Akshay Kumar, often dubbed the “Khiladi” of Bollywood, has carved a niche in the Indian film industry with unparalleled versatility, dedication, and consistent box office performances. Akshay Kumar’s entry into the world of Bollywood was marked by his debut film “Saugandh” in 1991. Directed by Raj Sippy, the film showcased Kumar’s initial steps as an actor, though it still needs to achieve significant commercial success. It was his subsequent films that gradually propelled him into the limelight.
Directed by Priyadarshan, “Hera Pheri” is a comedy classic that showcased Akshay Kumar’s impeccable comedic timing and acting prowess. His portrayal of Raju, a street-smart but struggling young man, alongside co-stars Paresh Rawal and Suniel Shetty, earned him widespread acclaim. The film’s humorous dialogues, hilarious situations, and the chemistry between the lead actors contributed to its success. Despite its initial modest box office performance, “Hera Pheri” has since achieved cult status and remains a fan favourite.
In this horror-comedy directed by Priyadarshan, Akshay Kumar delivered a standout performance as Dr Aditya Shrivastav. His portrayal of a psychiatrist investigating supernatural occurrences in a haunted mansion was praised for its depth and authenticity. The film’s intriguing plot and Kumar’s ability to seamlessly shift between comedy and drama garnered critical acclaim and box office success.
Akshay Kumar’s role as Ajay Singh in Neeraj Pandey’s “Special 26” showcased his versatility as an actor. Playing the leader of a group of con artists posing as CBI officers, Kumar’s performance was lauded for its restraint and subtlety. The film’s gripping narrative and Kumar’s understated portrayal contributed to its critical acclaim and moderate box-office success.
“Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” marked Akshay Kumar’s foray into socially relevant cinema. Playing the role of Keshav, Kumar tackled the issue of sanitation and open defecation in rural India. His sincere portrayal and the film’s impactful message resonated with audiences and critics alike. The movie’s strong performance at the box office demonstrated the power of meaningful storytelling.
In “Kesari,” directed by Anurag Singh, Akshay Kumar essayed the role of Havildar Ishar Singh in a historical drama based on the Battle of Saragarhi. Kumar’s intense and commanding performance as a valiant soldier leading a small group against overwhelming odds earned him accolades. The film’s depiction of bravery and patriotism struck a chord with audiences, leading to a successful box office run.
“Good Newwz” showcased Akshay Kumar’s comic timing in a contemporary setting. Playing the role of Varun Batra, Kumar’s performance as a man grappling with the complexities of modern fertility treatments was both endearing and relatable. The film’s lighthearted humour and strong ensemble cast, including Kareena Kapoor Khan, Diljit Dosanjh, and Kiara Advani, contributed to its box-office success.
OMG 2 is an upcoming Indian Hindi satirical comedy-drama film directed by Amit Rai, set to release on 11 August 2023. The film follows Kanti Sharan Mudgal, a simple devotee of Lord Shiva, who is blamed for his son’s immoral conduct and thrown out of school. Kanti realizes his son has been a victim of misinformation and misguidance, leading him to leave town with his family. He seeks divine intervention to steer him towards truth and takes on those responsible by dragging them to court.
The Great Indian Rescue is a Hindi-language survival thriller directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, based on the 1989 Raniganj Coalfields collapse in West Bengal. The film stars Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra, Rajesh Sharma, Suniel Shetty, Ravi Kishan, Kumud Mishra, Virendra Saxena, and Pavan Malhotra. The film follows Jaswant Singh Gill, a mining engineer, and Amar Joshi, a police inspector who rescues 64 miners from the mines. The film is set to release on 5 October 2023.