The 12 FIRSTS With Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar's many collaborations with first-time directors have earned him more hits than misses over the years.
Akshay Kumar, whose new film Entertainment is going strong at the box office, has transformed into a maverick of sorts when it comes to recognising new talent.
While writer duo Sajid-Farhad made their directorial debut with Entertainment, Kumar's next film, Gabbar, scheduled for release early next year, has been helmed by another newcomer named Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi (Krish).
So how successful are Akki's collaborations with debutant directors? We take a look:
Ashish R Mohan -- Khiladi 786
Akshay Kumar revisited his Khiladi moniker with this 2012 hit.
The film was met with mixed reviews but was a huge hit with the audience.
Box office collections: Rs 65 crore
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Image: Akshay Kumar with Asin in Khiladi 786
Sajid Khan-- Heyy Babyy
Akshay Kumar has given three successes in a row with Sajid Khan.
Their journey started with Heyy Babyy, which was Sajid's feature length directorial debut (he had first directed a part of Darna Zaroori Hai).
The film was a hit and the actor-director jodi went on to deliver successful comedies like Housefull and Housefull 2.
Box office collections: Rs 50 crore
Image: Riteish Deshmukh, Akshay Kumar and Fardeen Khan in Heyy Babyy
Sabbir Khan -- Kambakkht Ishq
Sabbir Khan-directed Kambakkth Ishq was Akshay Kumar's biggest opening film ever with a debutant.
A stylishly packaged film with snazzy promos and chart topping music, Kambakkth Ishq was also one of the most expensive films ever made by producer Sajid Nadiadwala.
The film was panned by critics but managed to stretch to the 50-crore mark, courtesy its very good opening.
Box office collections: Rs 50 crores
Image: Akshay Kumar with Kareena Kapoor in Kambakkht Ishq
Rohit Dhawan -- Desi Boyz
Desi Boyz did impressive business considering it was director Rohit Dhawan's first film.
Dhawan and Akshay had been toying with a few story ideas, out of which, this adult comedy made its way to the screens.
Box office collections: Rs 46 crores
Image: John Abraham and Akshay Kumar in Desi Boyz
Anthony D'Souza - Blue
Touted as the most expensive film ever on its release, Blue was a highly anticipated film.
First time director Anthony D'Souza showed that he had flair for technique and brought in some of the best action sequences ever seen in a Bollywood flick.
The film saw a huge opening at the box office but rounded off its box office stint as an average fare.
Box office collections: Rs 40 crores
Image: Akshay Kumar in Blue
Vijay Krishna Acharya - Tashan
If not for the disagreement between Yash Raj Films and multiplexes, Tashan would have done better than it did at the box office.
Though the film wasn't any great shakes, Akshay was clearly the best thing about this multistarrer.
Moreover, debutant director Vijay Krishna Acharya showcased his keen eye for style, and went on to direct last year's blockbuster action film Dhoom 3.
Box office collections: Rs 40 crores
Image: Akshay Kumar in Tashan
Shirish Kunder - Jaan-e-Mann
When Jaan-e-Mann was announced, it created a lot of buzz since it starred Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan as leads.
With Sajid Nadiadwala sparing no expenses, debutant director Shirish Kunder got a huge canvas to incorporate an experimental narrative in this love triangle.
The film unfortunately flopped due to its face-off with Shah Rukh Khan starrer Don.
Box office collection: Rs 27 crores
Image: Akshay Kumar and Preity Zinta in Jaan-e-Mann
Vipul Shah - Aankhen
A close friend of Akshay's, director-producer Vipul Shah has been collaborating with the actor for over a decade now.
It all started with Aankhen, a heist thriller.
The film was a hit and the duo went on to work together on Waqt, Namastey London, Singh Is Kinng, Action Replayy and Holiday.
Box office collection: Rs 18 crores
Image: Bipasha Basu and Akshay Kumar in Aankhen
Neeraj Vora - Khiladi 420
Khiladi 420 came at the time when Akshay was looking at extending his winning streak with the Khiladi franchise.
The film had wonderful promos and a terrific first half.
However, the second half proved to be a spoiler, hence resulting in the film's downfall.
Akshay's dare devil stunts are still remembered though.
Box office collections: Rs crore 3.5 crores
Image: Akshay Kumar and Mahima Chaudhary in Khiladi 420
Naresh Malhotra - Yeh Dillagi
If Akshay worked with a first time director in Yash Raj's Tashan, he had agreed to do the same with the production house's Yeh Dillagi too before that.
Akshay won hearts with his restrained act in the film.
Box office collections: Rs 3.5 crores
Image: Movie poster of Yeh Dillagi
Guddu Dhanoa - Elaan
At a time when action films promised good returns at the box office, debutant director Guddu Dhanoa-helmed Elaan came out.
This Akshay starrer actioner was a box office success too.
Collection: Rs 2.5 crore
Image: Movie poster of Elaan