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Akshay Anand is an Indian actor who appears mainly in Hindi films & television. He was discovered by actor Dev Anand, who cast him to play the protagonist in one of his directorial ventures Hum Naujawan. Anand has acted in numerous films and TV series across multiple languages. Besides acting, he writes stories and screenplays.

Akshay Anand
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Akshay anand filming Zakhm in 1998
Born
India
NationalityIndian
Other namesJohn Gardner
OccupationActor
Spouse(s)Roma Gardner
Children
  • Aayan (Son)
  • Aanaya (Daughter)

Early life and careerEdit

Anand's name at birth was John Gardner[1] and he assumed the name Akshay inspired by his character in his television debut Indradhanush. The name Anand had been given to him by his mentor, actor and director Dev Anand, during his association with Dev Anand while filming Hum Naujawan. He studied economics at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai before getting into acting.[2]

His television debut was made in 1989 with the 13-episode TV series Indradhanush[3] which was based on time travel.

He also mentors at his acting academy, Akshay Anand Acting Academy.[4]. He is also active as producer and director for various web series under the banner Akshay Anand Academy Production.

Personal lifeEdit

Anand is married to Roma Anand. They have two children, son Aayan and daughter Anaaya.[5]

FilmographyEdit

Selected filmsEdit

Year Show Role Notes
1985 Hum Naujawan Johnny Gardner Uncredited
1991 Do Pal
1992 Umar 55 Ki Dil Bachpan Ka
1993 Pyaar Ka Tarana
1995 America America Shashank Kannada film
1996 Hahakaar Rakesh
1996 Aur Ek Prem Kahani Govindram Dinanath Vijaykumar Shastri
1996 Indraprastham Kiran Verma Malayalam film
1997 Tamanna Jugal Chopra
1997 Daava Suraj
1998 Zakhm Anand
1998 Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan David Rathod / Jo Jo Vaswani
1998 Ghulam Harihar Mafatlal
2000 Aaghaaz Harish Patel
2003 23rd March 1931: Shaheed Ram Prasad Bismil
2004 Agnipankh Flight Engineer[6]
2004 Uuf Kya Jaadoo Mohabbat Hai Raj Chaudhry
2011 Ladies vs Ricky Bahl
2012 Student Of The Year
2018 Jaane Kyun De Yaaron Ajay Suryavanshi

TelevisionEdit

Year Show Role Notes
1988 Indradhanush Bala[7] Main cast, all 13 episodes
1997 Teacher Zee TV
1998 Thoda Hai Thode Ki Zaroorat Hai
1999 Gubbare 1 episode
2000-2001 Saamne Wali Khidki Amit DD Metro
2001 Chhoti Maa - Ek Anokha Bandhan Raghu Zee TV
2002-2006 Astitva...Ek Prem Kahani Anil Shourey Zee TV
2005 Kehta Hai Dil SP Aditya Pratap Singh STAR Plus (7 episodes)
2005-2009 Saat Phere Brijesh Pratap Singh Zee TV
2008 Neelanjana Rohit 9X Channel
2009 Basera Aatish NDTV Imagine
2010 Kaali- Ek Agnipariksha STAR Plus
2011 Behenein Jay STAR Plus
2012 Suvreen Guggal - Topper Of The Year Baldev Guggal[8] Channel V
2014-2015 Balika Vadhu Anoop Colors TV
2015 Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani Chandravardhan[9] Zee TV
2017 Kya Qusoor Hai Amala Ka? Viren Asthana STAR Plus
2017 Saam Daam Dand Bhed Prabhat STAR Bharat

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Akshay Anand". nettv4u.com.
  2. ^ ""I am very attached to the characters I play"". indiaforums.com. 10 March 2007.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Story behind Indradhanush: India's first iconic sci-fi TV show". dailyo.in. 7 October 2016.
  4. ^ ""Akshay Anand Acting Academy"".
  5. ^ ""I am very attached to the characters I play"". indiaforums.com. 10 March 2007.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "'Agnipankh' was originally shot as a TV serial!". glamsham.com. 3 December 2003.
  7. ^ "Indradhanush, the sci-fi time travel show was ahead of its time". hindustantimes.com. 4 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Channel [v] launches new show 'Topper of the year: Suvreen Guggal'". bestmediainfo.com. 16 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Drashti Dhami's Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani cast and crew goes to Rajasthan". bollywoodlife.com. 2 June 2015.

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