He may be not one of the Kapoors, Khans or the Bachchans but he is one of the biggest superstars in Bollywood. Being the king of action, Akshay Kumar is the one who brought a new niche of comedy-action in Bollywood. So, here are some lesser known facts about the superstar:
1. Akshay Kumar’s real name is Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia; Hari Om Bhatia is his father’s name.
He also opened Hari Om Productions after his father, who worked as a military officer.
2. He is known as the ‘Khiladi of Bollywood’
It is so because he acted in eight movies with the word ‘khiladi’ in the title – ‘Khiladi 786’, ‘Khiladi 420’, ‘Khiladi, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi’, ‘International Khiladi’, ‘Sabse Bada Khiladi’, ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’ and ‘Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi’.
3. Akshay Kumar crooned a devotional Punjabi song, ‘Nirgun Raakh Liya’, and donated all the profits to the victims of Mumbai train bombing on July 11.
4. Kumar has obtained a black belt in Taekwondo and learned Muay Thai, a form of martial arts in Bangkok.
5. Akshay Kumar started learning Karate in class eight and had intended to open a martial arts school in India.
He has now been granted a land for a school in Bhayanader by the government of Maharashtra.
6. As of 2013, he has been the Hindi film industry’s highest advance taxpayer for six consecutive years.
According to a report, he paid Rs 19 crore as advance tax payment in one year.
7. He is a teetotaler. If he endorses a liquor brand, fifty percent of the money is given to charities.
8. The actor is very particular about finishing his dinner before sunset and starts with his work at 6 AM.
9. In 2008, the University of Windsor conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Law to Kumar in recognition of his contribution to Indian cinema.
The following year he was also awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian Government.
10. His uncle got him a job at Metro Guest House and his first salary was 1000 baht, which is 1,500 in Indian rupees.
Kumar shared in an interview that he would sleep in the kitchen at night.
11. Akshay Kumar launched a production house called Grazing Goats in 2011 with the intention to support low budget films.
The production house successfully produced five films namely ‘OMG – Oh My God!’, ’72 Miles’, ‘Bhaji in Problem’, ‘Fugly’ and ‘Singh is Bling’.
12. Akshay Kumar’s starrer ‘Boss’ entered the Guinness World Records for having the largest poster.
The record was later broken by ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’.