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When the gossip columns refer to the "Playboy," everyone knows who they're talking about: Rajesh Bhatia, who under the screen name 'Akshay Kumar' has created equal fame for his daring stuntwork and his freewheeling love life.
A trained judo, taekwando, and karate expert, Akshay began to take martial arts classes as a young boy living in Singapore. Later he moved to Bombay, where he took a job as a marital arts instructor. A student successfully recommended him for a modeling job, bringing his face to the attention of industry movers and shakers, and the rest is history -- albeit a very messy one.
rapid-fire string of affairs quickly set gossip columns afire
and left several women muttering viciously to the press about
his poor treatment of them. Those he has been linked to include
Pooja Batra, Ayesha Jhulka, Raveena
Tandon (to whom he was briefly engaged, and who briefly retired
from films for him), Mahima
Choudhary, and Shilpa
Shetty. Rumor has it that he was still dating Shilpa when
he fixed on the woman he would later marry: Twinkle Khanna, daughter
of screen legend Dimple Kapadia and a well-known actress in her
However, recent gossip focuses more on his chivalry than seductions. At a Diwali party in 2002, he exchanged blows with Shakti Kapoor, after, Shakti claims, Shakti caught him cheating at cards. Akshay has another version of the story for the January 2003 issue of Filmfare Magazine: "Shakti was an uninvited guest at the party. He was using foul language and it was embarrassing because there were so many ladies present. He was so drunk he couldn't even stand up straight. All I did was give him a slight shove and he was down on the floor. If he says he saw me cheating at cards, he's lying. He was so drunk he didn't know what he himself was doing. I regret even touching him. Later I asked myself why I even wasted my energy on a drunk. Anyway it's too late for regrets now."
Shakti replies, "Akki was cheating in the game. I told him not to do it. He pushed me and I fell. He did not slap me. I left the party after that because I didn't want it to get ugly. Akki's still a friend though we haven't spoken after this incident." Filmfare itself takes a stand on the issue: "Akshay Kumar is certainly in no mood to speak to Shakti Kapoor. He showed us an expletive-filled SMS that Shakti sent him the morning after the incident. Sorry, we can't reproduce it--we don't want to get arrested!" (Filmfare, Jan. 2003)
If Akshay is telling the truth, it seems that this knight is well on the way to polishing his once-tarnished armor.