Akshay Kumar with the four ‘Housefull 2′ heroines
The September, 1967 born Akshay Kumar, who was actually named Rajeev Hari Om Bhatia, is truly destiny’s child. He is a prime example how one’s hard work and luck can change the fortune and life of one. His story is a veritable rags to riches story.
Akshay was born into a middle class household in Amritsar, Punjab. He grew up in Delhi, but shifted to Mumbai to fulfill his ambitions and therein lies an interesting story of his struggling days, in the tough glamour and film world and is linked to his present residence.
Previously, Akshay used to live with his talented wife, Twinkle Khanna in Andheri(W), in Mumbai, in the Lokhandwala Complex, but he later bought an old Juhu beach side bungalow and converted into one that met his needs.
Why he bought the specific bungalow in Juhu is an interesting story – It goes back to almost twenty three years, when a young Rajeev Hari Om Bhatia, who was looking to work in Bollywood and wanted to get his portfolio made approached top glamour photographer Jayesh Sheth. Unfortunately, Rajeev didn’t have the necessary funds to pay Jayesh, so he requested the photographer to allow him to work as his assistant in lieu of payment for the portfolio shoot. To his joy, Jayesh agreed. Akshay worked with Jayesh for almost a year and a half before the portfolio shoot happened.
For the portfolio shoot, the very same Juhu bungalow was chosen as the outdoor location. The bungalow was at that time in a state of disrepair and deserted looked. Both reached the place, but during one the shots, the watchman of the bungalow who was seriously annoyed about the shooting happening inside the property, shouted and abused them, even while threatening to call the cops ; they were finally shooed off the property!
But, the story has a happy ending because that young struggler, now super star Akshay Kumar, lives in the very same place!
His residence ‘Prime Beach’ finds a mention in Mahatma Gandhi’s autography because the Father of our Nation used to once live at the north end of Juhu Beach in a place now called ‘Gandhi Gram’ when he used to practice law at the Bombay High Court between the late 1800s and early 1900s.