Alive
  • 2015 – Filmfare Glamour & Style Awards: Most Glamorous Star (Male).
  • 2015 – GQ Awards: Ultimate Man Of The Year Award.
  • 2018 – GQ India Style Awards: GQ Legend award.
  • 2018 – Lions Gold Award Best Actor Popular (For selfless contribution towards the nation through social message in films)
  • 2018 – Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Best Actor Award for Pad man.
  • 2019 – HT India’s Most Stylish – Hottest Trendsetter (Male).
  • 2004 – Rajiv Gandhi Award for his Outstanding achievements in Bollywood.
  • 2009 – IIFA-FICCI Frames, “Most Powerful Entertainer of the Decade Award” for his contribution to Indian cinema.

Honors and recognitions

  • 2008 – Named “Sexiest Man Alive” by People (India) magazine.2009 – He was awarded the highest Japanese honor of “Katana” and a sixth-degree Black Belt in Kuyukai Gojuryu Karate.
  • 2009 – He was one of the 15 international celebrities invited to the Olympics torch-bearer rally in Canada.
  • 2012 – He inaugurated the 43rd International Film Festival of India in Goa.
  • 2013 – Named “Reader’s Choice Style Icon”.

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