Akshay Khanna

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Akshay Khanna

Akshay Khanna (born 28 March 1975) is an Indian actor, and the son of film producer Vinod Khanna. He made his acting debut in 1997 with Himalay Putra which was produced by his father. Since then he has been featured in several critically and commercially acclaimed films. Akshaye has been a recipient of Filmfare Awards twice.

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Background

His performance in the J. P. Dutta-directed Border (1997), earned him the Filmfare Best Debut Award and a nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1998. After that a string of less successful films followed such as Mohabbat (1997), Kudrat (1998), Laawaris (1999), Love You Hamesha (1999) and Dahek (1999).

In 1999, he starred in Rishi Kapoor's Aa Ab Laut Chalen, though the film did average business, he was praised for his acting. He next starred in Subhash Ghai's Taal opposite Aishwarya Rai. The film became a critical and commercial success.

In 2001, Khanna appeared in Farhan Akhtar's cult classic Dil Chahta Hai. This marked a turning point in his career: the film was a commercial and critical success and Khanna's performance was particularly applauded, later validated by Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2002. Dil Chahta Hai relaunched Akshay Khanna and Saif Ali Khan's careers.

In 2002, Khanna appeared in an Abbas-Mustan thriller Humraaz, his role as a convincing con-artist in this film earned him much critical acclaim and a nomination for a Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role. Khanna then plunged into the comedy genre with Priyadarshan’s Hungama (2002) and Hulchul (2004) that became box office hits.

After acting in a string of unsuccessful and lukewarm box-office films like Shaadi Se Pehle (2006), Aap Ki Khatir (2006), Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love (2007), Mere Baap Pehle Aap (2008), Gandhi, My Father (2007), and Naqaab (2007), Khanna appeared in the 2008 release Race. The Abbas-Mustan thriller was the fourth highest-grossing Bollywood film in 2008 and Khanna's performance in a negative role brought him awards in the Best Villain category. However, Khanna’s portrayal of Harilal Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's eldest son, in the critically acclaimed 2007 film Gandhi, My Father is unanimously acknowledged his best performance yet as an actor.

In 2010, he starred in Anees Bazmee's No Problem with Sanjay Dutt, Anil Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut. Khanna's later releases did not fare well at the box office, but his performances in Aakrosh (2010) and Tees Maar Khan (2010) were well-received by critics and audience.

After a four year hiatus, Khanna made his comeback in the film Dishoom.

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