Akshay Kumar, once a waiter in real life, now a 'box office blockbuster insurance', turned 46 on Tuesday. We mark his birthday by celebrating his six on-screen personas that have endeared him to his fans.
Born as Rajiv Hari Bhatia, Akki began his acting career with Suagandh (1991), and the film turned out to be an absolute dud. Down, but not out by any stretch of imagination, he made his mark in the industry with his action/Khiladi image the next year with Khiladi (1992). In fact, he did several films with Khiladi in the name, so much so that his nickname became Khiladi. Starting with this Ayesha Jhulkha-Deepak Tijori-starrer, Akshay featured in films such as Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994) with Saif Ali Khan and Shilpa Shetty, and Mohra (1994), which also had Suneil Shetty and Raveena Tandon.
Around 2000, Akshay re-invented himself as the action hero with the perfect comic timing. Priyadarshan's Hera Pheri (2000) marked the beginning of Akshay Kumar's succefull stint with comedy. Garam Masala (2005), Bhagam Bhaag (2006), Welcome (2007), Phir Hera Pheri (2006) and Housefull (2010) are few of the films where he excelled playing a comic.
With films like Ajnabee (2001), Tashan (2008) and Special 26 (2013), Akshay Kumar brought a conman who was also cool to the silver screen.
The hero in uniform
Akshay Kumar has also donned the uniform in a few of his movies. In Khakee (2004) and Aan: Men at Work (2004), he played a cop while he essayed the role of an army man in Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo (2004).
He may not be a romantic figure to beckon with, but Akshay Kumar has had his share of films that offer an overdose of romance and love. Dhadkan (2000), Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006) and Namaste London (2007) showed Akshay as then lover boy.
After Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, if there is one name that ensures massive opening collections at the BO, it is Akshay Kumar. He seems to have perfected his act of playing the Robinhood kind of characters and is loved by one and all. His recent masala blockbusters include Rowdy Rathore (2012), Boss (2014), Entertainment (2014), among others.