Why Akshay Kumar changed his original name Rajiv Bhatia? Read this

First Published Dec 2, 2020, 8:53 PM IST

Akshay Kumar changed his name from Rajiv Bhatia to try his luck with a new name

<p>The Khiladi of Bollywood who will be soon seen in Rajinikanth's 2.0 has an interesting story behind changing his original name, from Rajiv Bhatia to Akshay Kumar.</p>

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The Khiladi of Bollywood who will be soon seen in Rajinikanth's 2.0 has an interesting story behind changing his original name, from Rajiv Bhatia to Akshay Kumar.

 

<p>In the movie Aaj, which was directed by Mahesh Bhatt in 1987, Akshay played the character of a Karate instructor and he had only 15-second screen space.</p>

In the movie Aaj, which was directed by Mahesh Bhatt in 1987, Akshay played the character of a Karate instructor and he had only 15-second screen space.

<p>The film featured Raj Babbar, Smita Patil, Raj Kiran and Kumar Gaurav. In the movie, the character name of Kumar Gaurav was Akshay. Impressed by his performance, Akshay decided to have it as his onscreen name.</p>

The film featured Raj Babbar, Smita Patil, Raj Kiran and Kumar Gaurav. In the movie, the character name of Kumar Gaurav was Akshay. Impressed by his performance, Akshay decided to have it as his onscreen name.

<p>And the rest is history. His decision has turned out to be a game-changer for Rajiv Bhatia.</p>

And the rest is history. His decision has turned out to be a game-changer for Rajiv Bhatia.

<p style="text-align: justify;">Akshay Kumar met Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath over dinner on Tuesday in Mumbai, weeks after the CM expressed his intention of creating the country’s ‘biggest’ film city in UP.</p>

Akshay Kumar met Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath over dinner on Tuesday in Mumbai, weeks after the CM expressed his intention of creating the country’s ‘biggest’ film city in UP.