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Overview (2)

Born in Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Akshaye Khanna was born in Mumbai in 1975. He is the middle son of Bollywood actor and politician Vinod Khanna, and the younger brother of actor Rahul Khanna.

After studying in Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute in Mumbai, Khanna made his acting debut in Bollywood in 1997 with the movie Himalay Putra, which went without much success at box office. His performance in his next release, J. P. Dutta-directed Border (1997), earned him the Filmfare Best Debut Award and a nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1998. After that a string of unsuccessful films followed such as Mohabbat (1997), Kudrat (1998), Laawaris (1999), Love You Hamesha (1999) and Dahek: A Burning Passion (1999). In 1999, he starred in Rishi Kapoor's Aa Ab Laut Chalen; though the film did average business, he was praised for his acting in this film. He next starred in the 1999 release of Subhash Ghai's Taal opposite Aishwarya Rai. The film became a critical and commercial success. In 2001, Khanna appeared in Farhan Akhtar's cult classic Dil Chahta Hai which turned out to be a turning point in his career; the film was a commercial and critical success and Khanna's performance was particularly applauded, later validated by first Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2002. Also, the film launched both Akshaye Khanna and Saif Ali Khan's careers. In 2002, Khanna appeared in a Abbas-Mustan thriller Humraaz; his role as a convincing con-artist in this film earned him much critical acclaim, and a nomination for a Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role. Khanna then plunged into the comedy genre with Priyadarshan's Hungama (2002) and Hulchul (2004) that became box office hits. After acting in a string of unsuccessful and lukewarm box-office films like Shaadi Se Pehle (2006), Aap Ki Khatir (2006), Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love (2007), Mere Baap Pehle Aap (2008), Gandhi, My Father (2007), and Naqaab (2007), Khanna appeared in the 2008 release Race. The Abbas-Mustan's thriller was the fourth highest-grossing Bollywood film in 2008 and Khanna's performance in a negative role brought him couple of awards in the Best Villain category. However, Khanna's portrayal of Harilal Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's eldest son, in the critically acclaimed 2007 film Gandhi, My Father that is unanimously acknowledged his best performance yet as an actor. In 2010, he starred in Anees Bazmee's No Problem, co-starring with Sanjay Dutt, Anil Kapoor and Kangna Ranaut.[12] His later releases did not fare well at the box office but his performances in Aakrosh (2010) and Tees Maar Khan (2010) were well-received by critics and audiences alike.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tariq I. Samy

Family (2)

Parents Talyarkhan, Gitanjali
Vinod Khanna
Relatives Khanna, Coomi Khanna (cousin)
Rahul Khanna (sibling)
Kapoor, Gautam (cousin)
Khanna, Karan (cousin)
Kapur, Akhil (cousin)

Trivia (54)

Son of actor Vinod Khanna
Brother of Rahul Khanna
Favourite director is Priyadarshan.
Considers his best work to be Gandhi, My Father (2007).
Was engaged to actress Tara Sharma.
Good friends with actor Anil Kapoor.
He did full justice to his role in Farhan Akhtar's Dil Chahta Hai (2001) as the sensitive and reserved artist Siddarth who falls in love with an older woman. His performance won him the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award.
His good friends in the industry include Aishwarya Rai, Saif Ali Khan Kareena Kapoor, Amir Khan, Ayesha Takia, Sanjay Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit.
Close friends with actress Priyanka Chopra and Arshad Warsi.
Cousin to Bollywood actors Gautam Kapoor, Karan Khanna, Akhil Kapur.
Had signed Deepa Mehta's " Earth" but was replaced by Aamir Khan.
Former brother in law of actress Suman Raganathan. ( She was married to his cousin Gautam Kapur).
Feroz Khan had signed Akshaye Khanna and Mamta Kulkarni for Prem Aggan in 1995.Feroz decided to shelve the film aand start Janasheen with the same starcast. When Fardeen Khan decided to turn actor, he shelved the film and decided to revive Prem Aggan in 1996.Years later Feroz restarted Janasheen with Fardeen Khan and Celina Jaitly.
Step cousin of actor Ishaan Pohoomal. Ishaan is Vinod Khanna's nephew thru marriage. Ishaan s mother and Kavita Khanna are sister's.
When Amol Gupte scripted Taare Zameen Par , he wanted Akshaye Khanna for Aamir Khan's role.
Starred in the shelved film, Arshee Films " Fighter"(1997). Starring Akshaye Khanna (Replaced Saif Ali Khan),Twinkle Khanna (Replaced Sanjuktaa Singh), Suresh Oberoi, Mukesh Rishi, Gulshan Grover, Ishrat Ali. Music by Viju Shah,Produced by T.P.Agarwal, Diirected by Sanjay Gupta. Reels:1.
Starred in Rajat Rawail's shelved film " Deewana Tere Naam Ka" co starring Karishma Kapoor, Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Satish Shah, Bindu. This was in 1997.
Starred in Robin Bhatt's shelved film " Agar Tum Na Aate". Co starring Twinkle Khanna, Danny Denzongpa, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Mukesh Rishi, Vishwajeet Pradhan. This was in 1996.
Starred in Farhan Akhtar's directorial shelved film " Voice From The Sky" . A period film set in Calcutta 1905. The film was about the invention of the telephone. Farhan shelved the film and started Don 2.
Starred in shelved film Sawan Kumar Productions "Souten Ki Souten" (1996) Starring Akshaye Khanna,Manisha Koirala, Mamta Kulkarni, Bhagyashree. Story by Javed Siddique, Music by Jatin Lalit. Produced and Directed by Sawan Kumar Tak. The film earlier was being made in 1989 with Jeetendra, Jaya Pradha and Madhavi.
Was signed for Pahlaj Nihalani's " Uljhan". He also shot a song for the film. Akshaye had signed the film when Raveena Tandon was to play the lead role. When Deepti Bhatnagar was signed, Vinod Khanna advised Akshaye to drop out of the film because Deepti looked too old for Akshaye. When he left the film, Pahlaj Nihalani retained the song shot for Uljhan and used it in " Bhai Bhai".
Starred in Anees Bazmee's shelved film " Autograph". Co starring Urmila, Music by A.R.Rahman. This was to be the remake of the super hit Tamil film "Autograph" in 2005.
Was signed for John Abrham's role in Zinda but opted out due to money matters.
Starred in shelved movie Navdeep Singh's "Basra" (2009). Starring Akshaye Khanna,Fardeen Khan,Madhavan, Chitrangada Singh,Shahana Goswami. Music by Kailash Kher, Produced by Nikhil Advani. Madhavan was then replaced by Emraan Hashmi. The film went thru delays and Akshaye and Emraan both opted out. Fardeen also left the film. Abhay Deol was then signed for Akshaye's role and Nikhil Dwivedi for Emraan's role. Abhay was also to produce the film. After further financial problems, the film was finally shelved.
Starred in Darmesh Darshan's shelved film " Gusthaki Maaf" co starring Amitabh Bachchan, Shahid Kapoor, John Abraham. N .R. Pachishia shelved the film after Aap Ke Khatir flopped.
Starred in Milind Soman shelved home production " Miya Biwi Aur TV". Co starring Urmila Matondkar, Directed by Parvati Balagopalan This was in 2003.
Starred in Nikhil Advani's shelved film " Chand Bhai" opposite Vidya Balan. This was in 2011.
Akshaye was going to star in the film " Made in India" directed by father Vinod Khanna. After Himalay Putra flopped, the film was shelved.
Starred in the shelved movie Arshee Films "Fighter" (1997) Starring Akshaye Khanna (Replaced Saif Ali Khan), Twinkle Khanna (Replaced Samyukta Singh),Suresh Oberoi,Ishrat Ali,Mukesh Rishi,Gulshan Grover, Music by Viju Shah, Produced by TP Aggarwal, Directed by Sanjay Gupta.
Starred in the shelved film, Crown Films,"Untitled Project" (1997) Starring Akshaye Khanna, Karishma Kapoor,Sharad Kapoor. Music by Rajesh Roshan,Produced by Asoo Nihalani,Raj Lalchandani, Directed by Lateef Binny.
Mother Gitanjali Talyarkhan was a former model in Bombay.
In 1995 Akshaye was involved with a girl named Neha who left him for his cousin Karan Khanna.
During the making of the shelved film Sanam O Sanam, producer , director Barkha Roy ( Reena Roy' sister) approached dad Vinod Khanna with a request . Barkha wanted to launch her 25 year old sister Anju opposite the 18 year old Akshaye Khanna. Vinod thought she was crazy because Akshaye was too young for films and too young to work opposite Anju.
Vinod Khanna had promised J.P. Dutta that he would be the one to launch Akshaye Khanna into films. Later the plans were dropped when Vinod decided to make the film himself.
In 1994, Akshaye Khanna was signed by producer Nitin Manmohan in a film to be directed Mukul Anand. The plans were all dropped.
Starred in the shelved movie New Age Productions "Chupa Hain Kya Dil Mein" (1998) Starring Jackie Shroff,Arshad Warsi (Replaced Akshaye Khanna),Mamta Kulkarni,Sharbani Mukherjee,Poppy,Suresh Oberoi,Milind Gunaji, Music by Aadesh Srivastava, Produced by Furqan Ahmed,Kamal Zaman,Directed by Parto Ghosh.
There was talk of Vinod Khanna and Akshaye Khanna coming together for a film with Mukul Anand in 1995.
Vinod Khanna's cousin Coomi Khanna Bhasin is married to Harry Bhasin. Their son Akash Bhasin is a stand up comic in the USA.
In 1996, Vinod Khanna was planning on a second film with son Akshaye with Partho Ghosh as the director. He wanted Lisa Ray as the heroine. The film was dropped after Himalay Putra flopped.
Was signed for Khakee but later replaced by Tusshar Kapoor.
Was offered Kaante but declined the role. It was later done by Lucky Ali.
Offered Vivek Oberoi's role in Kurbaan.
Turned down Saif Ali Khan's role in Parineeta.
In 1995, Compact Disc India Ltd was going to produce a film and signed Akshaye Khanna. Sanjay Khanna was signed to direct the film. The project was eventually shelved.
In 1995, Akshaye Khanna signed J.P. Dutta's "Jhelum". It was to he made over the years with different actors. Sunny Deol, Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Sunil Shetty. All were signed for the lead role at one point or the other. The film was eventually never made.
Offered Kisna but declined the film for unknown reason's.
In January 1997, Subhash Ghai had signed Anil Kapoor,Manisha Koirala and Akshaye Khanna for a film titled "Chori Chori Chupke Chupke" to be directed by Kuku Kohli. The film was previously being made as "Charitra" with Jackie Shroff, Manisha Koirala and Urmila Matondkar. The film was shelved eventually.
When Madhur Bhandakar left the film Black and White ,TV Serial director Sushil Patani (Kashmeer TV serial) was signed to direct the film. Akshaye Khanna was signed for the terrorist role and Hrishita Bhatt opposite him. All plans were eventually scrapped and Subhash Ghai took over as director. Subash gave the role to Anurag Sinha.
In 2005 , Feroz Khan launched a new movie " Shaadi.com". To be produced by Feroz Khan and Directed by Hansal Mehta Starring Fardeen Khan, Celina Jaitley and Paresh Rawal. The film was shelved a few months later. Hansal Mehta had earlier tried to make a different film with the same title with Saif Ali Khan and Tabu. Akshaye Khanna was also approached for the lead role in the film. Both times the original producer's backed out due to actors bad market.
Declined Anuj's role in Chingaari (2006).
Starred in the shelved movie Shri Ashtavinayak Cine Visions "One Way Ticket"(2008) Starring Anil Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna, Produced by Dhillin Mehta, Directed Neeraj Vohra.
Declined the shelved film "Sandhya". Rakesh Bapat was then signed.
Starred in the shelved film Goldie Films untitled movie in 1995. Starring Akshaye Khanna, Namrata Shirodkar, Kumar,Story by Rajiv Kaul Praful Parekh, Music by Anu Malik,Produced by Poonam Sharma, Directed by K. Ravi Shankar.
Starred in the shelved movie R A R Movies untitled movie in 1996. Starring Akshaye Khanna, Karishma Kapoor, Manek Bedi, Music by Rajesh Roshan,Produced by Asoo Nihalani, Raj Lalchandani,Ranjeet Herma, Directed by Sanjay Gupta.

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