1. Mission Mangal
Akshay Kumar is set to ring his 52nd birthday on 9 September 2019, Monday, in the company of his gorgeous wife Twinkle Khanna, kids Aarav and Nitara, in London. The Bollywood star’s rise and rise, the journey to superstardom is all things filmy. Born as Rajeev Bhatia in Amritsar, Akshay lived in Delhi before moving to Bangkok where he learned martial arts, worked as a chef and waited tables. 1991 film Saugandh marked his acting debut but it was Khiladi (1992) that made him the Khiladi Kumar of Bollywood he is known as today.
The years after that saw Akshay explore his action side, performing daredevil stunts and high-octane scenes. In the 2000s, he tried his hand at out and out comedy films including multi-starrers and thrillers. About five years ago, Akki, as fans fondly call Akshay, became the torchbearer of scripts driven by a social message. But to celebrate the handsome silver screen hero, his filmography doesn’t suffice. Not only has he contributed to significant changes in filmmaking but also proved that versatility, thy name be Akshay Kumar. Here are 10 films of the actor that go to show he can ace any and every role!
In the recently released film Mission Mangal, Akshay headlines an ensemble female cast including Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari and Nitya Menon. Based on India’s historic Mars Orbiter Mission, the film shattered box-office records held by other movies and those of Akki too. The Jagan Shakti-directorial features him as an ISRO scientist Rakesh Dhawan who comes with a great sense of humour. Not only was his performance widely appreciated but the movie is still raking moolah at ticket counters.
2. Pad Man
Pad Man is special for several reasons, foremost being Akshay Kumar brings forth the real-life story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, the inventor of a low-cost sanitary pad-making machine. Co-starring Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Radhika Apte, the movie shows Akshay as the caring husband who goes out of his way to give his wife a healthy and hygienic life.
3. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha
Bollywood has churned out some epic romantic stories. But never before did we see a husband stand up against the society to get his wife a toilet on the 70mm before. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is a satirical comedy which highlights the issue of open defecation that persists in rural India. The movie throws all its weight behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan. Click here to watch Toilet: Ek Prem Katha.
4. Desi Boyz
Admit it or not, Akshay Kumar and John Abraham are #BromanceGoals in Desi Boyz. The movie stars them both as BFFs Jignesh and Nikhil, respectively, who are forced to work as strippers due to financial recession. Jignesh aka Jiggy’s hilarious quirks throughout the movie make you wish you had a best friend like him!
Akshay Kumar plays the titular honourable navy officer, in Rustom, who leads a happy life with his wife, Cynthia. His world turns upside down when he finds out about his close friend, Vikram, and Cynthia’s affair. Rustom is later tried for Vikram’s murder in court. Will Rustom be able to prove his innocence? The film is loosely based on the real-life incident of Naval Officer K. M. Nanavati and businessman Prem Ahuja.
Houseful is the story of Aarush, a loser jinxed with bad luck. He falls in love with Sandy, who turns out to be his ex-girlfriend’s younger sister. As Aarush, Akshay Kumar doles out lessons on friendship, romance and sure teaches you a thing or two about luck. Watch the film here.
Dhadkan is a 2000 Hindi romantic drama film starring Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, and Shilpa Shetty. Not only did the movie cement Akshay and Shilpa’s pairing as a box-office hit jodi but also doled out #HusbandGoals, #SonGoals.
Of course, Aitraaz is one of the career hits that shaped up Priyanka Chopra’s journey in Bollywood. But Akshay Kumar’s portrayal of Raj throws light on an important fact that not just women but men can be victims of sexual harassment too. Aitraaz is now streaming in Tamil and Indonesian only on ZEE5.
10. Khiladiyon ka Khiladi
Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi was Rekha’s first film in a villain role. The movie featured Akshay Kumar fighting Akshay Kumar WWF wrestlers Brian Adams (Crush) and Brian Lee (The Undertaker). So for those of the view that he only fights reel goons, this one’s for you!
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