Akshay Kumar might be ruling Bollywood today along with the Khans and Hrithik Roshan, but he had to come a long way to prove himself. Rajiv Hari-Om Bhatia aka Akshay Kumar started out as a chef in Bangkok, where someone sugested him to take up modelling because of his good looks. Soon offers started pouring in and the martial arts trained actor shocked and surprised everyone by doing his own death defying stunts. He was popular for his Khiladi series and after dating a string of his co-stars including the diva Rekha, and Raveena Tandon, he married his co-star Twinkle Khanna in 2001, wih whom he has a son Araav. Akshay proved himself in action roles, then went on to play intense characters in movies like Jaanwar, Dhadkan and Sangharsh, before establishing himself as a comic actor in Hera Pheri, Garam Masala etc. Last year he gave four successive hits with Namaste London, Heyy Babyy, Bhool Bhulaiya and Welcome. Bored of comedy roles, he is going back to action genre with his forthcoming projects Singh Is King and Chandni Chowk To China!