Don’t Angry Me!
Akshay Kumar effortlessly cemented his position as an action star at the beginning of his career. Sadly, back then, he was labelled as a stuntman-with-nothing-else-to-offer by popular magazines and media houses. However, the second half of his career was all about comic roles and then came the next and the most rewarding innings of life – where he reinvented himself as an actor. Today, Akshay Kumar has become an ideal choice for roles that require depth, poise and sheer dedication. From signing movies that highlight major social causes like female hygiene to treating his fans with the much-needed dose of comedy through films like Jolly LLB 2, he is doing precisely what needs to be done. And, movies like Pad Man and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha mark the arrival of not just good movies but an intelligent audience as well.
So, this year, on his birthday, here I (a fan!) have scouted a list of some of the best movies of Khiladi Kumar.
Pad Man (2018)
Pad Man is the perfect example of how an actor can single-handedly run an entire movie on his shoulders. His role as Lakshmikant Chauhan was as effortless as it could be. Also, the direction and other intricacies made this Bollywood movie one of the highest grossing films of the year.
From hating India to saving Indians stuck in Kuwait during the Invasion by Saddam Hussein’s soldiers, Akshay Kumar essayed the role of Ranjit Katiyal with so much ease that we couldn’t help but fall in love with him.
Baby was a treat to the eyes. Secret agent Ajay Singh was swift, sharp and unflinching to say the least. Akshay Kumar delivered a knock out performance while acting as a cog around which the entire story revolves.
Namastey London (2007)
Namastey London was simply a class apart. No one ever imagined that Akshay Kumar can pull off a role so contrasting to his personality with such brilliance.
Trust me, to play a male victim of sexual harassment in the corporate culture is no easy task. The subject was sensational and portrayed a marvellous concoction of a drama, thriller and erotica. Both the lead actresses did a splendid job along with Akshay Kumar.
Hera Pheri (2000)
Raju is etched in our hearts forever. Hera Pheri was a surprise package for the audience and a typical Priyadarshan film – one which leaves you teary-eyed while laughing – and Akshay Kumar took the brilliance to several notches up.
We all knew him as a dishoom-dishoom guy until Dharmesh Darshan’s Dhadkan. Akshay Kumar essayed the role of Ram with such poise that the audience fell more in love with him. Directors and producers finally got a dose of his skills and knew that he is a lot more than punches and jibes.
His eyes did the talking in Sangharsh and to be honest, we totally loved it as an audience. It is so rare to see Akshay Kumar in a role where he is not doing the usual jing-bang. If you have not seen Sangharsh, don’t call yourself an Akshay Kumar fan!
Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996)
A typical Akshay Kumar flick, Khiladiyion Ka Khiladi was a massive hit. Watching Rekha in a villainous role for the first time, the audience couldn’t help but appreciate her screen presence and chemistry with Kumar. The greatest thing about this movie is that it is one of those rare Bollywood movies where a younger man was romancing an older woman.
Happy Birthday, Akshay Kumar! You Were, and Will Always Be the Khiladi of Our Hearts!
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