From being an actor who would only star in action movies, to doing movies like 'Oh my god', 'Special 26' and 'Rustom' and now 'Padman'; Akshay Kumar has come a long way in his career. A martial arts expert who is proud of his fighting skills, Akshay Kumar started off as an action hero who performed his own stunts in the movies he starred. This is where he got coined as 'Mr. Khiladi' of the industry also the 'Casanova' image that was being painted of him worked well with this new name.
He created a niche for himself during the time SRK was ruling the industry with his blockbuster romance movies while Salman and Amir were dangling between comedy and romance. It was in the year 2000 that we saw a romantic hero in him in the movie 'Dhadkan' and an impeccable comic timing in 'Hera Pheri'. This is when a new horizon opened for him. However both these movies happened after Twinkle Khanna agreed to marry him. Obviously Akshay gives all the credits for his amazing transformation to his wife, he calls he his lady luck. But it was in the year 2012 that we started seeing a new side of him, with more challenging movies, the kinds that leave the audience thinking even after it has ended, like 'OMG' and 'Special 26'.
This was the year when his daughter Nitara was born, again we have to thank Mrs. Funnybones for this, but do not expect to hear him say a typical story of how his wife has influenced his decision making, he says, "She refused to have a second child with me, if I did not start doing more sensible kind of movies that everyone is looking forward to from me now."
Now you know why Akshay Kumar has changed his image and why? It also explains the Khiladi movies will never make a comeback.