Akshay was born on 18 September 1980 in India and moved to the United States when he was 6 months old. He spent his childhood and teens in Pittsgrove, New Jersey and trained as a theatre actor having appeared in some Broadway plays. He has since tried his luck in the Bollywood film industry.
He made his Bollywood film debut with the teen romantic comedy Popcorn Khao! Mast Ho Jao which released in 2004. In 2006 he starred in his second Bollywood film Alag, a remake of the Hollywood film Powder in which he played a man with extraordinary supernatural powers and with no hair on his entire body. Although both of the films he has appeared in failed at the box office he has got good reviews for his performances in both films.
He has also appeared in a short film called A Beautiful Mind.... of a Gladiator which is a spoof of the Oscar-winning films A Beautiful Mind and Gladiator. Recently he appeared in the thriller film Three and the dance film Fast Forward.