Exactly 29 years ago Akshay Kumar made his Bollywood debut with Saugandh in 1991. Even though the film tanked at the Box Office, Akshay Kumar’s career sky-rocketed. The model-turned-superstar has recorded massive Box Office success in the last three decades. He’s established the fact you don’t need a Bollywood Godfather to succeed in the Bollywood industry. The self-made Akshay Kumar has gone to become the highest-paid actor in Bollywood who also pays the maximum tax amongst his contemporaries.
Professionally trained in martial arts and Taekwondo, Akshay Kumar has always performed his action stunts himself. With films like the ‘Mr & Mrs Khiladi’, ‘Hera Pheri’, ‘Garama Masala’,’Welcome’, ‘Singh Is Kinng’, ‘Hey Baby’, ‘Housefull’ and most recent one ‘Good Newwz’, he also marked his position in Bollywood as the most bankable comic star of current times. The last couple of years have been all about patriotic or social-causes related films for Akshay. He’s been a part of recognizable films like ‘Baby’, ‘Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty’, ‘Gold’, ‘Gabbar Is Back’, ‘Airlift’, ‘Rustom’, ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’, ‘Padman’, ‘Kesari’ and ‘Gold’.
Akshay has never restricted himself to a particular genre of films. He has successfully managed drama films like ‘Waqt’, ‘Jolly LLB 2’, ‘Khiladi International’ and ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’. At one point in time, Akshay was also recognized as an effortlessly romantic heartthrob – All thanks to his stint in films like ‘Yeh Dillagi’, ‘Mohra’, ‘Dhadkan’, Dil Toh Paagal Hai’ and ‘Aitraaz’.
On the flip side, Akshay Kumar’s career didn’t take off in the first place. He had a string of 14 flop films before he emerged out as the true Bollywood star that he is today. Bollywood movies like ‘Deedar’, ‘Waqt Humara Hai’, ‘Dil Ki Baazi’, ‘Dancer’, Kaida Kanoon’, ‘Sainik’ and many more flopped one after the other before his ace card ‘Mohra’ released in 1994. During this rough patch, Akshay had even decided to fly to Canada and explore business opportunities with a friend because his Bollywood career seemed dark ahead. As of today, out of the 163 films that he has starred in 44 are clear flops, 12 ultimate disasters, 7 below-average performers and 11 average films.
The year 2019 has been the best year for Akshay Kumar with 4 super-hit releases three out of which earned over 200 crores at the Box Office. His 2019 magic run included films like Kesari (141.41 cr), Mission Mangal (202.98 cr), Housefull 4 (231.67 cr) and lastly Good Newwz (202.79 cr). The year of 2020 will have Akshay Kumar star in film like Rohit Shetty’s cop-drama ‘Sooryavanshi’ then a story trans-gender woman ‘Laxmmi Bomb’. Later in 2020 he will be seen in mythological drama ‘Prithviraj’ alongside Bollywood debutante Manushi Chillar.
Originally known as Rajiv Bhatia, an innocent boy from Amritsar worked as a chef at a restaurant in Bangkok. Little did he know that he would find his calling in the glitz and glam of the cinematic world. Akshay Kumar with wife Twinkle Khanna is parents to two beautiful children Aarav Kumar and Nitara Kumar. He is often spotted travelling with his adorable family to exotic holiday locations.
Team JBT congratulates Akshay Kumar on completing 29 years in Bollywood film industry.