Born as Rajiv Bhatia, Akshay Kumar is Bollywood's real action hero. After working as a waiter in Bangkok, where he trained in martial arts, Akshay's rise in Bollywood as a hero has been meteoric.
With films such as Khiladi, Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi, he established his success as a screen talent who performed his own stunts and action scenes.
Since 2000, Akshay has also worked in a number of comedies and is now recognised as an actor with great comic timing.
In 2007, Akshay achieved the rare feat of delivering 4 back to back hit films and was rumoured to be Bollywood's highest paid actor.
Recently, however, Akki's films haven't been doing too well. The Farah Khan directed 'Tees Maar Khan' (2010), Nikhil Advani's 'Patiala House' (2011) and 'Thank You' (2011) have all flopped. But he's back as the host of reality TV show 'Khatron Ke Khiladi'.
Akshay's personal life has been quite colourful as he's been linked to Raveena Tandon, Ayesha Jhulka, Shilpa Shetty, Priyanka Chopra and even Rekha. He is married to Twinkle Khanna and has one son, Aaraav.