mohit uppalwrote on Jun 21 2010 3:19AM
Akshay Kumar was born on on 9 September 1967 in Amritsar, Punjab to a Punjabi family. Kumar was raised in Delhi's Chandni Chowk neighbourhood before moving to Mumbai. In Mumbai, he lived in Koliwada, which was another Punjabi dominated area.He studied at Don Bosco School and then Khalsa College, where he participated in sports with Janpal Singh.
He studied martial arts in Bangkok and worked as a chef. He then came back to Mumbai, where he started teaching martial arts. One of his students happened to be a photographer and recommended him to do modelling. The student gave him a modelling assignment for a small company. For his two hours posing in front of the camera, he got Rs. 5,000, compared to his previous salary of Rs. 4,000 in one month. That was one of the main reasons why he chose to be a model. After a couple of months of modelling, Kumar was finally offered a lead role by producer Pramod Chakravarthy for the movie Deedar.
Kumar made his Bollywood acting debut with the 1991 film Saugandh, which was unnoticed. His first major success was the 1992 thriller film Khiladi. 1994 proved to be a good year for Kumar as he followed up his success with Khiladi with the action films Main Khiladi Tu Anari and Mohra which were among the highest grossing films of the year. Later that year, Yash Chopra signed him for the romantic film Yeh Dillagi which was also a success. He received appreciation for his performance in this film, where he played a romantic role which was different compared to his action roles. During the same year, Kumar also had success with films like Suhaag and the low budget action film Elaan. All these achievements, promoted Kumar as one of the most successful actors of that year.
In 1995, he starred in the third film in his Khiladi series Sabse Bada Khiladi, which was a hit. He proved to have success with the Khiladi series, as in the next year he starred in the fourth successful film with Khiladi in the title, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi.The film became one of the highest grossing films of the year.
In 1997, Kumar was seen in a supporting role in Yash Chopra's hit film Dil To Pagal Hai.In the same year, he attempted a comedy role with the fifth film in the Khiladi series, Mr and Mrs Khiladi. Unlike his previous films with Khiladi in the title, the film failed commercially. In 1999, Kumar received critical acclaim for his roles in the films Sangharsh and Jaanwar.In 2000 he starred in the comedy Hera Pheri which was both a critical and commercial success, He also starred in the romantic film Dhadkan later that same year which also earned reasonable takings at the box office. In 2001, Kumar played a negative role in the film Ajnabee.Kumar also had critical appreciation for his role as a blind man in Aankhen which was a box office success of that year.
Following the success of Hera Pheri, Kumar starred in a number of comedy films, including Awara Paagal Deewana , Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and Garam Masala.
Apart from his action, comedy and romantic roles, Kumar displayed a flair for dramatic roles in films such as Ek Rishtaa, Aankhen , Bewafaa and Waqt: The Race Against Time.
In 2006 he starred in a sequel to Hera Pheri titled Phir Hera Pheri, the sequel became a huge success at the box office. Later that year he starred alongside Salman Khan in the romantic musical 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. He ended the year with the comedy Bhagam Bhag, which was a success.
2007 proved to be Kumar's most successful year during his career 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, Namastey London, was critically and commercially successful. His next two releases, Heyy Babyy and Bhool Bhulaiyaa, were box office successes as well. Kumar's last release of the year, Welcome, receiving a blockbuster status and simultaneously becoming his fifth successive hit.
Kumar's first film of 2008, Tashan. Although much anticipated by the public, the film was a critical and commercial failure. His second film, Singh Is Kinng was a huge success at the box office and broke the first-week worldwide record of Om Shanti Om, His next film was the animated film Jumbo.
In 2009, Kumar featured opposite Deepika Padukone in Chandni Chowk to China. the film was a critical and commercial failure at the box office. Kumar's next release was 8 x 10 Tasveer.the film was a critical and commercial failure. His next release Kambakkht Ishq was declared as an above average success. Kumar's film Blue collected about Rs. 42 crores at the box-office and was declared as average. His last release of 2009 was Priyadarshan's De Dana Dan, which was declared as an above average success.
He then appeared in the 2010 comedy House Full.the film went on to become a box office success.