Akshay Kumar, the Khiladi of Bollywood turns 51 today. Born as Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia on September 9, 1967, Akshay made his debut in 1991 with Saugandh, which however couldn’t do well in the box office. It was Abbas-Mustan’s thriller ‘Khiladi’ which made him a star. He has mostly acted in thrillers and action movies like Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1993), Elaan (1994), Mohra(1994), Sabse Bada Khiladi (1995) and Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996). He even did few romantic films such as Yeh Dillagi (1994), Dhadkan (2000) and Andaaz (2003). He did a number of films with the name Khiladi such as ‘Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi’, ‘Mr. & Mrs. Khiladi’ and even an ‘International Khiladi’.

Before becoming an actor, Akshay Kumar studied martial arts in Hong Kong and worked as a chef there. He tied the nuptial knot with Twinkle Khanna and their son Aarav was born on 15th September 2002. For his expertise in martial arts, he is often called the Bruce Lee of India.

On Akshay Kumar’s birthday today, we take a walk down the memory lane and bring you best action scenes of Bollywood’s Khiladi:

Akshay Kumar in Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi:


Akshay Kumar in Barood:


Akshay Kumar in Suhaag:

Akshay Kumar in Brothers:


Akshay Kumar in Mohra:

Akshay Kumar in Gabbar is Back:


Not only action films, Akshay established his talent in romantic and comedy movies with equal ease. In the year 2000, Hera Pheri was released which became a hit. He then became the first choice for directors in comedies such as Awara Paagal Deewana (2002), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Garam Masala(2005) and Phir Hera Pheri.