|Akshay Kumar Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11.5 in|
|Date of Birth||September 9, 1967|
Akshay Kumar is an India-born naturalized Canadian actor, producer, martial artist, and television personality who has been cast in over 100 films and has won several awards including a National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in Rustom (2016). Some of his other popular films include Good Newwz, Pad Man, Kesari, Holiday, Khiladi 786, Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Khatta Meetha, Housefull film series, OMG – Oh My God!, Garam Masala, Dil To Pagal Hai, and Singh Is Kinng.
Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia
Akki, King Kumar, Khiladi, Mac, The King of Bollywood, Raju, Khiladi Kumar, Indian Jackie Chan
Amritsar, Punjab, India
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Akshay attended Don Bosco School in Mumbai, Maharashtra, and then Guru Nanak Khalsa College in Mumbai.
In the late 1980s, he was also going to Madhumati Dance Academy where Chunky Panday was his senior.
Actor, Producer, Martial Artist, Television Personality
- Father – Hari Om Bhatia (Worked in Indian Military Force)
- Mother – Aruna Bhatia (Producer) (Died on September 8, 2021)
- Siblings – Alka Bhatia (Sister)
- Others – Rajesh Khanna (Father-in-law) (Actor) (Died on July 18, 2012), Dimple Kapadia (Mother-in-law) (Actress), Rinke Khanna (Sister-in-law) (Actress)
He is represented by –
- United Agents Ltd., Talent Agency, London, England, United Kingdom
- Sandra Reynolds Agency, Talent Agency, London, England, United Kingdom
5 ft 11.5 in or 181.5 cm
78 kg or 172 pounds
Girlfriend / Spouse
Akshay Kumar has dated –
- Ayesha Jhulka
- Raveena Tandon (1994-1996) – Akshay met actress Raveena Tandon while shooting for director Rajiv Rai’s Mohra (1994). Their on-screen chemistry soon blossomed into an off-screen love affair that was treasured by millions at the time. The duo had even secretly gotten engaged to one at a temple. Nevertheless, despite things seeming their filmy love story the couple began to fall apart when rumors of Akshay dating actress Rekha started to surface. Later, in 1996 their relationship fell through when he started dating actress and Raveena’s best friend Shilpa Shetty. Then in 1999, during an interview with Stardust, she opened up about how Akshay feared losing his female fan following and hence kept their engagement a secret.
- Shilpa Shetty (1996-2000) – From 1996 to 2000, Akshay dated actress Shilpa Shetty. He is nearly 8 years her senior.
- Twinkle Khanna (2001-Present) – In 2001, Akshay started dating actress Twinkle Khanna and on January 17, 2001, the couple got married. However, they were engaged twice before their marriage. The couple has two children together – son Aarav (born – September 2002) and daughter Nitara (born – September 25, 2012).
Race / Ethnicity
He has Punjabi ancestry.
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He was made the brand ambassador for Swachh Bharat Mission in Uttar Pradesh in 2017.
He has previously endorsed a cigarette brand.
Best Known For
His appearance in action films like Khiladi (1992), Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994), Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996), Khiladi 420 (2000), Khiladi 786 (2012).
In 1991, Kumar appeared in the film Saugandh for his role as Shiva. Akshay received the “Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut” for his contribution to the film.
Saugandh is his first film, which was released. However, Akshay had signed his first film Deedar which was released in 1992.
First TV Show
He debuted on television in 2008 with the hosting of the reality TV series Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi (season 1).
Akshay has also hosted season 2 and season 4 of this show.
He stays fit by incorporating in his fitness regime kickboxing, swimming, basketball, Parkour, and other workouts.
Akshay Kumar Favorite Things
- Cuisine – Thai, homemade Punjabi food
- Movies – Bandish (1980), Kudrat (1981), Aanchal (1980), Ashanti (1982), Souten (1983), Awaaz (1984), Dharm Aur Qanoon (1984), Maqsad (1984), Life is Beautiful (1997)
- Fruit – Mango
Source – IMDb, OneIndia.in
Akshay Kumar Facts
- It is believed that Akshay Kumar has the biggest shoe size (size 12) in the Indian film industry.
- He was previously a martial arts teacher. He owns a black belt in Taekwondo.
- He started modeling at the suggestion of one of his students. And, soon after modeling, he received films.
- He knows Muay Thai and has worked as a chef (as well as a waiter) in the past in Bangkok, Thailand.
- He played a lead role in the 1992 film Deedar. Actually, Akshay missed the flight to Bangalore (he had to go there for an ad shoot; he was a model at that time). So, as a result, upset Akshay went to producer Pramod Chakravarthy with his portfolio and to his surprise, he got the role.
- Rajesh Khanna is Akki’s idol.
- He likes rock climbing, swimming, and listening to music.
- Born in Amritsar (Punjab), Akshay grew up in Delhi and then relocated to Koliwada (Mumbai). Koliwada is also dominated by Punjabis.
- He has worked in a restaurant named “Metro Guest House” in Bangkok previously.
- After facing criticism regarding his Canadian citizenship, he stated in December 2019 that he has applied for an Indian passport and plans to give up his Canadian citizenship. He also said, “I have now applied for the passport. I am an Indian and it hurts me that I am asked to prove that every time. My wife and my children are Indian. I pay my taxes here and my life is here.”
- He was the 6th highest-paid actor of 2020 as per Forbes with $48.5 million in earnings. In this list, the #1 spot was held by Dwayne Johnson.
- In March 2021, it was revealed that he had been tested positive for coronavirus.
- In April 2021, Akshay and his wife, Twinkle Khanna donated 100 oxygen concentrators in order to contribute to the fight against coronavirus.
- In June 2021, ex-WWE wrestler The Undertaker had challenged Akshay Kumar for a real rematch after Akshay had shared a meme on Instagram in which he revealed that he had beaten The Undertaker in the 1996 movie Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi. Wrestler Brian Lee had played the role of The Undertaker in the said movie.
- Akshay’s Bell Bottom (2021) movie was banned in 3 gulf countries – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar for reportedly tampering with historical facts.
- He lost his mother Aruna on September 8, 2021, morning. She was admitted to Hiranandani Hospital’s ICU in Mumbai.
- In January 2022, Akshay Kumar had purchased a new 1,878 sq feet house on the 19th floor of the Joy Legend building at Khar for INR 7.8 crores. At the time, he also had houses in Goa and Mauritius.
- For the film Mission Cinderella, he had reportedly charged INR 135 crores.
- In 2022, he started appearing in the TV advertisements of Vimal Elaichi alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Ajay Devgn, for which he was criticized. He then issued an apology and promised to use that endorsement fee for a good cause.
- In May 2022, it was revealed that Akshay had tested positive for COVID-19.
- In July 2022, Akshay Kumar received the ‘Taxpayers Award’ from the Indian Government for his contribution towards nation-building.
- In September 2022, Akshay Kumar lost his hairdresser of more than 15 years named, Milan Jadhav as he passed away.
- In January 2023, Akshay Kumar donated INR 15 lakh to a 25-year-old Delhi girl named Ayushi Sharma who was in urgent need of a heart transplant. As per the doctors of Medanta Hospital, her heart was just 25% functional.
- In February 2023, Akshay was criticized for walking over the Indian map while promoting his North America tour which was titled The Entertainers and held in March 2023.
- In February 2023, Akshay made a Guinness World record for taking 184 clear selfies in 3 minutes during a meet and greet with his fans in Mumbai. The previous record was made on January 22, 2018, which was of 168 self-portrait photographs (selfies) taken in 3 minutes by James Smith of the U.S.
- In February 2023, Akshay’s movie Selfiee became the lowest opening-day grosser in 14 years with just INR 2.55 crore in India on its day 1 as per Bollywood trade analyst Taran Adarsh. Before this, 8×10 Tasveer in 2009 was his last worst film to do a worse opening day business.
- In 2013, while filming Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, Akshay was involved in an accident when a speeding truck ran over his right foot while filming an action scene in the Film City in Mumbai. He was rushed to Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in Andheri, Mumbai where it came to be known that a minor tissue damage happened.
- In August 2023, Akshay shared his Indian citizenship certificate.
- In late August 2023, Akshay’s film OMG 2 became the 4th highest-grossing adult film of Bollywood with ₹135 crore earnings in India.