Seven Deadly Arts with Akshay Kumar

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Seven Deadly Arts with Akshay Kumar is a seven-part television mini-series that aired on the National Geographic Channel in 2004. It was hosted by Akshay Kumar.[1][2][3] Kumar donated his time and talents to the show.[4]


The series showcases the seven martial arts of kalaripayattu, Shaolin Kung Fu, karate, taekwondo, aikido, Muay Thai, capoeira and .[5][6] Kumar, who began learning martial arts at age 9,[4] played the master for taekwondo, karate, and Muay Thai, and played the student of the other forms of martial arts from different trainers.[7] The series' tagline was "The first thing you learn to kill is your ego".[8][9] Kumar shared his personal beliefs about martial arts and talked about the benefits it brought to him.[10]


National Geographic Channel announced the series' launch on 27 April 2004.[11] The first part was aired on Sunday, 9 May 2004 at 8:00 p.m. The rest of the parts were aired on the following Sundays.[12] Before the series was launched, National Geographic Channel had planned to broadcast the series' second part in October–November 2004.[13]


  • Akshay Kumar
  • Shifu Kanishka Sharma
  • Josette D. Normandeau
  • Mehul Vora
  • Puran Chauhan
  • Luisa Elvira
  • Jean Frenette


Kumar and his personal trainer, Mehul Vora, wrote the script.[14] Vora also choreographed the mini-series.[15] The series was shot in Manali, Himachal Pradesh and Mumbai in a span of 40 days. The series marked Kumar's television debut.[16][17]

During the series, Kanishka Sharma taught Shaolin Kung fu to Kumar.[18] Sifu Kaniska Sharma is the first Indian to be trained in Shaolin Temple Secular Discipline Union in China.[19] Yogesh Sahu directed the series. Puran Chauhan also trained Kumar. After the series, Chauhan worked as a stunt director in several Hindi films.[20]


Samsung, Bajaj, and Nokia were the chief sponsors.[21] Leo Burnett Agency was responsible for the series' advertising.[13]


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  7. ^ Iyer, Meena (3 August 2009). "Step into the ring with Akshay!". The Times of India. The Times Group. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
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  9. ^ Outlook. Vol. 44. India: Hathway Investments Pvt Limited. 2004. p. 44.
  10. ^ Bhayani, Viral (15 May 2004). "Akshay Kumar spills secrets of marshal arts". India New England News. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
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  14. ^ Chakravorty, Sohini (24 March 2012). "The art of defence". The Hindu. The Hindu Group. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  15. ^ Irani, Mahafreed. "The New Fight Club". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  16. ^ Gupta, Parul (27 April 2004). "Akshay makes deadly debut on TV". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  17. ^ "A martial affair". The Tribune. 16 May 2004. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
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  19. ^ Shetty, Shakti (8 September 2013). "Meet the man who teaches Bollywood stars how to fight!". Mid-Day. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  20. ^ Dubey, Sanjay (14 July 2007). "The Practice of Perfection". Tehelka. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  21. ^ Chakraborty, Alokananda (27 April 2004). "National Geographic banks on Akshay Kumar to up viewership". afaqs!. Retrieved 8 November 2014.

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