Khel Khiladi Ka – Akshay Kumar Strikes Back with Khiladi 786

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Khiladi 786. The songs and the promos of the film have both been performing marvelously and have managed to grab great deal of
attention from audiences despite mounting pressures from all the
mega budget releases lined up for Diwali and even after that. But
Akshay Kumar, being what he is, has succeeded in grabbing eyeballs.
Koimoi on the eve of Akshay’s new venture brings to you a list of the
work he is best known for – being The ultimate Khiladi of Bollywood.

Getting nostalgic about Akshay Kumar’s films will encapsulate almost
an entire childhood of those who loved watching action flicks in the
1990?s. It has been twenty years of the star in Bollywood and he has
slowly escalated himself on the success ladder and currently can claim
a place as one of Bollywood’s most reputed and successful stars. Khiladi
came as a breakthrough film for him in 1992. Directed by the fantastic duo of Abbas Mustan, the film managed to establish him as the
ultimate Khiladi of Bollywood. The term has almost become
synonymous to his identity and continues to support his image till
date.

It will be intriguing information that Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia or Akshay
Kumar as we better know him, pioneered as a martial artist in the
world of Bollywood. He is a black belt in Taekwondo and has been
formally trained in martial arts in Bangkok, Thailand. He used to take
classes in martial arts before modeling and eventually films happened
to him. He debuted in Bollywood with Saugandh in 1991 but it was actually Khiladi in 1992 which established him in a greater way. 1994
was crucial year for him as two of his biggest action flicks, Mohra and
Main Khiladi Tu Anari, became the most profitable films of the year. He
has come a long way since his early stints to becoming the most profit
inducing star in the industry. This year alone, Kumar has 3 super hit
films, OMG Oh My God!, Rowdy Rathore and Housefull 2, in his kitty, two of which are a part of the prestisious 100 crore club, namely
Housefull 2 and Rowdy Rathore.
Taking a look at his Khiladi series, one can gather how much of what
Akshay Kumar is determined by the roots he has laid in these films.
Khiladi (1992) directed by Abbas Mustan saw him star with Deepak
Tijori and Ayesha Jhulka. The movie was an interesting suspense
thriller which was the first of Khiladi series. The movie was a super hit
film and is remembered as one Akshay’s most successful works. In 1994, Main Khiladi Tu Anari was released. Like the earlier film of the
series, this too met with huge box office success and was declared a
super hit. The film also starred Shilpa Shetty and Saif Ali Khan. The next
from the series was Sabse Bada Khiladi which released in 1995 and
was a hit too. The film starred Mamta Kulkarni, Mohnish Behl and
Gulshan Grover as well. Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi in 1996 was the next film from this series. The movie had the legendary Rekha and the sensuous
Raveena Tandon in lead roles. Rekha was for the first time seen in a
negative role on screen. Abundant in sleaze and criminal intentions,
the film was a Super Hit as well. The only flop in the Khiladi series was
Mr and Mrs Khiladi which was released in 1997, where Akshay starred
opposite Juhi Chawla. The film was the only comedy in the series and showed a different side of Akshay Kumar who was mainly recognized
as an all in all, action hero. He was back in action 1999 with
International Khiladi opposite Twinkle Khanna, who is also his wife
now. The film performed averagely at the box office. In 2000, Khiladi
420 was released which met with the same average lukewarm
response from audiences. The film is the seventh venture from Khiladi series and starred Mahima Chaudhry and Gulshan Grover.

The Khiladi stint was such a craze with the audience that it was
replicated on Television as well. Akshay Kumar was signed as the host
of the popular television reality show Fear factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi.
The star has successfully served as a host of three out of four seasons
of the show. Even when Piggy Chops tried her hand at hosting the
show, she couldn’t garner the TRPs Akshay managed to get. Akshay Kumar performed stunts so brilliantly and enthuse the participants
with his experience and zest. Though the Khiladi films were almost
discontinued post 2000, the Khiladi-ness was kept alive through Fear
Factor which is one the most popular reality shows in Indian Television
today. Since the franchise is back in a big way with Khiladi 786, this film is all
set to give the series an entirely fresh dimension of success, reaching
further zeniths! People have appreciated the promos and trailers of the
film, the film’s marketing strategies seem to be going the success way,
the love of Akshay’s fans will drive the excitement for the film and
mostly 2012 has been one hell of a promising year for the star with three super hit films and two of them earning more than 100 crores.
The confidence levels are high and so are the expectations. The wind is
quite blowing his direction this year and Khiladi 786 would prove to
be a fantastic culmination for him. Time will give its verdict for sure as
to how Khiladi 786 will eventually perform at the box office. We
extend our warm best wishes to the ultimate Khiladi we so fondly adore.

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