- Akshay's Khiladi released a month after Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander
- Aamir Khan was an established star at that time
- Akshay was only two films old when he auditioned for the role
Akshay Kumar discussed his initial days of struggle with mid-day and revealed how he signed his first three films by a lucky stroke. Akshay said he missed a modelling assignment and later in the day visited a make-up artiste, who worked in producers Pramod Chakravorty's film company. The producer like this portfolio and, "Much to my surprise, he gave me my first cheque, signed me up for three films, immediately. Right away. He gave me a cheque of Rs 5,000, for the first film, Rs 50,000, for second film, and the third cheque had Rs 1.5 lakh on it. It would have been a disaster, if I would have gone to Bangalore (for the modelling assignment). Today, I would be a retired model somewhere. So yes, whatever happens is for the good."
Today, Akshay Kumar is one of Bollywood's top actors. The actor is known for making unconventional films, which are appreciated by the critics and also yield positive box office results. Earlier this year, at the time of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha's release, Variety magazine called Akshay "Bollywood's banker, churning out hit after hit, including Rustom, Airlift and the Jolly LLB franchise."