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:
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.