Akshaye Khanna is a popular Indian film actor. He was born on March 28, 1975, in Mumbai, Maharashtra in India to Bollywood actor,
and Geetanjali Khanna. His brother,
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
. 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
, 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
. 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
. In the year 2001, Akshaye appeared in the multi-starrer comedy-drama film,
Dil Chahta Hai
, alongside Aamir Khan,
Saif Ali Khan
. 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
, 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
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
earned him the Screen Awards and IIFA Awards for Best Villain. But his performance as Harilal Gandhi, the son of Mahatma Gandhi (played by
) 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,
, along with
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,
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
and is expected to release in the year 2016.