Lesser-known Akshay Kumar facts
Akshay Kumar spent a lot of time trying to change his early ‘00s Khiladi image
Born as Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia in Amritsar, Akshay Kumar told a magazine that he found it difficult to reinvent himself after the Khiladi era. “It was a huge struggle to change my image. Very few people trusted that I could do more. But I didn’t want to do what I was doing any more because I was so bored – of getting up in the morning, going for shoots and being told: Do a flying kick, OK now a roundhouse kick. It became very monotonous. The first 10 years of my career, I wasn’t acting at all; I was running a martial arts school on screen. I caught a lucky break with Priyadarshan’s Hera Pheri, and then things began to change.”
Akshay Kumar’s favourite are horror movies
In an interview with GQ magazine, he also revealed that he’s a big fan of horror movies. “English, Japanese, anything that can scare the shit out of us [him and Twinkle],” he told us. His fascination with the horror is probably why Laxmii was among his best performances of the year.
Akshay Kumar in Laxmii
Akshay Kumar’s first car wasn’t a Merc or a Porsche, but…
A Fiat. The same TOI report claims that Akshay Kumar’s first car was a Fiat. He also owned a Zen, which had a ‘Baby on Board’ sticker, after his son was born.
Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna are fans of card games: Rummy, Monopoly Deal
Long before the Monopoly Deal rage swept up our house party game plans, Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna were playing the card game. Prior to this, they enjoyed playing Rummy together almost every night, he told GQ in an interview.
Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna
Working out has always been about having fun for Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar has been equated with #FitnessGoals on the ‘gram for years now but akshay wants to have fun, and not push himself too hard. “I train to have fun. I don’t work out to smash reps. I like to compete during my sessions, and mix it up – repetition is for the braindead. I couldn’t train on the same machines day in, day out. I like to climb stairs, shadow box, ensure my kung fu kicks are up to scratch, jump off boxes and rock climb,” he told GQ in 2018.
Akshay Kumar made Rs 5,500 from his first-ever modelling assignment
Per a TOI report, Akshay Kumar pocketed Rs 5,500 for his first modelling assignment. It was a shoot for a furniture showroom.