Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia (born 9 September 1967), known professionally as Akshay Kumar is an India-born naturalised Canadian actor, producer, martial artist and television personality who works in Bollywood, the commercial Hindi language film industry based chiefly in Mumbai, India. Over 29 years, Kumar has appeared in over 100 films and has won several awards, including a National Film Award for Best Actor and two Filmfare Awards. Kumar is one of the most successful prolific actors of Hindi cinema. Having starred in 113 films, 52 of which were commercially successful, he was the first Bollywood actor whose films’ domestic net lifetime collections crossed ₹20 billion (US$280 million) by 2013, and ₹30 billion (US$420 million) by 2016.
|Kumar at the 2015 Star Guild Awards|
|Born||Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia |
9 September 1967 (age 53)
|Citizenship||India until 2011 (relinquished); Canada thereafter.|
|Alma mater||Guru Nanak Khalsa College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Matunga, Mumbai|
|Net worth||$ 350 million (2020)|
|Spouse(s)||Twinkle Khanna |
Apart from acting, Kumar has worked as a stunt actor; he has often performed many dangerous stunts in his films, which has earned him the sobriquet “Indian Jackie Chan“.In 2008, he hosted the show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi. In 2008, the University of Windsor conferred an honorary doctorate on Kumar. In 2009, he was awarded the Padma Shri the fourth-highest civil honour by the Government of India. In 2009, he founded the Hari Om Entertainment production company and Grazing Goat Pictures production company in 2012. In 2014, Kumar launched the TV reality show Dare 2 Dance. He also owns the team Khalsa Warriors in the World Kabaddi League.
In 2000, Kumar starred in the Priyadarshan-directed comedy Hera Pheri alongside Paresh Rawal and Sunil Shetty. The film which was a remake of Malayalam film Ramji Rao Speaking, became a commercial success and proved to be a turning point in Kumar’s career. Hindustan Times noted the film’s “intense portrayal of the surreality of the human condition”.
2007 proved to be Kumar’s most successful year during his career in the industry, 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 of 2012 was Housefull 2, a sequel of his earlier comedy film Housefull. Kumar’s next film was the Prabhudeva-directed action drama Rowdy Rathore in which he played a double role opposite Sonakshi Sinha. The film earned more than ₹1.3 billion (US$18 million) in India.
His first release was Airlift released on 22 January 2016 was critically and commercially successful, and second Housefull 3 was released on 3 June 2016. Namastey England, sequel to Namastey London has been announced. Rustom which was produced by Neeraj Pandey and marked his 3rd release of 2016.