Happy Birthday Akshaye Khanna! A Dozen Reasons I Love You

12 reasons to love Akshaye Khanna! Not counting “being born on a week when I am playing catch-up so it is nice to be able to just repost this post”.

1.1. I love him because he survived a very public and very odd childhood (more details here)

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2. I love him because this odd childhood doesn’t seem to have permanently affected his relationship with his father or his half-siblings and stepmother, which is pretty remarkable.

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3. I love him because he made an impression in only his second film, age 22, among a cast of veterans and stars.

4. And in his 3rd film, he pulled off the rare “father and son romanced the same actress” prize with Madhuri!

And it was SO MUCH LESS SCARY than when his father romanced her!

5. I love him because he lucked or talented (is that a word?  It should be!) into a couple of classic AR Rahman song sequences right at the start of his career.  First “Taram Pum” from Doli Saja Ke Rekhna.

6. Then “Nahin Samne” from Taal.

7. I love you because you hit your stride in the early 2000s, finding roles that managed to combine deep sensitive characters with popular success.  Starting with Dil Chahta Hai, and then popping over to Canadian art cinema to do a friendly appearance in your brother’s film Bollywood/Hollywood.

8. You made my all time favorite Priyadarshan film.

9. And you made time to reunite with your Mohabbat co-star again!  In a role so small that most “name” actors wouldn’t have even considered it.

10.  But that is what I maybe love most about you!  That you realized halfway through your career that you would rather do smaller interesting character parts than keep playing the romantic lead.  And therefore, at only 30, you took two years off filming and came back playing the small detective role in 36 China Town.

11.  And then after 6 years of playing the comic smaller part, you took another break.  Okay, smaller comic part, and one amazingly fun villain.  With an amazingly catchy love song.

12.  And then you came back, as good as ever, to play another great villain in Dishoom!

13.  And finally, my bonus reason to love you, remember that time you were in a movie with Amitabh and Sanjay Dutt who set his hand on fire?

7 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Akshaye Khanna! A Dozen Reasons I Love You

  1. If you have seen Vinod Khanna’s early movies as an anti-hero you’ll notice that he has that perfect smirk while sneering at saintly heroes like Rajesh Khanna or Dharmendra. (All the while looking heartbreakingly handsome).Akshay has inherited that smirk.You’ll notice it in Humraaz or Race.Yet another reason to love him.


    • Just rewatched Ittefaq, he is brilliant in that, and smoothly moves between “acting” in his interrogation scenes, clearly putting on a smirk or a false friendliness or whatever to get Sidharth or Sonakshi to break, and being a sincere natural actor in other moments. It’s a very subtle transition between entertaining masala style performance, and naturalistic.

      On Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 10:20 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • Akshay is clearly the more natural actor of the duo.But isn’t it amusing that Vinod Khanna started his career playing villains and slowly graduating to an anti-hero and then to a hero while Akshay’s career went the other way.


  2. He is not an actor I have paid a great deal of attention to, but when I do see him, he does excellent work. I went back and read about his childhood. Sad.


      • Have to concur about all the good looking Khanna men.There was a time when Rahul Khanna was a VJ on MTV or Channel V and all the girls would religiously watch his program everyday. Malaika Arora was a VJ at about the same time.And he was considered better looking than either Akshay or Vinod.


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