As Akshay Kumar turns 53 on September 9, 2020, we take a look at the actor’s journey with a collection of his pictures from the ’90s. How many have you seen before?
Akshay Kumar, aka Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia, started his career in the world of showbiz in 1987 with Mahesh Bhatt’s directorial venture Aaj. Though Khiladi Kumar was given a small role in the film, his skills were recognised by all, and he bagged the role as the lead for Raj Sippy’s Saugandh in 1991. In picture: Akshay Kumar and Shilpa Shetty in a movie still.
Later, Akshay Kumar made his breakthrough with the Khiladi series from 1992, which went on till 2012. Ever since then, there was no turning back for Akshay Kumar! In picture: Akshay Kumar shakes a leg with the Tip Tip Barsa Paani actress, Raveena Tandon.
Before entering the film industry, the Delhi boy – Akshay Kumar – went to Bangkok to learn martial arts and improve his fighting skills. The actor also used to pay for his lessons by waiting tables at restaurants. This was not enough to make it big in Bollywood; he also taught martial arts, which later on made him the stunt-man of Bollywood. His hard work paid off when he performed his own stunts in his movies! In picture: Akshay Kumar and Raveena Tandon in a movie still.
In 1994, Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan and Kajol-starrer Yeh Dillagi made him the new lover-boy of B-town. It went on to become the sixth highest-grossing film in 1994. The duo was also nominated as the best actor and best actress by Filmfare Awards. In picture: Akshay Kumar and Kajol share a lip-lock in the movie, Yeh Dillagi.
Another on-screen hit jodi of the ’90s, Akshay Kumar and Madhoo gave three back to back films in 1994, and the duo’s chemistry worked well on the silver screen. Loved by the audience, Elaan, Hum Hai Bemisaal, and Zaalim made a special mark in the history of Bollywood. In picture: Akshay Kumar and Madhoo in a movie still.