7 Controversial Love Affairs of Akshay ‘Khiladi’ Kumar
Akshay Kumar, who is also known as ‘Khiladi’ Kumar, has been no less than a Khiladi in his personal life when it comes to his relationships. The biggest action hero of the Hindi film industry has had many love affairs before and after he tied the knot with Twinkle Khanna. Just like his Bollywood films, his personal life has been an interesting affair.
Akshay might be a family man now, but he was quite a casanova back in the day. His liaison with many leading ladies of the industry was fodder for many gossip magazines of the 90s and a matter of speculation till date.
Before he settled down with Twinkle Khanna and became a father of two, Akshay Kumar had love affairs with the following 7 ladies of Bollywood-
The first rumours of the affair between Rekha and Akshay Kumar surfaced in 1996 when the two were shooting for the film ‘Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi’. The rumours were rife that Rekha was quite smitten with the dashing stud Akshay Kumar. This created a rift in Akshay’s relationship with Raveena, who he was dating at the time. Sources reveal that Raveena couldn’t tolerate that Akshay cheated on her with much-older Rekha.
2. Raveena Tandon
For Akshay and Raveena, the foundation of their relationship was an initial friendship that began on the sets of ‘Mohra’ in 1994. They began dating much later in 1995. They dated for almost 3 years. In an interview with Stardust magazine, Raveena revealed that Akshay had promised her marriage after she is done with the shooting for her film. But sadly that never happened for the couple. Raveena was upset with Akshay’s flirty ways as he was linked with his every co-star. She couldn’t go forward with Akshay as for her, loyalty was a must. Hence she ultimately broke up with him for good.
3. Shilpa Shetty
Akshay and Shilpa were only together for a year but their relationship was not a simple one. When Shilpa first met Akshay, she was just 2 films old. Akshay, on the other hand, had already done 15 successful films. They first met on the sets of Main Khiladi Tu Anari where the two hit it off immediately. Their sizzling on-screen chemistry sparked their real-life chemistry. The had only been dating for a year when Shilpa found out that Akshay was cheating on her with Twinkle Khanna. Later, Shilpa accused Akshay of two-timing her and revealed: “When I was with Akshay, I thought it was the ultimate thing to happen and if it came to an end, I would die. Today, when it no longer exists, I feel relieving. Out of sight is out of the mind. When you love someone and all along, you don’t realize that you are being taken for a ride. I never imagined that Akshay would two-time me and that too all along in our relationship. Akshay used me and dropped me when he found someone else. Now, I share a cordial relationship and I’d like to remain that way. There is no animosity between us.”
4. Pooja Batra
If sources are to be believed, Akshay dated Pooja way before he entered the film industry. Pooja was a leading model of that time and Akshay was just starting out. Pooja helped Akshay in making contacts and when he started getting ahead in his career, he moved on from Pooja.
5. Ayesha Jhulka
Akshay and Ayesha both achieved recognition after their superhit film ‘Khiladi’. Their on-screen chemistry and camaraderie soon started making headlines and the duo became the talk of the town. The rumours of their alleged affairs were rife at that time and if sources are to be believed, they really dated for a brief period.
6. Priyanka Chopra
After Akshay tied the knot with Twinkle, it was expected that Akshay will let go of his casanova ways. But that didn’t happen. Just within a few years of their marriage, the rumours of Akshay’s extra-marital affair with his co-star Priyanka started blowing up. The two actors worked together in four films and their explosive on-screen chemistry got the rumour mills churning as many people speculated that the two were involved off-screen, as well. Nobody knows that entire truth but Akshay was given an ultimatum by wifey Twinkle to not work with Priyanka ever again. Surely, there was a spark beneath all that smoke. Don’t you think?
7. Katrina Kaif
Akshay and Katrina Kaif have given many Bollywood Blockbusters together. These two were termed as the lucky-charm jodi of that time as almost every film they did together became successful. Their power-packed on-screen chemistry lead to many speculations about their alleged link-up. Nobody knows the whole truth to this alleged affair.
Despite his many love affairs and link-up rumours, Akshay has been successfully married to Twinkle Khanna since 2001. They have two children, Nitara (5) and Aarav (15).