He began as an action hero, which brought him the moniker of 'Khiladi' Kumar. Just when he was about to be type casted in the action genre, he made a clean sweep and floored his fans with his lover boy act. Before we could realize, the man was tickling our funny bone like no other star did so far.
And today at 45, Akshay 'Khiladi' Kumar is redefining himself yet again doing action, real life sprinkled roles, romance and what not! One of the most versatile actors of the times, Akshay Kumar, who celebrates his birthday today, definitely deserves to be the Boss!
As Akshay grows a year younger, let's have a look at some of his career-defining films...
Khiladi: A suspense thriller starring Akshay Kumar and Ayesha Julka, this was the film that gave Bollywood its own Khiladi.
From teen romance and emotional out bursts to slick action, Akshay did it all in the film that was lapped up by the audiences and made Akshay a fav among the directors who were looking out for Bollywood's new action man.
Yeh Dillagi: When Akshay was busy beating the baddies to pulp in actioners, the young Kumar did 'Yeh Dillagi' that introduced Akshay's softer side to the audiences.
He played the subdued and sacrificing bade bhaiya to Ole ole boy Saif Ali Khan, who walked away with the heroine Kajol in the end.
We loved Akshay bespectacled look in the film.
Sangharsh: By now Akshay had not only established himself as the invincible Khiladi of B-town, but was also reaping the fruits of his efforts giving quite some Khiladi hits.
Just when the 'Khiladi' tag looked overpowering Akshay's versatility, the man gave Sangharsh. He played a prisoner, an unjustly implicated genius in the film and won critical acclaim for himself.
Hera Pheri: There was a comic streak in Akshay Kumar from the very beginning. But Hera Pheri was his first out and out comedy and soon there was no looking back for Akshay who treated his fans with a number if comedies post this film.
Directed by Priyadarshan, the film has achieved a cult status becoming one of the best comedies of Bollywood.
Dhadkan: Before Dhadkan, no one could have ever imagined Akshay Kumar as Ram, the docile one. The role was critical and needed very sensitive handling.
Akshay Kumar surprised the critics and achieved accolades for his acting prowess by handling the difficult role with sincerity and control.
Ajnabee: Looks like, Akshay was bored playing the good guy so he did Ajnabee and played the baddie who you loved to hate.
From dancing away with a hottie to wife swapping, Akshay did it all in the film and was much loved playing a character with a negative streak.
Waqt: Race against time: It won't be wrong to say that the film portrays one of the best father-son duos in the history of Indian cinema.
The film demanded a lot of emotional presence and Akshay gave it all to the film.
Namaste London: When everybody thought that Akshay will stuck in the rut of doing repetitive comedies, Akshay woke up the romantic in him and how!
His fans loved his chemistry with Katrina Kaif and together the two became one of the most sought after jodies of Bollywood.
Age became just a number and Akshay went on to play the lover boy who could still leave women week in the knee with elan.
Housefull: Yet another classic comedy from the very versatile Akshay Kumar.
He played the poker faced 'Panauti' in the film with such ease that you really felt pity for him.
What more? That constant dumb-found expression on his face was a total winner!
OMG! Oh My God: Akshay as Lord Krishna was not only endearing but was appreciated from all corners.
The film was a satire that questioned religion, spirituality and the so called 'Godmen' and Akshay just made all that look so convincing with his Krishna Vasudev Yadav act.
We can't think of any actor playing Krishna as Akshay did. Can you?
Special 26: Director Neeraj Pandey waited for three long years after he made 'A Wednesday' to direct his next, Special 26.
He waited so long for he wanted to make it with Akshay and now we know why! Akshay plays a young man who fails to crack the CBI exams and goes on to make his own fake CBI and loot the government.
Akshay's performances received great laurels.