As a new month
begins, BollyCurry brings to you another new edition of Stars: Then and Now. This
time the one who has caught BollyCurry's eye is none other than Bollywood's khiladi
Akshay Kumar. Kumar is an excellent actor and a well-known stunt man in
the fraternity. Let us give you a glimpse of his film journey, which
started at the young age of twenty-one and now spans over twenty-six
From a tender age,
Kumar was fond of dancing and martial arts. After he obtained a black belt in
Taekwondo in India,
he flew out to Bangkok, Thailand to learn Muay Thai. He
returned to Mumbai and started teaching martial arts, which lead him to a
modelling assignment. In turn, the assignment led to him being signed for his
first movie - Kumar's ticket to Bollywood.
Kumar's first film
was an uncredited appearance as a martial arts instructor in Mahesh Bhatt's Aaj (1987).
His first appearance in a lead role was in Saugandh (1991)
with actors Rakhee Gulzar and Shanti Priya. In 1991, he did two other films Dancer and Khiladi.
His role in Khiladi was considered his breakthrough role and
garnered him immense appreciation. Films such as Mr. Bond (1992),
Deedar (1992), Dil Ki Baazi (1993), Kayda
Kanoon (1993), Waqt Hamar Hai (1993) and Sainik (1993)
didn't work for Kumar and were unfortunately declared flops. His career picked
up in 1994, with films like Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Mohra, Yeh Dillagi,
Suhaag and Elaan. Out of these films, the first two
films were declared the highest grossing films of the year, and Yeh
Dillagi got him his first ever nomination for Filmfare Best Actor
Award and Star Screen Award. He was undoubtedly the most successful actor of the year.
In the years 1995 through 1999, Kumar had numerous successful films such
as Sabse Bada Khiladi (1995), Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1995),
Dil Toh Pagal Hai (1997) and Jaanwar (1999)
which earned him numerous nominations at award functions along with commercial
success at the box office.
He then went to do
films such as Hera Pheri (2000), Dhadkan (2000), Ek
Rishtaa: The Bond of Love (2001), and Ajnabee (2001), which earned him his first Filmfare Award for Best Villain. His next couple of
films didn't do well at the box office and didn't receive a green signal from
critics. Talaash: The Hunt Begins (2003) turned to be a
commercial success and was declared a hit at the box office. From 2003 to 2012,
Kumar's success graph has seen extreme highs and lows with films like Khakee (2003),
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Bewafaa (2005), Deewane Huye Paagal (2005), Dosti: Friends Forever (2005), Phir
Hera Pheri (2006), Namastey London (2007), Welcome (2007), Singh
Is Kinng (2007), Housefull (2010), Housefull 2 (2012) and OMG
- Oh My God! (2012). In the last two years, Kumar has done numerous unique and well-appreciated films like Special 26 (2013), Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobara (2013), Holiday (2013) and Baby (2015).
graph is definitely a rollercoaster ride, but a ride that many envy. He has won
many awards for numerous films and stamped himself as one of the leading actors
of Tinsel Town. His upcoming films include Gabbar is Back (2015), Brother (2015) and Airlift
(2016). We at BollyCurry wish our Khiladi all the best for his upcoming
ventures and hope he continues to steal the audience's hearts with his
Author: Nisha M.
Editors: Mohini N. and Gunia K.
Graphics: Marsh P.
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