Akshay Kumar, over time, has proven himself to be among India’s bankable actors, who’s known for his versatility with movies from various genres.
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar celebrated his 53rd birthday on Wednesday. Touted as one of the fittest celebrities of the film industry for years now, the ‘Khiladi Kumar’ is known to be an avid sports enthusiast. He’s expressed his passion for cricket on several platforms and was also seen commentating along with Kapil Dev and Akash Chopra during India’s warm-up match against New Zealand in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Through time, Akshay Kumar has proven himself to be one of India’s bankable picture actor, who’s well known for his versatility. With movies from various genres for his name, let’s take a look at the top three Bollywood movies based on sports including Akshay Kumar.
‘Gold’ The Film marks the actor’s latest sports film.
Akshay Kumar played the use of Tapan Das, who was instrumental in the Indian Men’s Hockey Team winning their first Gold trophy in the 1984 Olympics. Released on August 15, 2018, Gold The Film turned out to be a bumper success for the celebrity. Created by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Reema Kagti, Gold The movie went on to collect over $158 crore across India and international markets. The opening day collection of this Akshay Kumar-starrer was a whopping $25 crore, even though a box-office conflict with John Abraham’s Satyamev Jayate.
‘Patiala House’ was the actor’s first sports film.
Starring Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia, the Nikhil Advani-directed film is a must-watch for cricket fans. It depicts the travel of an England-based cricketer of Indian origin, who’s not able to follow his dream of being a cricketer owing to his father not wanting him to perform for the British. Akshay Kumar plays the role of a quick bowler from the 2011 published film.
The movie is a testimony of Kumar’s acting prowess as he is effortless in the emotional scenes as well as the cricket scenes. Patiala House gained limelight due to the reel introduction of real-life cricketers like Nasser Hussain, Shaun Tait, Andrew Symonds and Herschelle Gibbs. Although Patiala House didn’t fare well at the box office, such as Akshay Kumar’s performance that legendary Australian pacer Glenn McGrath reportedly claimed that he wanted the Indian actor to play him when there was a biopic made on him.
‘Brothers’ featured Siddharth Malhotra as well.
Akshay Kumar featured in a sports drama by director Karan Malhotra (of Agneepath fame) that revolved around Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). The movie showcased the travel of two brothers, Kumar and Siddharth Malhotra, that are professional MMA fighters. Akshay Kumar’s character evolves from an amateur street fighter into a professional one amidst an emotional turmoil. The film was moderately successful, having accumulated $100 crore global. The film also starred Jacqueline Fernandez, Jackie Shroff and Shefali Shah having a special appearance from Kareena Kapoor.