Perhaps it's this quality'of being a true-blue Jat and not afraid of showing it'that endears him to his audience. Apart from some controversy about cutting his co-stars' roles (of which he made self-deprecating jokes in public forums), Akshay has been largely controversy-free in his professional arena. He's the only non-Khan, non-Bachchan who can bring in both the audience and the moolah on his name alone.
From his first hit Khiladi in 1992 to his latest success Singh is Kinng this year, this former chef has come a long way'18 years to be precise. While his contemporaries are desperately attempting to look younger, in his first television stint, Fear Factor'Khatron Ke Khiladi, Akshay chose to appear sporting a salt ' pepper beard!
Text: Sonia Chopra
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