Son of Vinod Khanna
. Not to be confused with Akshay Kumar
. At the age of 22 in 1997, Khanna made his debut in his father's production Himalaya Putra
. His next release was J.P. Dutta's Border
(1997) for which he received a Filmfare Best Debut Award. He then earned acclaim in the movie Taal
. After that he got a Filmfare award for his supporting role in the smash hit Dil Chahta Hai
. A year later Akshaye Khanna put up one of the best performances of his career in the thriller Humraaz
. His role in this film earned him a lot of acclaim he plays a convincing con-artist he got nominated for a filmfare actor in a negative role for this. He then attempted comedy in Priyadarshan's Hungama
, the latter became one of the highest grossing films of 2004.
Nikhil Advani's multi-starrer, Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love
(a Bollywood version of Love Actually
, if you will) was Khanna's first release in 2007. Although much hyped, the film failed to do well. This was followed by the suspense thriller Naqaab
which didn't do that well, although critics praised his acting saying "The movie belongs to Akshaye". Khanna's portrayal of Harilal Gandhi in Gandhi, My Father
was praised by critics and was mentioned as his best performance so far.
Khanna's first release of the year 2008 was Race
in which he again played a negative role.