Akshay Kumar at 51: From Khiladi to poster boy of patriotism

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]ts Akshay Kumar’s 51st birthday today! Starting his career with Saugandh in 1991, today Khiladi Kumar is probably the most successful and consistent actor in Bollywood. Over the course of recent years his works have been focused to spread awareness on a range of social issues and invoke patriotism in the minds and hearts of the audience.

We bring it to you his most celebrated patriotic works that felt us proud of being an Indian in cinemas!

  1. Holiday: A soldier is never off duty (2014)
    It is a remake of Murugadoss’ acclaimed Tamil film Thuppakki (2012). The film released on  June 6, becoming the biggest net grosser of the first half of 2014. The movie was reported to be one of the best thrillers to come out of Bollywood. It was also reported that Akshay Kumar’s career took a new turn in terms of story selection and box office success with this movie.

2. Baby: Duty above everything (2015)

Neeraj Pandey directed Baby was a classic Akshay Kumar action-packed thriller that revolved around the sacrifices our spies have to bear to make sure that our country is safe at all times. The movie had a number of quintessential scenes but probably the most celebrated one was ‘Religion wale column mei hum bold aur capital mei Indian likhte hain’

3. Gabbar Is Back: Handling corruption in style (2015)

Gabbar Is Back has been probably one of the most emotional piece of work on a grave socio-economic problem in the country — corruption. The film in a detailed plot shows the grave effects of corruption in this country and how the protagonist (Gabbar) fights all odds around him. Its most remarkable scene was its climax when Akshay Kumar cites reasons as to why the youth should fight against corruption.


4. Airlift: Those goosebumps! (2016)

Probably his most breath-taking work, when it comes to patriotism as a cinematic genre. The film dates back to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait and the condition of Indian immigrants trapped in a bloody war between the two Arab countries.

The chills it gave when the Indian flag was hoisted in the Jordanian airport will forever be felt whenever we discuss this film.

5. Rustom: Representing the white uniform with pride (2016)

The film is based on the real life incident of Naval Officer KM Nanavati and dates back to the late 1950s. The story revolves around a Parsi Indian Naval Officer Rustom Pavri (Akshay Kumar), who is happily married to Cynthia Pavri (Ileana D’Cruz). Their marriage hits the rocks when Rustom discovers about his wife’s affair with his friend Vikram Makhija (Arjan Bajwa).

Rustom is shortly accused of murdering Vikram at the latter’s home, as his servant hears three gun shots and rushes to the room, to discover Vikram’s body in a pool of blood and Rustom walking away with the pistol in his hand. Rustom immediately surrenders to the police and Inspector Vincent Lobo (Pavan Malhotra) starts the investigation.

What happens next is the reason why Akshay Kumar recieved National Award for Best Actor.

6.Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017)

Hailing the government’s vision of building a toilet in every household in India, Akshay Kumar used this film to promote cleanliness and give it back to feudal mindset on a mass scale. The film is a satirical comedy in support of governmental campaigns to improve sanitation conditions in India, with an emphasis on the eradication of open defecation, especially in rural areas.

7. Padman: Sanitary napkin for every woman (2018)

It is based on the short story “The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land” in Twinkle Khanna’s book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad, which is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu who introduced low-cost sanitary pads. The film was released theatrically on February 9, this year.

8. Gold: The golden age of Indian hockey (2018)

Dating back to the initial days of Indian independence, the movie takes us back to the golden days of Indian hockey when we won gold in the 1948 Summer Olympics — the efforts, hardwork and sacrifice put in that one gold by one man is what is this film all about!

Probably the best dialogue in the entire movie which completely moved the audience was this!

Special mention:

Even though Namaste London (2007) was not essentially a patriotic film, a dialogue from the film by film did striek the right chords of patriotism and give us goosebumps of pride.