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Saugandh might be Akshay Kumar's debut as a lead, but this Abbas-Mastaan suspense thriller turned him into a star, while earning him the epithet that he is most associated with.

15 movies that defined Akshay Kumar's career

The millennial Akki might not believe this, but during the 90s, Akshay Kumar was called a non-actor, a 'wooden' hero. The superstar himself has said it quite a few times in his interviews about how critics used to write him off as a performer. Despite the fact that he was quite a popular hero then thanks to his Khiladi series, no one associated him with an actor label. It was also another matter, that Akshay struggled to find a hit in a movie that doesn't have a Khiladi in its title.

That's not the case nowadays. Akshay Kumar is a National Award winner. He is one of the highest-paid actors in the industry. He had got the opportunity to interview the most important person in the country, PM Narendra Modi himself. And he has been delivering hits consistently since 2016, most of them entering the Rs 100 crore club, including his recent Mission Mangal. Akshay Kumar has truly become the Khiladi Kumar of Bollywood box office.

On the superstar's 52nd birthday, we look at 15 movies of the superstar that defined his career in one way or the other.

Text: Latestly