From humble beginnings to super stardom, Akshay Kumar has achieved what only a few could even imagine. Originally lashed in the industry for being a one-dimensional and flat voiced actor, he is now arguably the most versatile and bankable superstar in Bollywood. Drama, Action, Comedy, Romance, Thrill – Akshay Kumar has done it all! His unconventional trajectory in the industry has inspired millions and he continues to carve a niche for himself with his genre bending body of work.
On the occasion of his 48th birthday, let’s take a look back at Akki’s glorious career which has spanned over two decades of an unparalleled cinematic experience!
1.The Action ‘Khiladi’ – Labelled as the original action hero in Bollywood, Akshay Kumar stayed true to his tag and became the epitome of a quintessential action hero. So much so, he single handedly created the ‘Khiladi’ genre of films in Bollywood. Be it ‘Khiladi’, ‘International Khiladi’, ‘Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi’, ‘Sabse Bada Khiladi’ or ‘Khiladi 420’ – Akshay put the adrenaline rush and defined machoism way before it was mainstream to look rough and tough. Notoriously famous for performing his own stunts till date, Akshay Kumar is the first name which comes to our minds when we think of action heroes in the industry.
2.The ‘Dramatic’ Khiladi – Once the Action Khiladi phenomenon had died down, Akshay faced a rough patch of several duds at the box office. However, Akshay Kumar had the wisdom to stay true to his spirit and continued to hustle day in and day out. His stellar performances in ‘Sangarsh’, ‘Dhadkan’ and ‘Aitraaz’ not only gave him hits at the box-office, but his versatility was received with acclaim from critics and fans alike. The era was late 1990s and early 2000s and Akshay Kumar was eager to pursue content driven cinema. With exceptional performances in movies like ‘Ajnabee’, ‘Aankhen’ and ‘Waqt’ proving that he could walk in any shoes with aplomb and élan.
3.The ‘Comic’ Khiladi – No one could envisage an action hero wearing the cap of a comedy moghul, and boy did Akshay Kumar proved them wrong! He was successful in his comic antics in classic cult movies like ‘Hera Pheri’, ‘Garam Masala’, ‘Awara Paagal Deewana’, ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’, ‘Bhagam Bhag’, ‘Welcome’ and ‘Housefull’ franchisee. He manages to tickle the funny bones of audiences with his incredible comic sense and intrusive punches. Effortlessly pulling of funniest gags and laughs, Akshay Kumar once again proved his versatility and continued to create his own definition of success in the industry where others failed to sustain once they got stereotyped in one kind of cinema (Hint : Govinda)
4.The ‘Romantic’ Khiladi – When it comes to sizzle the silver screen with romance, Akshay Kumar is a master craftsman! He is a class apart when it comes to running around trees with beautiful women by his side. Be it ‘Namastey London’, ‘Humko Deewana Kar Gaye’, ‘Singh Is Kingg’, ‘Singh Is Bling’, ‘Jaaneman’ or ‘Hey Baby’– Akki’s romantic appeal has managed to capture the hearts of millions of people around the world. A charming romantic both on and off screen, Akshay has handled romantic cinema with maturity and finesse and has redefined love with his spell bounding choice of romantic movies.
5.The ‘Intense’ Khiladi – Whoever thinks Akshay Kumar is good only with Action and Comedy movies needs to get a reality check. A many of many emotions, he has given us nail biting cinematic experiences with movies like ‘Khakee’, ‘8*10 Tasveer’, ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara’ and ‘Special 26’. Akshay’s perfomances are still famous for giving goosebumps to audiences and there is hardly any actor who is as prolific as him. His genre bending body of work has given birth to a new genre of edge of the seat drama cinema in Bollywood.
6.The ‘Patriotic’ Khiladi – No one does patriotism better than Akshay Kumar! (Yes you read that right Mr. Manoj Kumar). Akki has brilliantly portrayed the patriotic fervor with movies like ‘Namastey London’, ‘Aan’, ‘Baby’, ‘Holiday’, ‘Gabbar is Back’, ‘Airlift’ and ‘Rustom’. His impeccable dialogue delivery combined with soul stirring screen presence has managed to bring the Indian out in all of us. With his organic passion and extraordinary acting, Akshay has successfully re-invented himself as the patriotic soldier of Indian cinema giving out a strong social message with every movie.
Drama, Action, Emotion, Comedy, Romance – give Akshay Kumar any shoes to fill and he will prove why he is still going strong after two decades in Bollywood without a calling card or a godfather. His multiple shades as an actor still makes us inquisitive even after more than 25 plus years of a celebrated career. A self made man who strives for nothing but perfection, Akshay Kumar has evolved the most both as an actor and a human without letting without letting success go to his head.
We wish Akshay a very happy birthday and hope that he continues to enthrall us with timeless cinema for years to come! You’re the real life Khiladi we’re counting on Akshay! All The Best!
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