Akshay Kumar (born Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia; 9 September 1967), is an Indian-born Canadian actor, producer, martial artist and television personality. In a career spanning more than twenty-five years, Kumar has appeared in over a hundred Hindi films and has won several awards including the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in Rustom and two Filmfare Awards.
Box Office India has listed Kumar as one of the most successful actors in the history of Indian cinema. In February 2013, many media outlets reported that the net box-office collection of Kumar’s films had crossed Rs 2000 crore (₹20 billion (US$310 million) and he was the first and the only Bollywood actor to do so. In August 2016, Kumar has become the first actor whose movies have crossed the Rs 3000 crore (₹30 billion (US$470 million)) in their lifetime collection. Having done so, he has established himself as a leading contemporary actor of Hindi cinema.
When he began his acting career in the 1990s, he primarily starred in action films and was known for his appearances in films of the Khiladi series as well as other action films such as Mohra (1994), Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994), Sapoot (1996) and Angaaray (1998). Later, Kumar also gained fame for his drama, romantic and comic roles. He earned critical acclaim for his portrayal of a hysterical professor in Sangharsh (1999) and a criminal in Jaanwar (1999). His performances in romantic films like Dhadkan (2000), Andaaz (2003) and Namastey London (2007); drama films like Waqt (2005) and Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007); comedy films like Hera Pheri (2000), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Garam Masala (2005), Bhagam Bhag (2006) and Singh Is Kinng (2008) were all well received. In 2007, he starred in four consecutive commercially successful films.
Apart from acting, Kumar has also worked as a stunt actor; he has often performed many dangerous stunts in his films, which has earned him the sobriquet “Indian Jackie Chan”. In 2008, he hosted the show Fear Factor — Khatron Ke Khiladi. The next year, he founded the Hari Om Entertainment production company. In 2012, he founded another production company called Grazing Goat Pictures. In 2014, Kumar launched TV realty show Dare 2 Dance. He also owns the team Khalsa Warriors in the World Kabaddi League. In 2015, Kumar was ranked 9th in Forbes’ first global list of highest-paid actors in the world. In 2008, the University of Windsor conferred an Honorary Doctorate on Kumar in recognition of his contribution to Indian cinema. The following year he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India. In 2011, The Asian Awards honoured Kumar for his outstanding achievement in Cinema.