Published On: Sat, Sep 3rd, 2016

KHILADI of the box office

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Akshay Kumar’s Profile:
Was a martial arts teacher. One of his students suggested he model and he was soon offered films after his success as a model.
Has a son with wife Twinkle Khanna named Araav born 15th September 2002. Became an uncle when sister-in-law Rinke Khanna gave birth to a baby girl on 19 October 2004.
Won Best Villain award for Ajnabee (2001) as it was his first ever award since his career started in 1991.
He is the son-in-law of India and Hindi Film Industry’s first ever Superstar, Rajesh Khanna and actress, Dimple Kapadia, as well as the brother-in-law of actress Rinke Khanna.
Was working as a chef in a restaurant in Bangkok before entering films.
Studied martial arts in Bangkok before becoming an actor.
Formed a popular team with Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal.
He is good friends with fellow actor & superstar, Salman Khan. They have done two films together, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004) and Jaan-E-Mann: Let’s Fall in Love… Again (2006).
Has formed a popular on-screen pairing with Katrina Kaif after super hits such asWelcome (2007), Namastey London (2007) and Singh Is Kinng (2008) together.
Started production company named ‘Grazing Goats Production’ to promote ‘different’ Hindi movies and support Regional cinema.
Has a daughter, born on September 25, 2012, named Nitara Rajesh Khanna in honor of his father-in-law Rajesh Khanna who passed away in 2012.
A major WWE wrestling fan. Met WWE Superstar Kane at his residence in India in 2010.
Son of producer Aruna Bhatia.
Niece’s name is Simar (Kapoor) Bhatia. Had her name legally changed by her mother to Bhatia.
Often mistaken as Master Rajiv Bhatia who debuted in Sanjay Khan’s Abdullah (1980).
Auditioned for Deepak Tijori‘s role in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992) and was rejected.
Decided to keep his name Akshay in Bollywood after he had done a 15 second role in the film Aaj (1987).
While training in Bangkok for martial arts he worked has a waiter in hotel to support himself, in those days he admired Sridevi.
Akshay Kumar brother in law is Surendra Hiranandani . This is sister Alka’s second marriage.
Director Pramod Chakravarthy gave him his first break in Saugandh (1991).
Starred in Vikram Bhatt’s Mulaqaat. Starring Himself, Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukherjee, Chandrachur Singh. The film was shelved after a few days of shooting.
Was engaged to actor Praveen Kumar daughter Nipunika Sobti in the year 1997.
Starred in Rajkumar Santoshi’s shelved film “Saamna”. Co starring Ajay Devgan, Nana Patekar, Ritesh Deshmukh, Urmila Matondkar, Mahima Chaudhry. Produced by Keshu . It was based on the fake god men of India with Nana Patekar playing a evil swami. This was in 2006.
Starred in Rituparno Gosh’s shelved film “Rahgeer”. Co starring Vidya Balan. The film was to be a remake of Dev Anand’s Guide. The problem was Dev Anand did not grant the producers the legal rights to remake the film.
Starred in Keshu Ramsay’s shelved film “Khiladi vs. Khiladi” directed by Umesh Mehra. The film was shelved after announcement. This was in 2001.
Starred in Ashish Balram Nagpal’s shelved film “Jigarbaaz”. Co starring Jackie Shroff, Manisha Koirala, Mamta Kulkarni, Bindu, Amrish Puri. Directed by Robin Mukherjee. This was in the year 1997.
Went for a world tour concert with Salman Khan in June 1995. They visited cities in Canada, America and England .
Went for a world tour concert with Rishi Kapoor, Shahrukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Raveena Tandon, Juhi Chawla. This was in September 1994. They visited cities in Canada, America, England.
Starred in the shelved movie, Creative Combines “Sitaron Se Aage” (Do Rang) (1993). Starring Akshay Kumar, Manisha Koirala, Sheeba, Farheen, Laxmikant Berde, Aruna Irani, Paresh Rawal, Music by Lamikant-Pyarelal, Directed by Poltoo Sen. 11 Reels.
Starred in the shelved film Mateshwari Films “Kunti Putra” (1995). Starring Akshay Kumar, Sonali Bendre, Farida Jalal, Music by Rajesh Roshan, Produced by Sanjay Bali, Lokesh Bali,K.C. Khanna, Directed by Guddu Dhanoa.
Starred in the shelved film Adhunica Movie Tone’s “Abhimaan” (1996). Starring Akshay Kumar, Madhoo, Ronit Roy, Ektaa, Laxmikant Berde, Anupam Kher, Music by Bappi Lahiri, Directed by Shiv Kumar, Reels: 8.
Starred in the shelved movie, Shiv Sai Movies “Huqum”(1995). Starring Jeetendra, Jaya Pradha,Ronit Roy (Replaced Akshay Kumar), Harish, Somy Ali, Reymon Singh, Raman Trikha, Rupali, Mukesh Rishi, Govinda (Special Appearance) Music by Bappi Lahiri, Directed by Kader Kashmiri. Reels: 8.
Starred in the shelved movie Prince & Prince International’s “Prince” (1995). Starring Akshay Kumar, Monica Bedi (Replaced Manisha Koirala), Suresh Oberoi, Alok Nath, Mohan Joshi, Paresh Rawal. Music by Anand Milind, Directed by Sameer Malkan. Reels: 2.
Starred in the shelved movie “Parinaam” (1993) opposite Divya Bharti. The film was shelved due to her death.
Akshay Kumar was gone for some action training and he lost 20 kilograms for his roll in his upcoming new comedy movie HouseFull 3. Starred in the shelved movie “Rudra” (1994). Starring Akshay Kumar , Shilpa Shetty.
After Mohra, Rajiv Rai had signed Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty for “Kaurav”. He decided to shelve the film.
Starred in the shelved film “Dil Ka Haal Sune Dilwala” (1993) Starring Akshay Kumar, Chandni.
Was engaged to model Dimple Verma in 1991.
Starred in the shelved film “Dil Ka Saudagar” (1993). Directed by Sunil Agnihotri.
Starred in the shelved film “Mere Apne “(1994). Starring Akshay Kumar (Replaced Kamal Sadanah). Pooja Bhatt (Replaced Zeba Bhaktiar). Directed by Mahesh Bhatt.
Starred in the shelved film “Sipahee” (1993) directed by Ram Shetty.
Starred in the shelved film ” Kashmakash”(1994). Starring Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Deepti Bhatnagar. Not to be confused with the other shelved Sunil Shetty film “Kashmakash” directed by Priyadarshan.
Prakash Mehra had a script with him for many years. He started a film in the 1980′ s as the much hyped ” Kaayar” with Amitabh Bachchan, Anita Raaj and Raj Babbar. The film was shelved because it was too similar to Manoj Kumar’s Sanyasi. Prakash Mehra then restarted Kaayar with a different subject with Jeetendra and Puru Raaj Kumar (Replaced Akshay Kumar), Karisma Kapoor, Deepak Tijori . Again he had to shelve the film because the second half of the film was the exact same as the Rishi Kapoor, Nana Patekar film Hum Dono. Prakash Mehra then decided to make a new film. He chose the subject of Bal Brahmachari and decided to launch Puru Raj Kumar in a solo hero film.
Went for a world tour concert with Sunil Shetty in July 2001. They visited cities in Canada, America and England.
In 1992, producer Ram Dayal had signed him for a film to be directed by Ravi Tandon. Akshay walked out of the film when it became a two hero project .
Was signed for the film Khilona. The original cast was Akshay Kumar, Rahul Roy Tisca Chopra. Due to date issues Rahul Roy had to drop out of the project. Ayub Khan replaced him. Next to leave the film was Akshay Kumar. Aditya Pancholi came in his place.Then Tisca was replaced with Monica Bedi. Mahesh Bhatt also opted out after directing the introduction.
Starred in the shelved film Rohitasha Movies “Chura Lenge Ankhon Se Kajal” (1992) Starring Akshay Kumar, Karishma Kapoor. Music by Bappi Lahiri, Produced by Suresh Grover, Directed by Vijay Anand.
Courtesy: IMDB & NEWS FLICKS

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