Akshay Anand

John Gardner (born 30 January 1969), known professionally as 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
Born
John Gardner

(1969-01-30) 30 January 1969 (age 52)
Delhi, India
NationalityIndian
OccupationActor
Years active1985-present
Spouse(s)Roma Gardner

Early life and careerEdit

Anand was born as 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.

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
1996 Hahakaar Rakesh
1996 Aur Ek Prem Kahani Govindram Dinanath Vijaykumar Shastri
1996 Spotboy
1996 Indraprastham Kiran Verma Malayalam film
1997 Tamanna Jugal Chopra
1997 Daava Suraj
1997 America America Shashank Kannada film
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[5]
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
2019 Cabaret Victor (Roza's manager)
2020 Sadak 2

TelevisionEdit

Year Show Role
1989 Indradhanush Balachandran (Bala) Krishnamurthy
1995-2001 Aahat
1997-1998 Chattaan Ajay Raj
1998 Teacher Jatin
1997–1998 Saturday Suspense Arvind Khanna (Episode 1)
Inspector Avinash (Episode 9)
Inspector Avinash (Episode 36)
Inspector Avinash (Episode 58)
1997–1999 Thoda Hai Thode Ki Zaroorat Hai
1999 Gubbare
Zee Horror Show
Rishtey Anand (Episode 52)
Sameer (Episode 55)
Avinash (Episode 79)
Suspense Hour Abhishek (Abhi) Upadhyay (Episode 1)
Rahul Verma (Episode 12)
2000–2001 Saamne Wali Khidki Amit
2000–2001 Choodiyan Meghna's Lover
2001–2002 Choti Maa - Ek Anokha Bandhan Raghu
2002–2003 Achanak 37 Saal Baad Rahul's Father
2002–2006 Astitva...Ek Prem Kahani Anil Shourey
2004 Krishna Arjun Raj Malhotra / Aseem Bose (Episode 98 & Episode 99)
Raat Hone Ko Hai Anil (Episode 13 – Episode 16)
2004–2005 Chi and Me Rahul Saxena
Baal Baal Bacche Akshay
2005 Kehta Hai Dil S.P. Adityapratap Singh
2005–2006 Kkavyanjali Aman Kapoor
2005–2009 Saat Phere: Saloni Ka Safar Brijesh Singh
2007 Viraasat Rohan Lamba
2007–2009 Doli Saja Ke Vikram Kapoor
2008 Neelanjana Rohit
2009 Basera Aatish
2010–2011 Kaali- Ek Agnipariksha Amar
2011 Behenein Jay Mehta
2011–2012 Beend Banoongaa Ghodi Chadhunga Mr. Poddar
2012–2013 Suvreen Guggal - Topper Of The Year Baldev Guggal[6]
2014–2015 Balika Vadhu Anup Shekhar
2015–2016 Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani Kunwar Chandravardhan Singh Deo[7]
2017 Kya Qusoor Hai Amala Ka? Advocate Viren Asthana
Saam Daam Dand Bhed Prabhat Namdhari
2020–2021 Ek Duje Ke Vaaste 2 Devraj Malhotra

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Akshay Anand". nettv4u.com. Archived from the original on 23 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  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. Archived from the original on 23 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Akshay Anand Acting Academy". Archived from the original on 12 April 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  5. ^ "'Agnipankh' was originally shot as a TV serial!". glamsham.com. 3 December 2003. Archived from the original on 23 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Channel [v] launches new show 'Topper of the year: Suvreen Guggal'". bestmediainfo.com. 16 March 2012. Archived from the original on 23 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Drashti Dhami's Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani cast and crew goes to Rajasthan". bollywoodlife.com. 2 June 2015. Archived from the original on 4 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.

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