A Story That Will Touch You: How Akshay Kumar Got his First Break

A Story That Will Touch You: How Akshay Kumar Got his First Break

It all began with a missed flight!
A Story That Will Touch You: How Akshay Kumar Got his First Break

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Here is a small blast from the past. Nobody knows this but Akshay Kumar became a film hero quite by accident. Akshay had started modelling after he returned to Mumbai from Bangkok. So, how did he become a hero from being a model? Well, here’s what happened. This when Akshay was still a struggling model in Mumbai, he had to take a 6 am flight for a modelling assignment in Bangalore and by mistake, he thought that it was a 6 pm flight. When he reached Mumbai airport, he realised the gaffe. When Akshay called the advertising agency to apologise, they fired the hell out of him.

They slammed down the phone on his face saying that he would never get work in Mumbai because he was so unprofessional.An upset Akshay was walking past Nataraj Studios, carrying his portfolio pictures in his hand, when, on the spur of the moment, he went inside the studio. There he spotted a make-up man. He saw a disturbed Akshay clutching on to a bunch of portfolio photos.

The make-up man took pity on him and asked him to submit the snaps.He immediately took them inside and showed them to filmmaker Pramod Chakraborty. What happened next was no less than a dream. Pramod asked him to meet him again and subsequently signed him for his next film, Deedar (1992, also starring Anupam Kher and Karisma Kapoor).The director then gave him a cheque for INR 5,000. Akshay admits that if he hadn't missed his flight, he wouldn't have been standing in front of Pramod Chakraborty that day.

Everybody knows that Akshay's first film was Saugandh (1991, also starring Raakhee and Shantipriya) but it was the Bengali filmmaker Pramod who gave him an entry into Bollywood.Akshay says that he remains indebted to him for that to this day as Deedar was first Bollywood he signed.

What an inspiring story, isn’t it? The bottomline: don’t worry if you miss a flight!