Akshay Kumar is an Indian actor, TV host, and producer who is known as
the Khiladi of Bollywood because he has been part of over eight movies
with the word Khiladi in it. Before entering Bollywood, the actor was an
aspiring martial artist, and was in Bangkok to study the art form.
While there, he pursued cooking for a living. From being a cook in
Bangkok to becoming a famous Bollywood star, Akshay Kumar is a role
model for those who dream big. He made his mark in the industry on sheer
talent and hardwork, despite his good looks and pleasant personality.
He first came into the limelight with the movie Khiladi and went on to become a top Bollywood actor with Yeh Dillagi.
Kumar has also appeared on television and has hosted reality adventure series Fear Factor - Khatron Ke Khiladi, and also launched a dance reality show called Dare 2 Dance. In the year 2008, the actor started his own production company called Hari Om Productions. Under this banner, Akshay Kumar co-produced several movies, in which he appeared too, such as Singh Is Kinng, Action Replayy, and Tees Maar Khan to name a few. In 2011, Kumar co-founded another film and TV production house, Grazing Goat Pictures, and its first project was OMG - Oh My God!, which he co-starred in with actor Paresh Rawal.
He is best remembered for his roles in Namastey London, Hera Pheri, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, and Airlift among many others. From drama and action to comedy, Akshay Kumar is one actor who's done it all.
He has been honored with the Rajiv Gandhi Award in 2004 for his great contributions to Bollywood, and has also been awarded with the Padma Shri in 2009, the fourth highest civilian award in India, for his contribution in Indian cinema. The University of Windsor recognized his contribution to Indian cinema by presenting to him an Honorary Doctorate of Law.
Born as Rajeev Bhatia on 9th September, 1967 to Hari Om Bhatia and Aruna Bhatia, in Amritsar, Akshay Kumar grew up in Old Delhi's Chandi Chowk area. He later moved to Mumbai where he completed his schooling from Don Bosco School, after which he joined Guru Nanak Khalsa College for his higher education. However, he dropped out after his first year and traveled to Bangkok to learn martial arts. Before traveling to Bangkok, Kumar has already received a black belt in Taekwondo. In Bangkok, he learnt Muay Thai, a form on martial arts, while working as a chef and waiter. After returning to Mumbai, Akshay Kumar began teaching martial arts.
The actor has had a series of alleged affairs and link-ups before he tied the know with Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia's elder daughter Twinkle Khanna in 2001. Much before getting married, Akshay was apparently dating the then well-known model Pooja Batra. The two were in a relationship before Akshay entered the industry. Soon after Kumar started working in Bollywood, his relationship with Pooja fizzled off.
Upon starting his career in Bollywood, he allegedly started dating his Khiladi co-star Ayesha Jhulka. It was his affair with the 90's bombshell Raveena Tandon that grabbed the limelight. The two actors dated for three years before Tandon broke up with him over his flirtatious habits. The actress also reportedly said in an exclusive interview that the two were secretly engaged, but she had found out that Kumar was, in fact, cheating on her with two other women.
However, after he split with Raveena, he started dating Shilpa Shetty. The two created magic on-screen and their romance bloomed off-screen too. But after dating Kumar for a year, Shetty called off her relationship with him when she found out that he was cheating on her with her best friend, Twinkle Khanna. The Khiladi then finally tied the knot with Twinkle Khanna and the two