Early life Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia was born to a middle class Punjabi family in Amritsar-Punjab. His father was a government worker. From a very young age, he was recognised as a dancer. Akshay was grown in
's Chandni Chowk neighbourhood before moving to Mumbai. In Mumbai, he lived in Koliwada area, which was another Punjabi dominated area. He studied at Delhi Don Bosco School and then . He studied martial arts in Khalsa College . He then came back to Mumbai, and started teaching martial arts. One of his student happened to be a photographer recommended him to do modelling. The student gave him a modelling assignment for a small company. For his two hours posing in front of the camera, Kumar got Rs. 5,000, compared to his previous salary of Rs. 4,000 in one month. That was one of the main reasons why he chose to be a model. After a couple of months of modelling, Kumar was finally offered a lead role by producer Pramod Chakravarthy for the movie Deedar. Bangkok
Career AKSHAY made his Bollywood acting debut with the film Saugandh, which was unnoticed. His first major hit was the thriller film Khiladi. Year 1994 proved to be a good year for Kumar as he followed up his success with Khiladi with the action films Main Khiladi Tu Anari and Mohra which were among the highest grossing films of the year. Later , Yash Chopra signed him for the romantic film Yeh Dillagi which was also a success. He received appreciation for his performance where he played a romantic role which was different compared to his action roles. He would then consequently receive his first nominations for Best Actor award at the Filmfare and Star Screen ceremonies. All these achievements, promoted Akshay as one of the most successful actors of that year.