The Bollywood’s Khiladi Akshay Kumar is at the peak of his career. He had a dream run at the box office last year as all the three releases; Airlift (2016), Housefull 3 (2016) and Rustom (2016) were blockbusters collecting more than INR 100 Crore in the domestic market. He also won the Best Actor award for Rustom in the recently announced 64th National Awards.
The last year certainly was a landmark year in his career. The last time, when he delivered back-to-back hits in a year, was 2007 with films like Namastey London, Heyy Babyy, Bhool Bhulaiyaa and Welcome. In a career spanning over 25 years with more than 110 films, the actor is now among the list of most bankable stars of the industry who has proved his acting mettle in various genres. While the actor is getting ready for his upcoming releases like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and 2.0, we take a look at five of his best performances apart from Rustom that every Akshay fans should see.
The film was a crime thriller directed by Tanuja Chandra where he plays the lead along with Preity Zinta, and Ashutosh Rana. He plays the character of Aman Varma who is serving his jail sentence. Akshay received critical acclaim for the role and the evergreen song Mujhe Raat Din can still be found in the personal playlists of many.
The film was Akshay’s second outing with directors Abbas-Mustan who gave the actor his first major breakthrough film Khiladi (1992). His character Vikram Bajaj earned him his first Filmfare Award as Best Villain.
The film is an action drama directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. This one was a multi-starrer film. He was seen alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn and Aishwarya Rai. He played the character of Inspector Shekhar with such ease that he was nominated for Filmfare Best Supporting Actor.
The film was a comedy directed by Priyadarshan which was the remake of his own Malayalam film Boeing Boeing. His character Makrand aka Mac was a such delight to watch and he was heavily praised for his comic timing. He also won the second Filmfare Award for Best Comedian.
The film was based on 1990 airlift of Indians from Kuwait, which is the largest civilian evacuation in history till date. His character of Ranjit Katyal was also based on the real-life person, Mathunny Mathews who is one of the main people credited for the safe airlift evacuation. His performance in the film is considered as one of the finest in his career.
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– Nitin G Thomas