Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia (born 9 September 1967), known professionally as Akshay Kumar, is an actor, producer, martial artist and television personality who works in Bollywood films. In a career spanning over 29 years, Kumar has appeared in over 100 films and has won several awards, including the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in Rustom (2016), and two Filmfare Awards for Ajnabee (2001) and Garam Masala (2005).
Kumar is one of the most successful Bollywood actors of all time, 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. Having done so, he has established himself as one of the prominent actors of Hindi cinema. When he began his acting career in the 1990s, he primarily starred in action films. Later, Kumar also gained fame for his drama, romantic and comic roles.
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 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. As of 2019, Kumar was on the Forbes list of the highest-paid entertainers in the world, and he was the highest-paid in India.
In 2008, the University of Windsor conferred an honorary Doctorate on Kumar in recognition of his contribution to Indian cinema. In 2009, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India. In 2011, The Asian Awards honored Kumar for his outstanding achievement in cinema.
Early life and background
Kumar was born in Amritsar, Punjab, India, to Hari Om Bhatia and Aruna Bhatia in a Punjabi family. His father was an army officer. From a young age, Kumar was very interested in sports. His father too enjoyed wrestling. He lived and grew up in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk and later he moved to Bombay (present-day Mumbai) when his father left Army to become an accountant with UNICEF. Soon, his sister was born and the family lived in Koliwada, a Punjabi dominated area of Central Bombay. He received his school education from Don Bosco School, simultaneously learning Karate. He enrolled in Guru Nanak Khalsa College for higher education, but dropped out as he was not much interested in studies. He requested his father that he wanted to learn martial arts further, and his father somehow saved money to send him to Thailand. Kumar went to Bangkok to learn martial arts and lived in Thailand for five years learning Thai Boxing. Kumar also has a sister, Alka Bhatia. When Kumar was a teenager, his father asked him what he aspired to be. Kumar expressed his desire to become an actor.
After having obtained a black belt in Taekwondo while in India, he studied martial arts in Bangkok, Thailand, where he learned Muay Thai and worked as a chef and waiter. After Thailand, Kumar went to work in Calcutta (present-day Kolkata) in a travel agency, in Dhaka in a hotel and Delhi where he sold Kundan jewelry. Upon his return to Bombay, he commenced the teaching of martial arts.
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During this time, the father of one of his students, himself a model co-ordinator, recommended Kumar into modeling which ultimately led to a modeling assignment for a furniture showroom. Kumar effectively made more money within the first two days of shooting than in his entire month’s salary and therefore chose a modeling career path. He worked as an assistant for photographer Jayesh Sheth for 18 months without payment to shoot his first portfolio. He also worked as a background dancer in various films. One morning, he missed his flight for an ad-shoot in Bangalore. Disappointed with himself, he visited a film studio along with his portfolio. That evening, Kumar was signed for a lead role by producer Pramod Chakravarthy for the movie Deedar.
Akshay Kumar Biography Wiki Wife Family Age Net Worth
|Akshay Kumar Biography &
|Real Name||Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia|
|Nickname||Akki, Raju, Mac and Khiladi Kumar|
|Profession||Actor and Producer|
|Age (2020)||52 Years|
|Date of Birth||9 September 1967|
|Birthplace||Amritsar, Punjab, India|
|Star Sign/ Zodiac Sign||Virgo|
|Hometown||He used to live in Chandni Chowk, Delhi but he is now settled in Mumbai|
|Debut||Film Debut: Saugandh (1991)|
|Height, Weight & Body Measurements|
|Height in Centimeters||180 cm|
|Height in meters||1.80 m|
|Height in Inches||5’ 11”|
|Weight in Kilograms||80 kg|
|Weight in Pounds||176 lbs|
|Body Measurements||42-34-16 Inches|
|Chest Size||42 Inches|
|Waist Size||34 Inches|
|Biceps Size||16 Inches|
|Shoe Size||10 (US)|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Family and Relatives|
|Father||Late Hari Om Bhatia|
|Affairs, Girlfriends and Marital Status|
|Girlfriends||Pooja Batra (Actress)
Raveena Tandon (Actress)
Shilpa Shetty (Actress)
Twinkle Khanna (Actress)
|Wife/ Spouse||Twinkle Khanna (Actress, 2001-present)|
|Education and School, College|
|Educational Qualification||Not Available|
|School||Don Bosco High School, Mirik, Darjeeling|
|College/ University||Guru Nanak Khalsa College (King’s Circle)
|Favorites Things and Like & Dislike|
|Favorite Actor||Ranveer Singh and Kamal Hassan|
|Favorite Food||Thai green chicken curry, miso soup, sushi, sashimi, chocolate fudge|
|Favorite Movie||Life is Beautiful|
|Hobbies||Collecting posters of old Bollywood movies, cooking, martial arts, playing volleyball and cricket|
|Net Worth||$150 million|
|Salary||25 Crores/film (INR)|
Personal life and off-screen work
After being engaged twice to actress Twinkle Khanna, the daughter of actors Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia, Kumar married her on 17 January 2001. Together they have a son and a daughter. He is known as a protective father and keeps his children away from the media. He stated that he wants to “give them a normal childhood.” In 2009, while performing at a show for Levis at Lakme Fashion Week, Kumar asked Twinkle to unbutton his jeans. This incident sparked a controversy which led to a police case being filed against them.
Kumar stays in shape with a combination of kickboxing, basketball, swimming and Parkour as well as working out. While in standard eighth he had started practising Karate. He intended to open a martial arts school and the state government of Maharashtra allotted land for the school in Bhayandar. In 2004, he was honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi Award for his outstanding achievements in Bollywood. In the same year, he presented the television series Seven Deadly Arts with Akshay Kumar for free.
Kumar with his wife Twinkle Khanna at the launch of Mrs Funnybones in 2015
The following year Kumar was awarded the highest Japanese honour of “Katana” and a sixth degree black belt in Kuyukai Gōjū-ryū karate. Akshay has close ties to Canada, where he received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Windsor, and has taken Canadian citizenship; while he claims dual citizenship, he is likely an Overseas Citizen of India based on the fact that the Constitution of India prohibits dual citizenship. He was one of the 15 international celebrities invited for the Olympics torch-bearer rally to Canada. He became responsible to endorse the Canadian Tourism by sharing the duty of Brand Ambassador until the summer of 2012. In March 2013, he started a 30-bed cancer shelter for policemen in Naigaon.
Kumar was initially a religious, practicing Shaiva Hindu who regularly visited shrines and temples across the country, including the famed Vaishno Devi Mandir, but in March 2020 he stated, “I don’t believe in any religion. I only believe in being Indian”. He is a teetotaller but has endorsed for a liquor brand in the past. Half of the sum was given for daan (charity work), of which he has been doing more of in recent times. He has also donated ₹5 million (US$70,000) to Salman Khan’s Being Human Foundation. As of 2013, Kumar has been the Hindi film industry’s highest advance taxpayer for six consecutive years. He paid ₹190 million (US$2.7 million) as advance tax payment in that year.
On 9 August 2014, Kumar performed at his 500th live show. The show was held in O2 Arena in London as part of the inaugural function of the World Kabaddi League. His first live show was held in 1991 in Delhi. Kumar owns a team in the Kabbadi League. He helped Khanna with editing the drafts of her debut book Mrs Funnybones. Kumar also had donated a sum of ₹9 million to drought-hit farmers in Maharashtra in 2015. He has also donated ₹5 million to aid drought-affected people through the Maharashtra government’s Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan.
On 9 April 2017, Kumar and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh promoted a mobile phone app, Bharat Ke Veer, which allows users to donate money to families of people who sacrificed their lives for India. Again on 20 January 2018, he participated in the launch of an Anthem for the initiative. In an event in Delhi he appealed for people to donate to the Bharat Ke Veer cause, and ₹12.93 crores was collected.
In December 2019, Kumar revealed that he has applied for an Indian passport and plans to give up his Canadian citizenship. He stated, “I have now applied for the passport. I am an Indian and it hurts me that I am asked to prove that every time. My wife, my children are Indian. I pay my taxes here and my life is here.” Further revealing his reason for earlier changing his nationality as a Canadian, he said,” There was a time when I had 14 flops in a row and I was wondering what to do. One of my closest friends who stays in Canada told me come here and we will work together’. I started the process to get a Canadian passport because I felt my career was finished and I won’t get more work here. But my 15th film worked and I never looked back. I never thought of changing my passport.
Akshay Kumar Interesting Facts
- Akshay Kumar was born in Amritsar, Punjab, India to Hari Om Bhatia, Died and Aruna Bhatia.
- He has a sister name is Alka Bhatia.
- He did his school at Don Bosco High School and then admitted to Guru Nanak Khalsa College (Kings’s Circle), Mumbai but he drop-out due to focusing on his acting career.
- Akshay Kumar started his acting career with Film ‘Saugandh’ (1991) and His produced debut film ‘Joker’ (2012).
- He earned several awards like, Filmfare Awards, National Film Awards, Government of India Awards & Other Awards for Best Actor Category.]
- Akshay married to Bollywood Actress, Twinkle Khanna in 2001 and they have a son name is Aarav Kumar and a daughter’s name is Nitara Kumar.
- He is big fan of Amitabh Bachchan, Jackie Chan, Sridevi and Kareena Kapoor.
- Akshay considered as the highest-paid Bollywood Actor, with an estimated net worth of Rs. 980 crore and his salary per film Rs. 25 crores per movie.
- He was very interested in acting & marital arts since his childhood and he began training when he studied in class 8.
- He moved Mumbai to Bangkok where he worked as a waiter in a restaurant named ‘Metro Guest House’ where his initial salary was Rs. 1,500 rupee. He returned mumbai and worked as a peon for a travel organization in Kolkata.
- Akshay was first choice for the film ‘Phool Aur Kaante’ due to his demand it passed to the actor Ajay Devgan.
- He married to actress Twinkle Khanna, daughter of Popular Bollywood Actor Rajesh Khannaand Dimple Kapadia, married on January 17, 2001.
- Apart from acting, Akshay Kumar hosts several TV shows like, Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi Season 1, 2, 4, MasterChef India Season 1 and Dare 2 Dance etc.
- His double role notable films like, Jai Kishan, Aflatoon, Rowdy Rathore, Khiladi 420, Chandni Chowk To China etc.
- Akshay Kumar sung a Punjabi Devotional Song ‘Nirgun Rakha Liya’, which profit he donated to the victims of the train bombings o Mumbai.
- In 2008, He was listed on People Magazine as among “The Sexiest Man Alive’.
- Akshay also noted for his films concerning social awareness, the films ‘Padman’ and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ both are huge commercial successful films in Bollywood Box Office.
- People also loved his police officer role and his acting career he acted more than 15 films as police officer.
- Akshay is fitness freak and does several activities like, Swimming, Basketball, Kickboxing and working out for stay in shape & glamour.