After the release of Hera Pheri in 2000, Akshay became more popular as a comedy hero, he then starred in a number of comedy films, like Awara Paagal Deewana (2002), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004) and Garam Masala (2005), which succeeded at the box office. In 2006, he starred in a sequel to Hera Pheri titled Phir Hera Pheri that was a huge success. He continued to experiment with roles playing the shy guy in Jaan-E-Mann and a stage actor in Bhagam Bhag.
Namastey London opposite Katrina Kaif, a pair that would prove to be super-popular won him a Best Actor nomination at Filmfare. His next release was Heyy Babyy by debut director Sajid Khan—the surprise hot of the year. Bhool Bhulaiyaa, a comedy combined horror film had him play a renowned doctor. Welcome, starring Akshay opposite Katrina Kaif again, was the big super-success of the year Then came Tashan which flopped miserably, though Akshay's performance as Bachchan Pande was hugely entertaining. But he made up lost ground with his second release, Singh is Kinng. The film has become a huge hit and broke all records. The coming year 2009 is going to be an action packed year for him with his string of releases coming up.
Chandni Chowk to China - The film is the first Bollywood film to be shot in China. Directed by Nikhil Advani. It is produced by Rohan Sippy and Warner Brothers. It is said to be semi- autobiographical film portraying actor Akshay Kumar's life. In this film Akki has done numerous stunts making use of his training in martial arts. A scene on the Great Wall of China was captured.
Khambaqt Ishq - directed by Sabir Khan and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone will be appearing in cameo, reportedly playing himself. Kareena Kapoor was signed on to play the female lead. Akshay is playing a stuntman to Hollywood actors like Sylvester Stallone. He is said to have performed various stunts within the film as he goes about protecting his boss.
Blue - Is an action film that shot mostly underwater. In this film Akshay Kumar has done stunts with sharks. The film has been shot extensively in Bahamas and Bangkok.
Eight by Ten - It's a thriller directed by Nagesh Kukunoor. In this film Akshay has an extraordinary super power that allows him to predict the future of any person. He can actually see when that person can die. Last month in Cape Town, Akshay shot several scenes that involved jumping down a mountain valley. Ayesha Takia is cast opposite Akki in this film.
Akshay Kumar the 'Khiladi' in Bollywood was well known for his string of hits. He carried on the action hero image for almost a decade, but once it started getting monotonous for the audiences, he reinvented his image as a comic actor, which worked wonders for him in Bollywood