16 Best Akshay Kumar Movies You Must See

A model turned actor, Akshay Kumar is the quintessential outsider who made it big in the industry solely through his virtues of hard work, discipline, dedication and perseverance. With neither any remote association with a film family nor in tow of any godfather, Akshay has the envious distinction of being a self-made man. One of the busiest and bankable stars, he has gradually climbed up the ladder to cement a firm spot among the numero uno. Akshay’s hard-earned distinction deserves a toast because he achieved it despite being ignored by A-list directors for the longest time.

With a three decade long illustrious career which glitters with quite a few memorable performances, getting a National Award for ‘Rustom’ clearly did a disservice to his craft and undermined his legacy. Nevertheless, here’s the list of top 16 Akshay Kumar movies you must see. Take a look:


16. Dhadkan

Although a slew of action roles in the beginning of his career cemented his position as an unrivalled action star, it also posed a serious threat to his craft since he was typecast as a stuntman-with-nothing-else-to-offer by the industry heavyweights. Akshay’s litmus test came with Dharmesh Darshan who made an unprecedented move by casting the action duo of Akshay-Sunil in an out-and-out romantic drama. Dhadkan was a love triangle in which a girl has to choose between her lover and her family and she gives in to the latter. Akshay played Ram with poise unseen in his previous films and definitively proved that there’s more to him than just punches-and-jibes. The film may now appear to be dated with its over-the-top emotions but it was an instant hit when it released.


15. Ajnabee

Akshay Kumar as a villain

Inarguably, the only good thing about Ajnabee is Akshay’s turn as a villain in it. Ajnabee was an unofficial remake of Alan J Pakula’s 1992 film ‘Consenting Adults’. The director duo of Abbas-Mustan has made their career out of unofficial remakes and inspirations and Ajnabee was one of those. Revolving around an unsolved murder with wife swapping in the backdrop, Ajnabee was a nail-biting thriller even though it had some forgettable performances by rest of the cast members. Akshay was sleek, uncompromising and conniving as Vikram who concocts a mind-boggling labyrinth for monetary gains.
In one of the chase scenes on the ship, he comes across as a possessed individual with an axe in hand, out to claim Priya’s (Kareena) life. The childish “Everything-is-planned” fiasco notwithstanding, Ajnabee was an entertaining thriller which let Akshay showcase the unexplored dimension and made him win several awards for “Best Actor in a Negative Role”.


14. Jolly LLB 2

Rumours were rife that Arshad Warsi was replaced from the sequel to Jolly LLB as the production house insisted on having a more bankable star for the lead role. Akshay sure is the star to put your bets on. But Warsi’s exclusion was so infuriating that I made the mistake of presuming that the sequel would be nothing compared to the original and that Akshay won’t be able to match up to what Arshad Warsi had already done with Jolly. I am glad I was wrong. Jolly LLB2 proved to be a highly entertaining film and did the franchise proud. Akshay played Jagdishwar Mishra a.k.a Jolly from Lucknow who has brains but isn’t getting the breakthrough he needs. To walk up the ladder within no time, he exploits his helpless client without batting an eyelid. Disaster strikes and realisation occurs. Rest is an entertaining courtroom drama of how he exacts justice for his client despite the odds stacked heavily against him. Akshay was an integral cog in a wheel which was already illustrious with craftsmen and theatre stalwarts like Annu Kapoor and Saurabh Shukla.


13. Garam Masala

Can an actor single-handedly do wonders for a film? Garam Masala is a glowing example. Backed by a less-than-average contribution from rest of the cast, Akshay (along with Rajpal Yadav) assumed the entire weight of the film on his shoulders and sailed the ship to shore. As a man juggling three girlfriends, Akshay displayed an impeccable comic timing and made us overlook the glaring casting blunder – John Abraham.


12. Mujhse Shaadi Karogi

Akshay’s “Wicked-Sunny” is the catalyst in this film. Hot-tempered yet innocent Sameer falls for an aspiring fashion designer and makes all possible attempts to woo her. In comes Sunny – an absolute favourite bastard who swears to foil Sameer’s each and every move even before he makes it. Akshay’s humour and badassery in this film are spotless. Directed by David Dhawan, this was a delightful departure from his earlier set of films in terms of style and staging. Shirish Kunder’s stint as an editor on this film stokes a suspicion whether he was just an editor. Speculations aside, MSK is amongst those films whose jokes and situations continue to amuse and as far as “Wicked-Sunny” is concerned, it remains one of the highlights of Akshay’s career.


11. Bhool Bhulaiyaa

The only remake which came quite close to the Malayalam original “Manichitrathazhu”. Although Akshay had a reference point – Mohanlal’s brilliant Dr. Sunny Joseph, the psychologist – he infused his characteristic charisma and impetuosity to the Hindi counterpart Dr. Aditya Srivastava and made it as fresh as a dew drop while being true to its source material. Filling in Mohanlal’s shoes is an act of crushing responsibility but Akshay maintained his self under the weight and delivered a performance which has immense repeat value. The way in which people waited for Mohanlal’s entry into the scheme of things and went berserk after his first glimpse, Akshay’s delayed entry too made the audience desperate in a similar manner. How genuine was his portrayal of a psychologist can be easily known through conversations with our friends from down south who endorse the fact that amongst several remakes, Akshay’s reprisal was the only one which could replicate that magic on screen.

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