Akshay Kumar, the original Khiladi of Bollywood, is or rather was, quite the player! Before he met and fell in love with Twinkle Khanna, the man was a very different person. From being a very adorably notorious child to being one of the most good looking hunks in Bollywood, Akshay Kumar has done and been through a lot in life. Check out these unknown facts about the Khiladi of Bollywood here!
1. The real name
Did you know Akshay Kumar’s birth name was not really the name he goes by now? When he was born, he was named Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia and only changed his name when he entered the Bollywood industry. In fact, people close to him still call him Raju and not Akshay!
2. Won a Filmfare Award only TWICE
While all the other actors around him won more than one award for the best actor, Akshay Kumar has only won the Filmfare Award for the Best Actor twice in his career. The first time was for his brilliant performance as the Best Actor in a Negative Role in Ajnabee and the second time was for his amazing performance as the Best Actor in a Comic Role in Garam Masala.
3. The name Khiladi was NOT an accident
While Akshay Kumar’s competition were called King Khan and Badshah, the name Khiladi did not come to this particular dude by accident. It was only after he worked in eight films (Khiladi. Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Sabse Bada Khiladi, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi, International Khiladi, Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi, Khiladi 420 and Khiladi 786) with the name in the title did it stick to him and become his pseudonym of sorts!
4. Stole watches for fun
While a lot of people have pet peeves, not many are open about their trysts with the law. Akshay Kumar, on the other hand, is someone who just does not care. The man has admitted to stealing watches from shopping malls when he was younger just to get the kick out of stealing things and getting away with the crime! Sticky fingers much?
5. Not an Indian citizen
Just when you thought Akshay Kumar’s life could not get more interesting, it did. The Khiladi of Bollywood got himself a Canadian citizenship. However, with the Indian law being the way it is, he could not hold more than one citizenship at a time. Breaking the hearts of his Indian fans with one swift blow, he let go of the citizenship of the country he was born in and is now a full time citizen of Canada.
6. Played the same named character 8 times
If you think names like Raj and Vijay were only associated with characters played by Amitabh Bachchan or Shah Rukh Khan, think again! Did you know Akshay Kumar has played characters with the name Vijay 8 times and the name Raj 7 times on the silver screen? Who would have thought, right?
7. He played the role of a cop 13 times
Although Akshay Kumar has been typecast as the ultimate lover boy on screen, his real talent as an actor lies in the characters he played as a cop! Just like his on screen dad Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar has played this particular character over ten times in films like Kayda Kanoon, Mohra, Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Paandav, Sabse Bada Khiladi, Tu Chor Main Sipahi, Insaaf, Daava, Tarazu, Angaaray, Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahi, Khakee, Police Force: An Inside Story and Aan: Men at Work.
Akshay Kumar is quite the character and more than certainly stands apart from the other contemporaries of Bollywood. If you think we missed out on any facts about Akshay Kumar, comment and let us know!
Kareena Kapoor Khan To Unveil T20 World Cup Trophies
According to the latest reports, actress Kareena Kapoor Khan will, in Melbourne, unveil the trophies for the 2020 T20 World Cup for both men and women. The 7th ICC T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place from October 18th to November 15th, 2020. Hosted by Australia, the tournament will see 16 countries participating in 45 matches to win the T20 World Cup.
Kareena Kapoor Khan, whose late father in law was the legendary Indian cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, is excited about the opportunity. Speaking about the ceremony, Kareena Kapoor Khan said, “I am honoured to be a part of this prestigious evening. I would like to encourage all these women out there who are playing for their respective countries to pursue their dreams. It’s truly empowering to see them stand tall on an international platform.”
On the workfront, Kareena Kapoor Khan will next be seen in the comedy Good Newwz. Directed by Raj Mehta, the film is produced by Karan Johar under his banner Dharma Productions. The movie, which deals with two couples’ quest with in vitro fertilisation, stars Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani in lead roles. Good Newwz is slated to hit theaters on December 27th, 2019.
Kareena Kapoor Khan will become the first Indian actress to unveil the T20 World Cup trophies.
Akshay Kumar Donates To Flood Stricken Families In Bihar
Actor Akshay Kumar extended a helping hand to 25 families affected by the floods in Bihar. The actor announced to donate Rs. 1 crore, which will be used to rehabilitate 25 flood stricken families in Bihar.
Each of the 25 families affected by the floods would be awarded Rs. 4 lakh from the Rs. 1 crore fund. The families would be given the cheques on the auspicious occasion of Chhath Puja.
Akshay Kumar said, “A natural calamity reminds us we are nothing in front of it. But there’s one more thing, which is what bit can we do. We should do whatever we can. I am very happy that I got the opportunity to do whatever little I could. It couldn’t get bigger than being able to help those people, who have lost everything, start all over again.”
On the workfront, Akshay Kumar’s latest release, Housefull 4, is doing well among the audience. Directed by Farhad Samji, Housefull 4 is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under his banner Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and Fox Star Studios. The movie stars Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Pooja Hegde and Kriti Kharbanda in lead roles.
Housefull 4 – Day 1 Box Office Collection
Housefull 4, Akshay Kumar’s latest release, was well received by the audience despite having tough competition with Saand Ki Aankh and Made In China. Housefull 4, which revolves around the theme of reincarnation, managed to bag Rs. 19.08 crores on its opening day itself.
The movie managed to stay at the top at the box office and is expected to perform well during the Diwali weekend. Despite the film doing well among the audience, it was not well received by the critics.
Box Office India stated, “The film did slow in the evening due to pre-Diwali but still is the second highest opening ever for a comedy film and the highest opening for the Housefull franchise despite pre-Diwali.”
Housefull 4, which is the fourth installment in the Housefull series, is directed by Farhad Samji. Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under his banner Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Housefull 4 is said to be the most expensive Indian comedy film. The film saw franchise regulars Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh make a comeback. Along with Akshay and Ritesh, the film also stars Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Pooja Hegde and Kriti Kharbanda in lead roles.
Bollywood Stars Celebrate 150 Years Of Mahatma Gandhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined hands with Bollywood stars to release a video celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The video follows the theme of “Change Within.”
The video is directed by renowned director Rajkumar Hirani and brings together 8 Bollywood celebrities to share the important teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. In the video, every actor recites a quote by Mahatma Gandhi about peace, truth and non violence, among others. The video features Aamir Khan, Alia Bhatt, Salman Khan, Kangana Ranaut, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Shah Rukh Khan, Vicky Kaushal and Ranbir Kapoor.
Rajkumar Hirani took to Twitter to write about the video and said, “Deeply honoured to have played a small part in showcasing Mahatma Gandhiji’s greatness. Celebrating and saluting 150 years of the Mahatma #ChangeWithin.”
— Rajkumar Hirani (@RajkumarHirani) October 19, 2019
— Chulbul Pandey (@BeingSalmanKhan) October 19, 2019
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) October 19, 2019
Prime Minister also shared his thoughts on Twitter and said, “Spreading the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi through cinema, ensuring more youngsters are well-acquainted with the ideals of Gandhi Ji… We exchanged thoughts on a wide range of subjects. Our film and entertainment industry is diverse and vibrant. Its impact internationally is also immense. Our films, music and dance have become very good ways of connecting people as well as societies.”
Spreading the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi through cinema, ensuring more youngsters are well-acquainted with the ideals of Gandhi Ji.
Today’s interaction with leading film personalities and cultural icons was fruitful.
We exchanged thoughts on a wide range of subjects. pic.twitter.com/2xKTEZrVAJ
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 19, 2019
Prior to the release of the video, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited many Bollywood celebrities to his residence. The meeting focussed on how TV shows and films have helped popularise Mahatma Gandhi and Gandhism.
Deepika Padukone Becomes Ambassador For Bharat Ki Laxmi Initiative
Actress Deepika Padukone, along with Indian badminton player P.V. Sindhu, became the face of the Bharat Ki Laxmi initiative.
The actress shared a video on her social media platform with the caption reading, “Societies grow when women are empowered and their accomplishments are given a place of pride! I support PM @narendramodi ji #BharatKiLaxmi movement. It celebrates extraordinary achievements of extraordinary women of India. This Diwali, let’s celebrate womanhood.” The video features Deepika alongside P.V. Sindhu, where the duo discuss more about the initiative.
— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) October 22, 2019
Deepika has been working hard on tackling mental illnesses through her organisation, The Live Love Laugh Foundation. Recently, she also launched the Closet initiative, where the actress auctions clothes from her personal collection. The entire proceeds from the auction go to her foundation.
On the workfront, the actress will be next seen in Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak and Kabir Khan’s ’83. While Chhapaak is based on the real life story of Laxmi Agarwal, an acid attack survivor, in ’83, Padukone plays the role of Kapil Dev’s wife, Romi Dev. Chhapaak will be released on January 10th, 2020, while ’83 is scheduled to hit theaters on April 10th, 2020.
Bharat Ki Laxmi is a new initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which aims to honour Indian women who worked for the betterment of society and had extraordinary achievements.
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