Thursday, March 27, 2008

Happy Birthday, Dear Akshaye

A nice write up on our fave star's bday:

Born on March 28, 1975 Akshaye Khanna inherited the acting skills of his father, Vinod Khanna. He made his debut alongside him in Himalaya Putra (1997), in which his real father played his reel father too. Akshaye may not be the current reigning star of tinsel town, but he has a carved a niche for himself.

Coming from a filmy background may have helped him get an entry into Bollywood but this actor has always dared to be different. Where majority of actors go on a signing spree after just one hit, Akshaye has always believed in going slowly and steadily.

Unlike other actors Akshaye does not make efforts to remain in headlines. He is known to be a very private person. His interviews are well spaced and he does not allow himself to be over-exposed. He is known for his reserved nature and does not open up easily.

Akshaye Khanna is different from his peers, which may sound like a cliché but is nevertheless true. Where other actors shout from the rooftops about their love affairs, Akshaye has never discussed his relationships. He has never even talked about his relationship with Tara Sharma.

From the lover boy of Himalaya Putra to the debouch of Race, Akshaye has come a long way. At the start of his career he may have been in awe of his father but later he established himself on his own. Starting his career at the young age of 22, Akshaye soon got noticed for his acting skills. But the movie that really got him recognition was Border, which also got him a Filmfare award.

Border was followed by some forgettable movies, which bombed at the Box Office. Akshaye was criticised for both his acting and his choice of movies.

A big movie that came his way was Subhash Ghai’s Taal in 1999. The movie became a runaway hit and Akshaye got rave reviews for his portrayal of a silent lover. The role suited his persona and Subhash Ghai exploited his vulnerable looks. But even after that Akshaye was never considered a bankable actor at the ticket window.

Akshaye’s career took a turn for the better in year 2001 when Javed Akhtar’s son Farhan Akhtar, who was also his childhood friend, directed him in Dil Chahta Hai (DCH). Like Taal, in Dil Chahta Hai too he played the role of a sensitive lover. He portrays a young man who falls in love with an older woman. Not only did Akshaye get critical acclaim for his role, he also bagged the Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actor that year.

DCH was followed by another hit and yet another power packed performance by Akshaye in Humraaz which released in 2002. This Abbas-Mastaan flick saw Akshaye essaying a negative role for the first time. Akshaye showed his real mettle in this movie and outshone his fellow actor Bobby Deol completely.

Akshaye then teamed up with his favourite director Priyadarshan- with whom he had also worked in Doli Saja ke Rakhna– in Hungama and Hulchul. Both laugh riots not only proved to be good entertainers but also big hits at the box office.

But his best performance came in a recent flick Gandhi My Father in which he played Mahatma Gandhi’s son Harilal. Directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, this movie won him not only accolades but also Best Performance Award at the Australian Indian Film Festival.

The future looks bright for him with some interesting projects in his kitty. Akshaye might just be the “dark horse” of year 2008.

Vital stats

Name: Akshaye Khanna
Height: 5'''9"
Hair: Black
Eyes: Black
Hobbies: Acting
Family: Father is Vinod Khanna, mother is Geetanjali (1st wife of Vinod) Step-mother Kavita, step-sister Sakshi Brother Rahul Khanna (VJ, Actor)

Memorable Roles:

Rajiv Singh in Race
Harilal Gandhi in Gandhi My Father
Akshaye Khanna in Bollywood Hollywood
Raj Goyal in Deewangee
Karan Malhotra in Humraaz
Siddharth Sinha in Dil Chahta Hai
Manav Mehta in Taal
Dharamvir in Border
Abhay in Himalaya Putra

(My News)


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to you, Akshoo! Smile, Cheers, Enjoy and Have Fun!

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Anonymous said...

Many Many Happy Returns of the Day...Happy Birthday. Lots of Love, Hugs and Kisses.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday. May this day brings you love, joys, luck, prosperity, and success.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!