Akshay Kumar changed his name from Rajiv Bhatia to try his luck with a new name
The Khiladi of Bollywood who will be soon seen in Rajinikanth's 2.0 has an interesting story behind changing his original name, from Rajiv Bhatia to Akshay Kumar.
In the movie Aaj, which was directed by Mahesh Bhatt in 1987, Akshay played the character of a Karate instructor and he had only 15-second screen space.
The film featured Raj Babbar, Smita Patil, Raj Kiran and Kumar Gaurav. In the movie, the character name of Kumar Gaurav was Akshay. Impressed by his performance, Akshay decided to have it as his onscreen name.
And the rest is history. His decision has turned out to be a game-changer for Rajiv Bhatia.
On the professional front, Akshay's 2.0 is all set hit the screens on November 29. Later, he will be seen in Kesari, which is based on the Battle of Saragarhi that took place between the Sikh soldiers of the British Army and the Pashtun Orakzai tribesmen in 1897.
Currently, Akshay is shooting for Housefull 4 along with Bobby Deol and Riteish Deshmukh. Directed by Sajid Khan, the movie will hit the screens during Diwali 2019.
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Last Updated 9, Sep 2018, 9:52 AM