Akshay Kumar was popular in the 90s for back to back action thrillers. His Khiladi series also came out during this time. The series is much like the desi version of James Bond franchise where Akshay is seen in the role of a cop. Here are six iconic movies by the actor in the 90s that one must watch:
Khiladi had reportedly put Akshay Kumar on the map. It was his first biggest hit. Akshay’s boxing skills had been utilised fully by the makers. The movie is about two friends who liked waging bets between themselves. However, one such bet ruins the friendship between them and both try to win it at all costs. Khiladi was the first movie in Akshay’s Khiladi series. The movie stars Ayesha Jhulka, Deepak Tijori and Sabeeha in the lead roles besides Akshay Kumar.
This movie gave Bollywood its iconic song which is also the title track. Besides Akshay Kumar, Main Khiladi Tu Anari also stars Saif Ali Khan, Shilpa Shetty, and Raageshwari. Akshay played the role of an inspector who seeks revenge for the death of his brother. Unfortunately, he also has to deal with an actor, played by Saif Ali Khan, who wishes to add realism to his onscreen role by observing him. This 1994 release was directed by Sameer Malkan.
The movie was a big hit at the box-office and starred Rekha, Raveena Tandon, and Gulshan Grover. Veteran actor Rekha had played the role of a villain for which she had won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. The movie also had quite a bold scene between Rekha and Akshay Kumar. There was reportedly news of Rekha and Akshay dating during filming. Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi is also the first movie to use WWE wrestlers.
Although this movie also belonged to Akshay Kumar’s Khiladi series, it was a rather funny movie. Directed by David Dhawan, the movie starred Juhi Chawla and Paresh Rawal besides Akshay. The story revolves around a man who must impress a wealthy man to marry his daughter and the events that follow. The movie was reportedly Akshay’s first collaboration with both Juhi Chawla and David Dhawan.
The movie stars Preity Zinta and Akshay Kumar in the lead roles where they play a CBI Officer and a Professor respectively. Alia Bhatt made a special appearance in the movie playing a younger version of Preity’s role. Sangharsh reportedly had quite a turmoil with its lead cast. Ajay Devgn and later Shah Rukh Khan was offered the lead role but both refused the part. Even Karisma Kapoor was approached for the film before Preity but the actor had reportedly denied the role. Sangharsh is reportedly the Hindi remake of the Hollywood movie Silence of the Lambs starring Anthony Hopkins.
Barood, released in 1998, did not earn much at the box office. It is even reportedly described as one of Akshay Kumar’s biggest mistakes. However, the reason the movie is on this list of for the death-defying stunts. Even this movie of Akshay is based on a revenge motif and he plays a cop. The movie starred Rakhee Gulzar, Raveena Tandon and Mohnish Bahl besides Akshay.
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