Akshaye Khanna

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Akshaye Khanna
अक्षय खन्ना
Akshaye Khanna still2.jpg
Khanna in January 2014
Born (1975-03-28) 28 March 1975 (age 41)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Bollywood Actor and Member of Willingdon Sports Club
Years active 1997–present
Relatives Vinod Khanna (Father)
Geetanjali Khanna (Mother)
Rahul Khanna (Brother)
Shakshi Khanna (Half-Brother)
Shraddha Khanna (Half-Sister)

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

His most popular films include Border (1997), Taal (1999), Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Hulchul (2004), Race (2008) among others. He was critically acclaimed for his performance in Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Humraaz (2002) and Gandhi, My Father (2007).

Akshaye Khanna had a four year long gap from his acting career (after Gali Gali Chor Hai). He has returned in 2016 as an antagonistic character in the film Dishoom.[1]

Early and personal life[edit]

Akshay Khanna was born on 28 March 1975 in Mumbai. He is the second son of Bollywood actor and politician Vinod Khanna, and the younger brother of actor Rahul Khanna. Both brothers are also members of Willingdon Sports Club.


After studying in Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute in Mumbai, Akshay Khanna made his acting debut in Bollywood in 1997 with the movie Himalay Putra, which was produced by his father and went without much success at box office.[2] His performance in his next release, 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.[3] After that a string of unsuccessful films followed such as Mohabbat (1997), Kudrat (1998), Laawaris (1999), Love You Hamesha (1999) and Dahek: A Burning Passion (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.[4]

In 2001, Khanna appeared in Farhan Akhtar's cult classic Dil Chahta Hai which turned out to be 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.[5] Dil Chahta Hai relaunched Akshaye 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.[6] Khanna then plunged into the comedy genre with Priyadarshan’s Hungama (2002) and Hulchul (2004) that became box office hits.[7][8]

After acting in a string of unsuccessful and lukewarm box-office films like Shaadi Se Pehle (2006), Aap Ki Khatir (2006),[9] Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love (2007), Mere Baap Pehle Aap (2008), Gandhi, My Father (2007),[10] and Naqaab (2007),[11] 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.[12]

In 2010, he starred in Anees Bazmee's No Problem with Sanjay Dutt, Anil Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut.[13] 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 has made his comeback in the film Dishoom.[14][15]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result
1998 Filmfare Awards Best Debut - Male Border Won
1998 Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Border Nominated
1998 Screen Awards Most promising Newcomer - Male[16] Himalay Putra Won
2002 Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Dil Chahta Hai Won
2002 Screen Awards Special Jury Award[16] Dil Chahta Hai Won
2002 Screen Awards Best Supporting Actor[16] Dil Chahta Hai Nominated
2002 Zee Cine Awards Best Supporting Actor - Male[16] Dil Chahta Hai Nominated
2003 Screen Awards Best Actor[16] Deewangee Nominated
2003 Filmfare Awards Best Negative Role Humraaz Nominated
2003 Screen Awards Best Villain [16] Humraaz Nominated
2003 Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in Negative Role Humraaz Nominated
2003 IIFA Awards Best Villain Humraaz Won
2007 Australian Indian Film Festival Best Performance Award[citation needed] Gandhi, My Father Won
2007 Screen Awards Best Actor Gandhi, My Father Nominated
2009 Screen Awards Best Villain Race Won
2009 IIFA Awards Best Villain[16] Race Won


Year Film Role
1997 Himalay Putra Abhay
1997 Border 2/Lt. Dharamvir
1997 Mohabbat Rohit Malhotra/Tony Braganza
1997 Bhai Bhai Cameo appearance
1998 Doli Saja Ke Rakhna Inderjit Bansal
1998 Kudrat Vijay
1999 Aa Ab Laut Chalen Rohan Khanna
1999 Laawaris Captain Dada/Vijay
1999 Taal Manav Mehta
1999 Dahek Sameer B. Roshan
2001 Dil Chahta Hai Siddharth Sinha
2001 Love You Hamesha Shaurat
2002 Humraaz Karan Malhotra
2002 Deewangee Raj Goyal
2002 Bollywood/Hollywood Himself (Cameo)
2003 Hungama Jeetu
2003 LOC Kargil Lt. Balwan Singh, 18 Grenadiers
2003 Border Hindustan Ka Mobarak (Guest appearance)
2004 Deewaar Gaurang Kaul
2004 Hulchul Jai A. Chand
2006 Shaadi Se Pehle Ashish Khanna
2006 36 China Town Chief Police Inspector Karan
2006 Aap Ki Khatir Aman Mehra
2007 Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love Shiven Dungarpur
2007 Naqaab Vicky Malhotra
2007 Gandhi, My Father Harilal Gandhi
2007 Aaja Nachle MP Raja Uday Singh
2008 Race Rajiv Singh
2008 Mere Baap Pehle Aap Gaurav J. Rane
2009 Luck by Chance Himself (Cameo)
2009 Shortkut - The Con is On Shekhar Giriraj
2010 Aakrosh Siddhant Chaturvedi
2010 No Problem Raj Ambani
2010 Tees Maar Khan Aatish Kapoor
2012 Delhi Safari Alex
2012 Gali Gali Chor Hai Bharat
2016 Dishoom Rahul (Wagah)


Akshaye Khanna, in 2013, reported a case of a couple duping him of 50 lakh for doubling this amount in 45 days through commodity trading to the police.[17]


  1. ^ IANS,Mumbai. "Akshaye Khanna is USP of Dishoom: Varun Dhawan.". The Indian Express. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Akshaye Khanna - Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  3. ^ "Best Debut Award". Indiatimes. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  4. ^ "Taal Dances To Record Numbers". Rediff. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  5. ^ "`Dil Chahta Hai' bags 7 awards". The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  6. ^ "Akshaye Khanna: (Nominee- Best Performance in a Villainous Role for 'Humraaz')". Indiatimes. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  7. ^ "Box Office 2003". BoxofficeIndia.com. Archived from the original on 2007-12-21. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  8. ^ "Box Office 2004". BoxofficeIndia.com. Archived from the original on 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  9. ^ "Box Office 2006". BoxofficeIndia.com. Archived from the original on 2007-12-24. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  10. ^ "Box Office 2007". BoxofficeIndia.com. Archived from the original on 2 January 2008. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  11. ^ "Box Office Earnings 10/08/07-16/08/07 (Collections in Ind Rs)". BoxofficeIndia.com. Archived from the original on 2007-08-27. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  12. ^ "Gandhi My Father: Brave attempt". Rediff.com. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  13. ^ "Bad times continue at the box office". Rediff. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  14. ^ ""John, Varun and Jacqueline starrer Dishoom to go on floors today"". The Indian Express. 25 October 2015. Archived from the original on 25 January 2016. 
  15. ^ Roshmila Bhattacharya,Mumbai Mirror. "Akshaye Khanna: I know I'm an oddball.". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g Akshaye Khanna - Awards. IMDb.com
  17. ^ V Narayanan. "Akshaye Khanna invests Rs 50 lakh to get Rs 1 crore in 45 days, loses all.". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 

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