10 things you didn’t know about Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar, a household name in both India and Pakistan. Everyone knows he is a Bollywood actor and that he is a Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi. However, do we really know everything about him?

Here is a list of things you probably didn’t know about Akshay Kumar.

1 – Akshay Kumar is not his real name

Akshay Kumar is not the real name of our beloved actor. His real name is Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia. Akshay Kumar was initially his stage name that stuck to him and became his real name for the world.

But then again, who cares what his real name is right?

2 – Akshay is a Canadian Citizen 

It might come as a surprise to you but, Akshay is not an Indian national. He is an Indian-born Canadian. As India does not allow dual-nationality like Pakistan does for certain countries, he lost his Indian citizenship upon accepting Canadian passport.

He was briefly detained in UK’s Heathrow Airport for flying to the country without visa, but the confusion was cleared soon because he traveled on Canadian passport. Canadians are allowed to visit UK without visa for 90 days.

3 – A Real-life Martial Arts Professional

In case you were wondering, Akshay’s perfect leg-split in his movies is not a camera trick. He is a legit martial arts professional. Akshay has a black belt in Taekwondo and he learned Muay Thai in Bangkok.

4 – He worked as a Chef

Before entering into Bollywood, Akshay worked as a waiter and as a chef at a hotel in Bangkok. He went to Bangkok to learn martial arts but he also took up this job on the side.

5 – The failure of Mela movie led Twinkle Khanna to Marry Akshay

Akshay had a love at first sight when he saw his future wife Twinkle Khanna during a photo session for Filmfare awards. The bond between the two grew stronger after appearing opposite to each other in movie International Khiladi.

Reprotedly, Twinkle Khanna told Akshay that she would marry him if her then upcoming movie Mela failed on the box office. Luckily for Akshay, it did and they got married in 2001. Twinkle Khanna considers Akshay as her Trophy Husband.

6 – Akshay has two children 

Akshay has two children, a boy named Aarav and a girl named Nitara. He is very protective of his children and do not let any media person near his children.

7 –  How old is he?

Although our favourite Khiladi stays in shape by doing Kickboxing and Karate, Akshay is 49-year old as of writing this article.

8 – Akshay’s Horoscope 

Okay so he is 49 years old, but what about this date of birth? What is his star? Akshay’s date of birth is 9 September 1967 which makes him a Virgo.

9 – Akshay has never won a Filmfare award for Best Actor

Yes! it is unbelievable indeed. Although Akshay has been nominated 4 times for the best actor award category in Filmfare, but has not not actually won the award. We can only wish he wins it soon.

 10 – Akshay has a PhD Degree

Well honorary degree, but Akshay Kumar does have a doctorate degree which was awarded to him by the University of Windsor in Canada in recognition of his contribution to Indian cinema.


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