Akshay Kumar is one of the most bankable actors that the Hindi film industry can boast of. From his debut in ‘Saugandh’ in 1991 to his latest films ‘Kesari’ and ‘Mission Mangal’, the Khiladi of Bollywood made a brand for himself in all these years.

Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia, or Akshay Kumar as we professionally know him, celebrates his 53rd birthday on Wednesday. Here are some of his breakthrough films that made a mark on the viewers as well as the box office.


Akshay’s breakthrough film, made by director duo Abbas-Mustan, was released in 1992. The film turned out to be iconic and paved the actor’s way to success. He played a role that was packed with action, humour and thrill– and managed to impress viewers like none other.

Hera Pheri

Akshay Kumar made his viewers laugh their guts out with the 2000 film ‘Hera Pheri’. Considered one of the most successful movies in his career, ‘Hera Pheri’ co-starred Paresh Rawal, Suneil Shetty and Tabu, and continues to tickle our funny bones everytime we watch it.

Bhool Bhulaiyaa

This 2007 comedy-horror film became a cult favourite, also starring Vidya Balan and Shiney Ahuja in lead roles. The movie was an amalgamation of horror elements and psychological angles, teamed with Akshay’s perfect comic timing. ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’ is regarded as one of his best movies.

Singh Is Kinng

The 2008 Anees Bazmee directorial turned out to be a huge hit at the box office.The action-comedy follows the journey of Happy, a carefree man. Akshay Kumar’s comic timing in the film was commendable. The audience also loved watching the onscreen chemistry between Akshay and Katrina Kaif.

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha

Starring Bhumi Pednekar and Akshay Kumar in lead roles, the film’s aim was to raise awareness about the importance of toilets in India, which otherwise is largely dependent on open defecation. The movie sent out an important message about hygiene and its relevance, and went on to become a hit.