Khiladi movie starring Akshay Kumar, Deepak Tijori, Sabeeha and Ayesha Jhulka is celebrating glorious 28 years today. The movie released on June 5, 1992, under the profound direction of Mustan Burmawalla and Abbas Burmawalla. This romantic movie was one of the most-loved films of 1992 and received an overwhelming response from the audience at the box-office. The film also gave Akshay Kumar the famous 'Khiladi' tag which has stuck with him till date. As it marks 28 years of successful completion in Bollywood the entire cast and crew is on cloud nine.
Abbas Mastan took to their Twitter account and tweeted a throwback picture with actor Akshay Kumar while filming the movie. He captioned it, “Dear @akshaykumar, Today it’s 28 years since the release of Khiladi, our first film together. Feeling nostalgic. Remembering the entire team specially @iamjohnylever bhai.” In no time Akki gave a prompt reply to this tweet and said, “How can I forget Abbas Mustan bhai...it’s not just a film for me but a stepping stone in my career, a title which is now synonymous with me. Thank you for giving me #Khiladi”
But let’s deep dive into some unknown facts about this movie as it completes its 28 years of release:
How can I forget Abbas Mustan bhai...it’s not just a film for me but a stepping stone in my career, a title which is now synonymous with me. Thank you for giving me #Khiladi 🙏🏻 https://t.co/VEpiUBpQyu— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) June 5, 2020
Khiladi was the first installment of the franchise: Akshay Kumar played the character of Rajveer aka Raj Malhotra and pulled off the role really well and his image changed overnight. But do you know, after this movie itself he was offered the other installments of the franchise like Sabse Bada Khiladi, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi, Mr and Mrs Khiladi, Khiladi 420 and Khiladi 786? Well, his Khiladi series started only after Khiladi.
The first hit of Akshay Kumar’s career: Yes, you heard it right! Akshay Kumar must be the most successful actor now, but the unknown fact is that Akki’s debut Saugandh had boobed at the box-office making Khiladi the first hit film of his career.
Khiladi was inspired by Khel Khel Mein: Khiladi was inspired by Khel Khel Mein starring Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor. The movie was released in 1975. (ALSO READ: Akshay Kumar Rubbishes Reports Of Booking A Charter Flight For His Sister, Threatens Legal Action: ‘She Hasn’t Travelled Anywhere Since Lockdown’)
Akshay Kumar was not the first choice for Khiladi: Reportedly, Akki was not the first official choice of the movie. The first offer was made to actor Arbaaz Khan who had denied playing the role as he wanted to make his debut with brother Sohail Khan’s home production Ram. That’s how Akshay bagged the role and rest is history.
Last, but not the least, Deepak Tijori took the credit for the success of movie: Deepak Tijori who gave a stellar performance in the movie as Boney went on to say publicly that because of him the movie was a hit and as per him there had been no other reason for this massive success of Khiladi.
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