One of the fittest and hottest actors in Bollywood, Akshay Kumar has time and again professed his unwavering love for fitness. Even before the beginning of his movie career, he has been training himself in one vigorous work out or the other just to keep himself fit and fine. That is perhaps the reason why he still looks so young and energetic. Kumar can undoubtedly give younger crop of actors a run for their money when it comes to performing high octane action sequences on their own. But do you know where the actor summons up all his energy from? And why he is so damn good at action? Our Khiladi Kumar is a sixth degree black belt in Karate. He has showed his moves in a number of films. The ‘Jolly LLB 2’ star always urges people to take up training in any form of martial arts to protect and defend themselves.
Born on 9 September 1967 in Amritsar, India, Akshay has always been a fitness freak. He keeps his body fit through running, boxing and martial arts, not through heavy weightlifting. It is because of his fit body and shape he has seen such a long inning in films. Otherwise many of his contemporaries, who started their career with him, have hanged up their boots and are sitting at home.
After obtaining a black belt in Taekwondo in India, the actor did not feel contented and took martial arts training in Bangkok. He learnt Muay Thai, a combat sport of Thailand. When he returned back to India and started working in Mumbai, people noticed him and he was offered several modeling assignments. He took up modeling and followed it up with acting. When he started his acting career in the 1990s, he primarily did action films and was known for his ‘Khiladi series’. His other notable action films include ‘Waqt Hamara Hai’ (1993), ‘Mohra’ (1994), ‘Elaan’ (1994), ‘Suhaag’ (1994), ‘Sapoot’ (1996) and ‘Jaanwar’ (1999), to name a few. Later, the actor veered towards romantic and comic roles and delivered successful films such as ‘Dhadkan’ (2000), ‘Andaaz’ (2003) ‘Namastey London’ (2007), ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’ (2007), ‘Singh Is Kinng’ (2008) ‘Housefull 2’ (2012), ‘Rowdy Rathore’ (2012) ‘Special 26’ (2012), ‘Holiday’ (2014), ‘Gabbar Is Back’ (2015), ‘Airlift’ (2016), ‘Housefull 3’ (2016), ‘Rustom’ (2016) and the most recent ‘Jolly LLB 2’. He will next be seen in ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ and ‘Padman’ scheduled to release this year. . .
TRIVIA: Before he became a superstar, Akshay made an appearance as martial arts instructor in Mahesh Bhatt’s film ‘Aaj’ in the year 1987.