The Khiladi turned comedy king: 10 hilarious characters played by Akshay Kumar's that are still very much a part of pop culture!

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On Akshay Kumar's birthday, let's celebrate him by remembering some of the most iconic comedy roles he's played! 

In the grand tapestry of Bollywood, where emotions run deep and drama takes center stage, one actor has consistently stood out as the master of joy, the king of laughs, and a comedy leader. While he initially gained fame as the "Khiladi" for his action-packed roles, it's his mastery over comedy that has made him so loved by audiences worldwide. Yes, we're talking about Akshay Kumar! He's one of the few Bollywood stars who not only excels in action and drama but has made millions of people laugh with his hilarious roles. He has a natural flair for comedy and can effortlessly switch from serious to funny. He has starred in some of the most successful and popular comedy films in Indian cinema like Hera Pheri, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Garam Masala, Welcome, Singh Is Kinng, Housefull, and Good Newwz. 

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Check out some of his characters that we've loved!

Raju - Hera Pheri

With Hera Pheri, Akshay Kumar began a new chapter in his career as a comedy star. He played Raju, a charming but unlucky renter, who got involved in a hilarious adventure with his co-tenants Paresh Rawal and Suniel Shetty. The film was a masterpiece of humor, thanks to Akshay Kumar’s flawless delivery of jokes and witty dialogues.

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Sameer - Mujhse Shaadi Karogi

Here, he played Sameer, a hopeless romantic who often landed in funny troubles. He demonstrated his talent for comedy with his physical gags and hilarious dialogues. The film was full of comic absurdities and Akshay’s lively performance made audiences laugh out loud.

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Dr. Aditya - Bhool Bhulaiyaa

Kumar played Dr. Aditya, a psychiatrist who had to solve the riddles of a spooky mansion, in this comic thriller. He gave a mysterious performance that blended humor and suspense, and his skill to shift smoothly between comedy and drama kept the audience hooked and entertained throughout.

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Happy Singh - Singh is Kinng

Happy Singh was a clumsy but endearing character with a golden heart. His chemistry with Katrina Kaif was another factor that really worked out for the film. Akshay’s lively energy and comic skills made this film a fun-filled entertainer.

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Housefull Series

Akshay starred in the Housefull series which was a comedy extravaganza. The comical situations in the film created hilarious chaos on-screen with co-stars who created a wonderful camaraderie that audiences loved. These films are known for their riotous entertainment and box office success.

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Keshav - Toilet: Ek Prem Katha

Akshay Kumar’s comedy roles are not only hilarious but also socially relevant. He used humor to highlight the issue of sanitation and the lack of toilets in rural India in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha as Keshav. This unique combination of comedy and a social message touched the hearts and minds of audiences and critics alike.

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Rajiv - Welcome 

Rajiv, a guy next door falls in love with Sanjana but the only catch is that she's the sister of a gangster. Stuck between his family and his criminal in-laws, he is caught in a web of lies. The movie is one for the books for many reasons but mainly because of Rajiv venting out his frustration about his bad luck in a manner that made us all laugh. 

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Raju - Phir Hera Pheri

Rarely do we see sequels that do just as well as the first film and Phir Hera Pheri definitely makes it to that list. Akshay revived his iconic character, Raju for the second time around and along with his other two Heri Pheri buddies, gave the audiences another film to remember. 

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Jerry - Desi Boyz

Jerry and Nikhil lose their jobs and have no option but to work as strippers to earn a living that not only tests their friendship but their own love lives as well. Akshay plays Jerry and even at the peak of his career he's never been afraid of sharing screen space with a fellow contemporary while making it a fun watch for the audience as well!

Arush - Heyy Babyy

Akshay played the character of Arush, a carefree bachelor who suddenly had to take care of a baby, in this film. He displayed his character’s transformation from a playboy to a loving father figure that provided ample comedic moments.

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Happy Birthday to the OG comedy king of Bollywood!

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