Bollywood Struggle Stories: Akshay Kumar
It is said that what is to be, always finds a way. We see a few glimpses of this sentence in our lives, but then there are some people whose life stories are epic examples of it. Akshay Kumar is one of them. Rajiv Bhatia was destined to be a superstar of Bollywood!
Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia was born in Amritsar in the year 1967 in a typical Punjabi household. After completing his schooling in Delhi, he moved to Mumbai for higher studies but left his college degree midway to shift to Bangkok and learn martial arts. Due to financial crises, Rajiv took to odd jobs like being a waiter and a chef whilst learning the combat sport, Muay Thai. His efforts paid off when he returned to his homeland with a black belt in Taekwondo.
Also Read: Bollywood Struggle Stories: Kangana Ranaut
Calcutta was his first spot in India where Rajiv worked as a peon for a year. Dhaka was next where he worked as a salesman for a brief period of six months. Next up was Delhi where he worked as a jewelry trader. Finally, he took to teaching martial arts to school children in Mumbai. Rajiv was directionless in life and accepted whatever life threw at him. Little did he know that he was very close to fame!
Also Read: Self-made Bollywood Stars
It was one of his students who probed him into modeling. He got his pictures clicked and in no time, he was earning his existing monthly remuneration in just a span of two hours! Rajiv fell in love with the glamour world and that's how Akshay Kumar was born. But if Akshay thought that modeling was his calling, destiny had some other plans. A missed flight before an important advertisement shoot led Akshay to try his luck in Bollywood. He started dropping his pictures in offices of well-known producers and directors. After days of anonymity and a string of rejections, he landed his first movie, Deedar.
It was director-duo Abbas Mustan who breathed life into Akshay Kumar's career and established him with Khiladi. The audiences idolized him as the ultimate action star which motivated the actor to do as many as eight movies in the blockbuster Khiladi series! An interesting fact about Akshay is that he is claimed to be the most disciplined and fittest actor in the entire industry. Abstainence from vices, a rigorous workout regime and the habit of devoting a part of his day to his family has what made Akshay the man that he is today.
Also Read: Bollywood Struggle Stories: Shah Rukh Khan
In more than two decades of his Bollywood career, Akshay has proved his acting prowess in more than a hundred movies and has been loved in every genre. With prestigious awards like the Padma Shri and the Rajiv Gandhi Award, two successful production companies and outstanding achievements in social work, Akshay Kumar is one of the highest-paid actors in the world, a global icon and an inspiration to many!
Also Read: Bollywood Struggle Stories: Amitabh Bachchan