Akshay Kumar turned 50 on Saturday, September 9 and is scaling a golden mile in his career as well. Akshay Kumar starrer Toilet: Ek Prem Katha became Kumar's highest grossing film ever, taking over Rowdy Rathore.
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha now has a collection of Rs. 133.60 crores, whereas, Rowdy Rathore's box office collection till date sums up to about Rs. 131 crores.
Akshay Kumar for the longest period of time has been known as the 'Khiladi' of the industry infamous for his action packed- masala movies like Rowdy Rathore, Khiladi 786 and Boss. And then 'Baby' happened which was not only appreciated by the audience but also went down well with the critics, his adversaries for the longest of time.
With the help of Anupam Kher and Rana Daggubati, he battled with terrorism in Baby (2015). What followed it was his journey to serve his country via his films. After Baby came Gabbar Is back (2015) which failed miserably at the box office but managed to bring forward the issue of corruption.
Nonetheless, Akshay Kumar was not yet ready to put down his patriotic cap and went on to give Airlift, a 2016 Republic Day release. It had hit the right notes with a perfect blend of patriotism, a larger-than-life hero who rescues one lakh Indians from Kuwait during the Gulf War.
The same year he gave Rustom which was an Independence Day week release, based on the famous KM Nanavati case. Although it highlighted the heavily debated issue between heat-of-the-moment and pre-mediated murder, Kumar convincingly played Rustom Pavri who chose his country over his wife, played by Ileana D'Cruz, to save the Indian Navy from procuring a faulty carrier. He won the coveted National Film Award for his role.With this movie, Akshay Kumar put his stamp on Republic Day and Independence Day releases.
The 'Khiladi' now is rechristened as Bharat Kumar of the industry.
After dealing with the difficult issues of fake encounters and Kashmir crisis in Jolly LLB 2 (2017), he took a vow to end open-defecation with Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, which was made tax free in BJP states for pushing Narendra Modi's 'Swachch Bharat Abhiyan' campaign.
Akshay Kumar is not stopping anytime soon. In his next, he will be seen dealing with pads and periods in R.Balki's Padman based on Padma Shri recipient and social worker Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented a low-cost sanitary napkin making machine.And then he will go on to ensure a Gold for India in its first Olympics post-Independence, the poster of which he posted on Twitter on his birthday, with the caption, "Every cloud has a silver lining but with your love, my clouds got a lining of gold. As my age turns gold, here’s the poster of a film close to my heart."