The superstar Akshay Kumar marks his presence in Indian cinema with his 30 years of acting. The actor worked in some of the blockbuster films, Indian cinema has ever seen. Beginning with the job from a waiter to martial arts teacher to a model to a renowned actor, Akshay has definitely seen everything in his life. After passing through the harshest days of his life, he shined in the industry without any godfather. On this big occasion, let’s celebrate it with 30 unknown facts about Akshay Kumar and his life that will leave you surprised:
Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia, didn’t you recognise him? The real name of the legendary Akshay Kumar. He changed his name because in his debut movie “Aaj”, the lead actor Kumar Gaurav played the role of a character named ‘Akshay’. Akshay used to only observe Gaurav’s acting but one day, he went to the court and changed his name. He also named his production house “Hari Om Productions” after his father, who worked in the Indian army.
The actor received a Black Belt in Taekwondo. The actor liked martial arts since childhood and began learning the same when he studied in 8th grade. He even took lessons in the Martial Arts industry in Bangkok before joining the Indian film industry. He learnt Taekwondo in India and moved to Thailand to learn Muay Thai. Upon his return from Thailand, he started teaching martial arts in Mumbai by starting a class. One of his students asked the actor to model for a shoot and this paved a way for him to enter Bollywood.
Beginning of his career
Initially, Akshay worked as a waiter and chef in Bangkok. After returning from there, he entered Bollywood. Akshay also hosted a documentary named “Seven Deadly Arts with Akshay Kumar” for the National Geographic channel. For a long time, he worked at a restaurant in Bangkok, and also described that phase as one of the ‘toughest’ phases of his life. The actor often waited to receive a tip by the end of his service but customers often left him disappointed. Often, Thai girls used to give him a peck on the cheek.
When it comes to his daily life, Akshay Kumar is very disciplined in life as he wakes up at 5 AM. Around 6 AM, he begins his work. Akshay follows the simple rule of going early to bed and rising early. Even after a packed schedule, the actor manages to wake up before sunrise and sleeps by 9 PM every single day. He consumes his dinner before sunset and never consumes anything after 7 PM.
Akshay Kumar, popularly known as Bollywood’s Khiladi Kumar for a reason. He did a total of eight films with Khiladi in the title. The movies are:
- Main Khiladi Tu Anari
- Sabse Bada Khiladi
- Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi
- International Khiladi
- Mr and Mrs Khiladi
- Khiladi 420
- Khiladi 786
Akshay Kumar emerges as the true action hero of Bollywood when it comes to performing stunts. He performs almost all the stunts by himself. Akshay’s films are often loaded with stunts, such as Khiladi 420, Sooryavanshi, Singh is Bliing, etc.
Entry into Bollywood
The student who suggested the career of modeling, also helped him in bagging a modeling assignment in a small company. He used to earn Rs 5,000 for a few hours to pose in front of the camera. Later, he built his portfolio and started making the rounds at various film studios. Luckily, he met the producer Pramod Chakraborty in a studio where signed the hero for the film “Deedar”. The film released in 1992 and opened up huge avenues for Kumar.
Number of movies
Akshay becomes very hard working when it comes to making films. He tries to complete his films in around 2-3 months. This allows him to act in 3-4 films a year. The fact that still remains unknown for many is that he signed 11 films of his career in 1994 alone. Till now, the actor has featured in more than 150 movies.
The actor faced a tough phase in his life when his 16 consecutive films flopped at the box office. The flop films include Mr and Mrs Khiladi, International Khiladi, Lahu Ke Do Rang and many more. But he never gave up and received “Hera Pheri” which became the biggest hit of that time.
Before making a debut in Bollywood as a lead actor in Saugandh (1991), Mahesh Bhatt casted him in a blink-and-miss role of a martial arts instructor in “Aaj”. After making his debut, he started receiving a lot of projects.
Akshay Kumar doesn’t believe in doing make up for his movies. He doesn’t prefer any makeover to look young in his movies. He prioritizes natural beauty over other aspects.
Akshay Kumar spends around less than Rs 10000 monthly for his personal expenses. He believes in spending when most needed.
Alcohol and Smoking
Akshay Kumar doesn’t believe in consuming alcohol & smoking. The 54-year-old actor doesn’t even promote any tobacco or smoking advertisements. He says that his sons watch television and such ads create a bad impression on them. Akshay recently signed a “Vimal Elaichi” ad but his fans strongly opposed the same. He then apologised to his fans for sponsoring a tobacco brand.
In Akshay Kumar’s Gym, he exercises without any equipment. Akshay strongly opposes picking body weights for fitness. Instead, he believes in swinging and climbing trees instead of lifting body weights. The actor actively practices sports like shadow-boxing, kick-boxing, and basketball. He also practices yoga everyday. Akshay usually engages in an hour of swimming and practicing martial arts. He concludes his workout with an hour of meditation for his mental health.
Generosity of the actor
Akshay still remains generous at heart. All the profits earned from the Punjabi devotional song ‘Nirgun Raakh Liya’ contributed to the donations towards victims of the train bombings in Mumbai.
The 1992 film “Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander”, auditioned him for a role but later faced rejection from the same.
Honorary Doctorate of Law
For Akshay’s contribution to Bollywood, in 2008, the University of Windsor conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Law on him.
Anupam Kher show
When the actor featured on Anupam Kher’s talk show on TV, he shared his ‘Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai Moment’. The actor shared “While working in Bangkok, I had three posters plastered in my room. One of Sylvester Stallone in Rocky, one of Jackie Chan and the other of Sridevi. And today by God’s grace I’ve worked with all three of them!”
Akshay emotionally attached himself with many ‘firsts’ in his life. He still owns his first house, his first motorcycle and his first car.
Chandni Chowk to China
His film “Chandni Chowk to China,” became the first film ever receiving an allowance by the Chinese Government to shoot a fight on the Great Wall of China.
Sexiest Man Alive
People, an Indian magazine named Akshay Kumar as the “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2008.
Awards and Nominations
Though nominated for more than 10 times at the Filmfare awards, he bagged the award just twice. He won for Best actor in a comic and negative role for “Garam Masala” and “Ajnabee” respectively. The actor was also honoured with Padma Shri and many other awards.
Singh is Bliing
In his movie “Singh is Bliing” he actually fought a lion in a scene. The scene doesn’t involve any VFX, but a real lion. This proves his strength and power.
The evergreen couple, Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna prefer going for a quiet dinner every Saturday. They often visit a seafood restaurant called Gajali where the bill never comes to more than Rs 600.
Love for Food
Apart from Thai cuisine, Kumar also loves Japanese cuisine. His favourite meal consists of dishes like miso soup, sushi and sashimi, salad, and fresh orange juice. For desserts, he prefers chocolate fudge cake and all the Indian sweets. He never follows any strict diet.
Akshay shared in an interview that he indulged often in stealing watches in Chandni Chowk just to try something adventurous in life.
Akshay Kumar’s movie “Boss” made a world record and entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest poster after beating the film ‘This Is It’ that starred Michael Jackson.
Looted by Dacoits
Akshay Kumar, once got looted by the goons of Chambal. While travelling from Kolkata to Dhaka, dacoits robbed the bogey, in which he travelled.
Chandni Chowk flat
Akshay Kumar still visits his one bedroom flat situated in Chandni Chowk without anyone’s knowledge. He revealed that he hides his face and wears a cap due to which he is able to go unrecognized in the lanes.
Akshay Kumar missed a flight to Bengaluru, where he visited for a modeling assignment. Feeling demotivated, he visited the Nataraj Studio when Pramod Chakravorty spotted him and offered him three films. He received a cheque of Rs. 5000 for his first film, Rs. 50,000 for the second one, and the third cheque for Rs 1.5 Lakh.