8 Akshay Kumar's real-life-inspired roles

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Patiala House

Akshay Kumar stars in Patiala House, inspired by cricketer Monty Panesar's life and depicting the challenges and triumphs of an aspiring British-Indian cricketer.


In Airlift, Akshay Kumar portrays Ranjit Katyal, based on the real-life businessman who orchestrated the evacuation of Indians from Kuwait during the Gulf War.


Rustom stars Akshay Kumar as Rustom Pavri, inspired by the infamous 1950s K.M. Nanavati case, a pivotal moment in Indian legal history.

Pad Man

Akshay Kumar stars in Pad Man, based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who revolutionised menstrual hygiene in rural India by inventing low-cost sanitary pads.


Kesari sees Akshay Kumar as Havildar Ishar Singh, portraying the bravery and sacrifice of the 21 Sikh soldiers during the historic Battle of Saragarhi.

Samrat Prithviraj

In Samrat Prithviraj, Akshay Kumar embodies the legendary warrior king Prithviraj Chauhan, showcasing his valour and leadership in medieval India.

Mission Raniganj

Mission Raniganj features Akshay Kumar as Jaswant Singh Gill, based on the real-life mining engineer who led a daring rescue operation in the Raniganj Coalfields.


Inspired by G. R. Gopinath's memoir Simply Fly: A Deccan Odyssey, Akshay Kumar's Sarfira tells the adventurous tale of a real-life entrepreneur who revolutionised Indian aviation.