Akshaye Khanna is a popular Indian film actor. He was born on March 28, 1975, in Mumbai, Maharashtra in India to Bollywood actor, Vinod Khanna and Geetanjali Khanna. His brother, Rahul Khanna is also an actor and they are both members of South Mumbai’s Royal Willingdon Sports Club. Akshaye studied at Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute in Mumbai.

After this, he was debuted in the Bollywood romance film, Himalay Putra in the year 1997, along with Hema Malini, Satish Shah, and Johnny Lever. This film was produced by his father, but it became unsuccessful at the box-office. In the same year, he acted in Sunny Deol-starrer film, Border. His role as the 2nd Lieutenant was initially offered to Aamir Khan, but due to date issues, the actor declined the offer and so Akshaye was cast in the film. He earned the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut and got nominated at the Star Screen Award for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role in the year 1998. Followed by this, was a string of not so successful films including, Mohabbat, Kudrat, Love You Hamesha, Laawaris, and Dahek: A Burning Passion from the year 1997 to 1999.

Akshaye was starred in the Bollywood romantic drama musical film, Aa Ab Laut Chalen, alongside Rajesh Khanna. Though the film did an average business at the box-office, he received praises for his brilliant acting. Akshaye acted opposite Aishwarya Rai in the critical and commercial Bollywood romantic drama film, Taal, which was helmed by Subhash Ghai. In the year 2001, Akshaye appeared in the multi-starrer comedy-drama film, Dil Chahta Hai, alongside Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Kulkarni, Preity Zinta and Dimple Kapadia. This film became a defining moment in his career as it turns out to be a commercial and critical success. Initially, his role as Sid was offered to Abhishek Bachchan, but he turned it down, and so Akshaye was cast in the film and was applauded by his brilliant performance. He also earned the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor and his career was re-launched. In 2002, he played as a villain in Bobby Deol-starrer Humraaz. This film earned him critical acclaim and a nomination at the Filmfare for Best Performance in a Negative Role. Later, he shifted to doing comedy films and was cast in the Priyadarshan’s Hungama in 2003 and Hulchul in 2004; both films made it to the box-office success.

This was followed by lukewarm and unsuccessful films like Aap Ki Khatir and Shaadi Se Pehle in 2006, Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love, Gandhi, My Father and Naqaab in 2007 and Mere Baap Pehle Aap in 2008. Akshaye later appeared in Abbas-Mustan’s blockbuster thriller film Race in 2008. This film became the 4th highest-grossing film of the year and his character as Rajeev Singh earned him the Screen Awards and IIFA Awards for Best Villain. But his performance as Harilal Gandhi, the son of Mahatma Gandhi (played by Darshan Jariwala) in the critically acclaimed biographical drama film, ‘Gandhi, My Father’ was considered as his best performance as an actor.

In the year 2010, Akshaye was starred in the action-comedy film, No Problem, along with Sanjay Dutt and Kangana Ranaut in the lead role. He was also praised by his performances in the action thriller film, Aakrosh and in the heist comedy film, Tees Maar Khan in 2010. Besides acting, Akshaye voiced the character of Alex the Parrot in the 3D animated film, Delhi Safari in 2012. He was also featured in the Hindi comedy film, Gali Gali Chor Hai, along with Shriya Sarn and Mugdha Godse.

After this, he took a hiatus from acting and recently made a comeback in the upcoming action-adventure film, Dishoom, helmed by Rohit Dhawan and is expected to release in the year 2016.
Akhil Kapur Hindi Actor

Akhil Kapur

Akhil Kapur is a prominent Indian film actor. He was born on October 26, 1985, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Akhil started as an assistant director to Nikhil Advani in Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love in the year 2007 and Abbas Mustan in Race in the year 2008. He also assisted the makers of the Bollywood comedy drama film, Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. in the year 2007. Being one of the founders of the India Fight Factory, he has been trained in several fighting forms such as martial arts, Karate, Kung-Fu, Krav Maga, Muya Thai and Brazilian Jujitsu. He is the nephew of Indian actor and producer, Vinod Khanna and the cousins of actors, Rahul Khanna, and Akshaye Khanna. He took up acting and film direction at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute and New York Film Academy and returned to India. Akhil said, since he came from a film fraternity, he always wished to get into films. In the year 2014, the actor was debuted in the Bollywood action-drama film, Desi Kattey, helmed by Anand Kumar. When Anand Kumar heard about him through a newspaper, he called Akhil and narrated a story that is different from Desi Kattey. But since Akhil has some other project in the pipeline, he was unable to go to Anand. After a year and a half, Anand called him again, and when he comes to the director, Anand narrated a love story to him but he asked Anand to cast him in a hardcore action film. And that’s how his debut film was made. He played as Pali, a small town boy who was raised up making guns, and he wanted to become a popular gangster in town. Akhil mentioned in an interview that, he watched the film "Davayan" of his uncle Vinod Khanna. He considered as his biggest inspiration and Vaastav of Sanjay Dutt, to prepare for his role in Desi Kattey, since both roles were quite similar to his role in the film. Prior to this, he interned on several films before Anand approached him for a role in Desi Kattey. Akhil wanted to do dark characters, and one of his biggest inspirations is the Hollywood action superstar, Sylvester Stallone. Actor Sunil Shetty says Akhil has the same looks as Sanjay Dutt, only he is the younger version. He said it in terms of the intensity in the eyes of Akhil and his whole demeanor that reminds of the veteran actor, Sanjay Dutt. Akhil has done a sexy pro-vegetarian advertisement for People for the Ethical Treatments of Animals (PETA), with whom he poses his traffic-stopping physique. Known to be a vegetarian, he intends to prove that vegetarians are fit to live longer. The ad was shot by popular Bollywood photographer, Haider Khan.

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