On his 52nd birthday, here we look at six patriotic movies starring Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar is celebrating his 52nd birthday today, he is one of the most versatile actors in Indian cinema. From playing an action-hero to comic star or even a lover boy, we saw different shades of the actor. Popularly known as Khiladi Kumar, Akshay Kumar was named Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia soon after his birth.
In a career spanning almost three decades, Akshay Kumar starred in over 100 films and has won several awards. He won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in Rustom and two Filmfare Awards for Ajnabee and Garam Masala. Akshay is also a recipient of the Padma Shri, bestowed upon him by the Indian Government in 2011. The actor has a number of hit movies to his name, with some blockbusters, including Hera-Pheri, Bhool Bhulaiya, Housefull, and a lot of others.
Akshay Kumar is married to Bollywood's first superstar Rajesh Khanna's daughter Twinkle Khanna, both have a son Aarav and a daughter Nitara.
Movies apart, he is seen taking part in various social events along with the current government. Recently, he was seen indulging in a candid interview with PM Modi at his residence in Delhi. From talking about saving water to encouraging the youth for voting, he is seen supporting many government campaigns.
On his birthday, we list some of his movies that prove Akshay Kumar is a modern-day patriot.
Airlift: In the film, Akshay Kumar plays the role of Ranjit Katyal, a Kuwait-based businessman, who carries out the evacuation of Indians based in Kuwait during the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein'. The film was featured among the 2016 Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India. The film won awards for its background score and acting, notably one Zee Cine Award. The film stars Nimrat Kaur.
Toilet Ek Prem Katha: The film received three nominations at the 63rd Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, Best Director for Narayan Singh and Best Actor for Akshay Kumar. The film is a love story with an inclination of social transformation that was linked to the Swach Bharat Abhiyan. Based on a real-life story, it teaches a lesson on the importance of sanitary conditions.
Pad Man: The story is based on one of the chapters from Twinkle Khanna's book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad. It talks about Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu who introduced low-cost sanitary pads. The movie set out to create social awareness about menstruation and how it's not a taboo but something entirely natural that women go through each month. Pad Man received award for Best Film on Other Social Issues. Akshay's performance in the film was critically praised, for which he received a Best Actor nomination at the 64th Filmfare Awards.
Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty: Directed by AR Murgadoss, Holiday came out in 2014 and was declared a super hit. The movie was a remake of Murugadoss' own acclaimed Tamil film Thuppakki starring Vijay. Akshay Kumar was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Actor then.
Baby: Akshay plays an undercover RAW agent who’s on a mission to take down bigtime terrorists. Along with Akshay, there are many other stars like Taapsee Pannu, Rana Daggubati, Danny Denzongpa, Anupam Kher, Mikaal Zulfiqar, Kay Kay Menon, Madhurima Tuli and Rasheed Naz.
Mission Mangal: The film starred an ensemble cast of Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi, HG Dattatreya, Vikram Gokhale and Sonakshi Sinha.
The movie is based on the life of scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation who contributed to the Mars Orbiter Mission, India's first interplanetary expedition.
Here are some other Akshay Kumar's desh bhakthi movies such as Kesari, Gold, Rustom, Gabbar Is Back, Special 26, Namastey London, Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo, Aan: Men at Work, Police Force: An Inside Story, etc.
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