Birthday special: Some lesser known facts about Akshay Kumar

One of Bollywood's most celebrated actor Akshay Kumar turned a year older today. On Akshay's 53rd birthday, we bring you some facts you may not know about the actor's life.

Black Belt in Taekwondo

Akshay Kumar is a Black Belt in Taekwondo. The actor learned Muay Thai (martial arts) while working as a chef and waiter in Bangkok. Akshay was interested in martial arts since childhood and began training in class VIII.

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Most disciplined actor

Akshay Kumar is one of the most disciplined actors in the film fraternity. Despite having such a packed schedule, the actor  wakes up at 5 and have his last meal before sunset. He hates to stay awake at night and hence late night parties as well

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Perform his own stunts

A trained martial artist, Akshay Kumar most of the time chooses to perform his own stunts and refuses any body double. In movie 'Khiladi 420', a stunt on top of an aeroplane, in which the face of the performer was not going to be seen and could have easily been performed by a double. Even then the actor insisted on performing it himself. 

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Khiladi Kumar

Why Akshay Kumar is known as 'Khiladi Kumar' of Bollywood. Akshay's first big break came in the form of the movie Khiladi, the first of a series of movies to capitalise on the Khiladi title. The actor starred in seven films with 'Khiladi' in the title - 'Khiladi', 'Main Khiladi Tu Anari', 'Sabse Bada Khiladi', 'Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi', 'International Khiladi', 'Mr and Mrs Khiladi' and 'Khiladi 420'

 

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Worldwide recognition

In 2008, the University of Windsor conferred an honorary Doctorate of Law on Akshay Kumar in recognition of his contribution to Indian cinema.

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Worked as a model

Upon his return to Bombay, Akshay Kumar commenced the teaching of martial arts. During this time, the father of one of his students, recommended Kumar into modelling. 

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