Akshay Kumar is a popular Indian Bollywood actor whose original name is Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia, and even though he is an Indian, he holds Canadian nationality. Over twenty-five years of his career, Akshay has done over hundred Hindi movies.
He has been a consistent performer at the box office and loves to work in different genres of movies. The ‘Khiladi’ series made him popular among Indian movie fans. Akshay is the recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri title from Indian Government. Let’s find out how much is Akshay Kumar’s net worth in 2018.
Akshay Kumar Early Life
Akshay Kumar was born on 9th September 1967 in Amritsar, Punjab, India and his father was a military officer while his mother was a housekeeper. Delhi and Mumbai are where he spent his childhood. After completing his schooling from Don Bosco School, he went for higher education in Guru Nanak Khalsa College. But he dropped out after the first year to learn martial arts in Bangkok.
From his childhood, he aspired to be an actor though he was passionate about martial arts. While he was learning martial arts in Bangkok, he started to work as a chef. After returning to Mumbai, he started teaching martial arts and got into modelling world through one of his students. Later he worked as an assistant to a photographer and as a background dancer.
One day after missing a flight for an ad-shoot, he visited film studio with his portfolio and fortunately, he got cast as a lead actor in the movie ‘Deedar’. He is married to actress Twinkle Khanna, and they have a boy and a girl. He loves to do charity and follows a strict routine every day so that he can give quality time to his family.
Akshay Kumar Career
Akshay’s initial movies were not successful, and he received poor reviews for his roles. The breakthrough came with the suspense thriller movie ‘Khiladi’ in 1992. The following year was back to the square one, and none of his movies did close to good. In 1994, the turnaround happened once again with Khiladi series movie ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’. Then onwards, his career graph began to ascend quickly.
Akshay likes to do all the movie stunts himself, and he is a professional stuntman thanks to his martial arts training. During the shooting of the movie ‘Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi’ in 1995, he got injured doing a stunt and went to the US for treatment. The rest of the decade went flat for him. In 2000, he won the critics with his role in the movie “Hera Pheri”.
From 2000 onwards, he has given series of super hit movies like ‘Ajnabee’, ‘Andaaz’, ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’, ‘Singh Is King’ and likewise in that decade. From 2010, he literally became the ultimate superstar along with the Khans as most of his movies were commercially successful. Some of them are ‘Special 26’, ‘Baby’, ‘Housefull 2’, ‘OMG- Oh My God’, ‘Airlift’, ‘Rustom’, ‘Toilet’. He is the brand ambassador of various national and international companies.
Awards & Achievements
Akshay is the recipient of Padma Shri Award by the Indian Government. He has bagged two Filmfare Awards. Along with those, he has also received National Film Award for Best Actor for the movie Rustom. The University Of Windsor conferred him the prestigious Honorary Doctorate Of Law. He is also the recipient of the Asian Awards and Rajiv Gandhi Award for his outstanding contribution in Cinema. Akshay also received the highest Japanese honour of “Katana” along with sixth-degree black belt in Kuyukai Karate.
Net Worth Of Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar has an estimated net worth of more than $240 million (INR 1500 Crore). Apart from being a superhit actor, he is a producer. He also hosts several high-profile TV reality shows occasionally which add to his wealth. He has endorsed various cold drink companies like Pepsi and Thumbs Up, electronics companies like LG, Micromax and various other miscellaneous companies like Relaxo, Dollar Club, Manappuram, and Honda Motorcycles.
Akshay Kumar is the highest advance taxpayers from Bollywood industry. He always contributes to poor people in Maharastra such as he denoted 90 lacs for farmers who land was hit by drought and 50 lacs for aiding the people in drought-hit areas. He denoted half of the amount he earned from liquor brand endorsement for charity works. He is rightly called Indian Jackie Chan for performing all the dangerous stunts in his movies.