BOLLYWOOD: He is 50 but Akshay Kumar continues to defy age with his looks, physique, stunts and spirit. While he said his passion gets him going, industry experts said the fact he keeps reinventing himself with right stories has helped his success story.
The National Award-winning actor, who will soon be seen judging a comedy show ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’, started his career in 1991 with ‘Saugandh’. But it was ‘Khiladi’ in 1992 which eventually gave him the epithet as Bollywood’s ‘Khiladi’.
After establishing himself as a master of action roles, he moved into romantic and comedy zomes with films like ‘Hera Pheri’, ‘Dhadkan’, ‘Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love’, ‘Welcome’, ‘Singh Is Kinng’ and ‘Housefull’. His movies ‘OMG: Oh My God’, ‘Special 26’, ‘Holiday’, ‘Airlift’, ‘Rustom’, ‘Jolly LLB 2’ and the latest ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ have only added to his list of fans.
In 26 years of his bumpy ride as an actor, Akshay has come a long way. But he says he still has the enthusiasm of a youngster whenever he takes up a new project. “Honestly, in my head, I made my debut two weeks ago. You play the song and I will start dancing on ‘Waada raha sanam’ (song from ‘Khiladi’). I have never lost interest and passion.”
“When I say it, I mean it that age is just a number, because it has not affected anything. In my mind space, I am still the same guy,” said Akshay, who grew up in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk area and is proficient in martial arts. Akshay has films like ‘Padman’, ‘2.0’ and ‘Gold’ in his kitty – each different from the other.