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Akshaye Khanna
Also known as:Akshaye, Akshay Khanna
Occupation:Actor • Voice Cast
Born:March 28, 1975
Birthplace:Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Akshaye Khanna is an Indian actor who primarily works in the Hindi film industry. He has been the recipient of several Filmfare Award several times in his career and is mostly known for critically and commercially acclaimed films like Border, Taal, Dil Chahta Hai, Humraaz, Hungama and Gandhi, My Father. His 2017 release includes director Ravi Udyawar`s thriller film Mom starring Sridevi in the lead role and Abhay Chopra`s Ittefaq which stars Sonakshi Sinha and Sidharth Malhotra.

Early Life
Born on 28th March 1975 in Mumbai, Maharashtra to veteran actor, Vinod Khanna, and former model, Geetanjali Khanna, Akshaye Khanna has one real brother, Rahul Khanna, and two step-siblings, Shakshi Khanna and Shraddha Khanna. He did his schooling from Bombay International School and later from Lovedale School in Ooty. Akshaye graduated from H.R. College in Mumbai and did a course in acting from Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute, Mumbai.

Movie Career
Akshaye Khanna made his acting debut with Vinod Khanna`s film Himalay Putra in 1997. The movie bombed at the box office and failed to garner any positive reviews. In the same year, he starred in the war drama film Border. Directed by J.P. Dutta, the film also starred Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Jackie Shroff, Tabu, and Pooja Bhatt. Border was one of the highest grossers of Bollywood in the `90s. Akshaye Khanna went on to win the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for the film.

He then starred in a series of unsuccessful films like Mohabbat, Aa Ab Laut Chalen, Laawaris, and Dahek. In 1999, Akshaye appeared in Subhash Ghai`s hit film Taal. A musical romantic drama, Taal also starred Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anil Kapoor in pivotal roles. The year 2001 marked the release of the cult film Dil Chahta hai, starring Akshaye Khanna, Aamir Khan and Saif Ali Khan in the lead roles. Directed by Farhan Akhtar, this coming of age film received unprecedented success and Akshaye got his second Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for essaying the role of Sid Sinha, an artist. In 2002, Akshaye did a negative role for the first time in Abbas-Mustan`s murder mystery Humraaz, co-starring Ameesha Patel and Bobby Deol.

He ventured into the comedy genre with hit films like Hulchul and Hungama before starring in a series of flop movies including Shaadi Se Pehle (2006), Aap Ki Khatir (2006) Salaam-E-Ishq: A Tribute to Love (2007), Naqaab (2007), and Mere Baap Pehle Aap (2008). In 2007, he starred in the critically acclaimed film Gandhi, My Father, which is amongst his most notable roles. Next year, in 2008, Akshaye played the antagonist again, in Abbas-Mustan`s thriller film Race. Based on a sibling rivalry, the movie, along with Akshaye, starred an ensemble cast including Saif Ali Khan, Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu, Sameera Reddy and Anil Kapoor. Race was a super hit at the box office and Akshaye was well appreciated for portraying a negative role with such finesse.

He then appeared in films like Aakrosh, Tees Maar Khan, and Delhi Safari. After that, he took a five year long sabbatical and returned to the silver screen in 2016 with the action-adventure film Dishoom, co-starring Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, and John Abraham in the lead roles. In 2017, he worked in Mom, under the direction of Ravi Udyawar, starring him in a pivotal role opposite Sridevi as the lead and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a special appearance. His 2019 project includes Section 375. His 2020 release includes Sab Kushal Mangal. His other notable works include State of Siege: Temple Attack (2021), Hungama 2 (2021), Love You Hamesha (2022) and Drishyam 2 (2022).
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Did You Know? (11)

  • Akshaye Khanna was initially offered Akash in Dil Chahta Hai. After rejections, Farhan Akhtar asked Akshaye to play Sid.
  • Shiney Ahuja was almost cast to play the role of Sid in the movie Dil Chahta Hai. The role was eventually given to Akshaye Khanna.
  • Akshaye Khanna studied acting from the Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute.
  • Akshaye Khanna was supposed to be a part of Deepa Mehta's Earth. However, he was later replaced by Aamir Khan.
  • Akshaye Khanna and Mamta Kulkarni were initially signed for the movie Prem Aggan. However, director Feroz Khan shelved the project and instead started shooting for the movie Janasheen with the same starcast. Further, the movie Janasheen was also shelved and was later made in 2003 with Fardeen Khan and Celina Jaitly. While, Prem Aggan was made in 1998 with Fardeen Khan and Meghana Kothari in the lead role.
  • Filmmaker Amol Gupte initially wanted to cast Akshaye Khanna in Taare Zameen Par. He had approached Aamir Khan to take his help to get in touch with Akshaye. After hearing the script, Aamir eventually decided to produce and was also cast in the movie.
  • Akshaye Khanna was cast in Farhan Akhtar's movie Voice From The Sky, however, the movie was eventually shelved and Akhtar then started working on Don 2.
  • Akshaye Khanna was supposed to star in Anees Bazmee's now-shelved film Autograph.
  • Akshaye Khanna was initially offered the role of John Abraham in the movie Zinda. However, Akshaye opted out of the movie citing financial disagreements.
  • Akshaye Khanna's father Vinod Khanna wanted to cast him in the movie Made in India, which was eventually shelved as Akshaye's debut movie, Himalaya Putra flopped at the box office.
  • Akshaye Khanna did various look tests for the film Sanju to get in the look of Sunil Dutt. However, none of his looks matched and he finally backed out of the film.
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