Many actors like Rajesh Khanna, Sridevi, and Dilip Kumar have changed their name before entering Bollywood. Akshay Kumar was born as Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia in Amritsar. He was always interested in learning Martial Arts and so he decided to go learn it in Bangkok. There he would work as a waiter to sustain and pay for his lessons. He hence insists on performing all the professional stunts by himself.
He came up with the name Akshay Kumar while he was working on a movie ‘Aaj’ directed by Mahesh Bhatt in the year 1987. He played a very small part of about 15 seconds as a Martial Art Trainer. The name of the character in the lead role was Akshay which was played by actor Kumar Gaurav. He had mentioned in one of his interviews that he did not know what happened one day but he just went to the Bandra East court and got his name changed. He further said that he did not know why he got his name changed but the time was in his favor and he got a film offer after that.