Yes, the superstar Khiladi may be Bollywood’s seedha-saadha Akshay but in real face, he’s Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia, from Chandni Chowk.
During the promotion of Naam Shabana, actor Akshay Kumar said that actor Kumar Gaurav is responsible for his name change. When a fan asked Akshay what made him do it, he replied
No one has ever asked me this question. My first film was Aaj (1987) which was directed by Mahesh Bhatt and starred Kumar Gaurav. The name of Gaurav’s character was Akshay. I had a 4.5 second role in it and I would only observe Gaurav and his acting. I don’t know what happened but one day I just went to the court and got my name changed
I don’t know why I changed my name …. I just went to the Bandra East court and got it done. Main kucch bhi nahi tha us time pe phir bhi maine visiting card banwaye. Then I went out to get work, time was in my favour, and I got films after that