The Airlift actor, who has completed 25 years in Bollywood, started his B-Town journey with Saugandh (1991),not many know that the actor’s first appearance on the silver screen was in film-maker Mahesh Bhatt’s 1987 film Aaj. He played a karate instructor in the movie and had a 10-second role which starred Kumar Gaurav in the lead role. However, there is an interesting story behind Rajiv Bhatia becoming Akshay Kumar.

Yet, this was the time when Rajiv got his screen name Akshay. A source close to Akshay quoted to a daily saying, “His name, Akshay, has a direct connection with his first-ever film. Gaurav’s (Kumar Gaurav) name in the movie was Akshay. Rajiv loved the name so much that he decided to be known to the world as Akshay Kumar and adapted it as his screen name. And that’s how Bollywood got it’s very own Khiladi, Akshay Kumar. Although the Bollywood star loves his birth name, Rajiv, he felt that Akshay would be a more suitable name for his hero avatar in Bollywood.