Akshaye Khanna's smile, with dimples no less, catches one off guard coming form an otherwise reserved demeanor.
1997 to 2000 Akshaye Khanna's debut was Himalaya Putra (1997), his father Vinod Khanna's production followed by J.P.Dutta's Border (1997) and Mohabbat (1997). While Himalaya Putra failed, Border was a success and won him the Filmfare Best Debut Actor Award.
His movies Doli Saja Ke Rakhna (1998), Kudrat (1998), Laawaris (1999) and Aa Ab Laut Chale (1999) did not do well. However Taal (1999) with Aishwarya Rai and Anil Kapoor was one of the successes of that year.
2001 to 2004 He did full justice to his role in Farhan Akhtar's Dil Chahta Hai (2001) as the sensitive and reserved artist Siddarth who falls in love with an older woman. His performance won him the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award.
Abbas Mustan's Humraaz (2002) saw him in a negative role as Karan, scheming with his girlfriend to rip off a rich guy. His other releases were Hungama (2003), LoC Kargil (2003) and Hulchul (2004) which were pretty average.
2005 to 2009 While Shaadi Ke Pehle (2005), Naqaab (2007) and Salaam-e-Ishq (2007) failed to deliver, his portrayal of Harilal Gandhi in Gandhi, My Father (2007) won him the Best Performance Award at the Australian Indian Film Festival.
In 2008, he played younger brother to Saif Ali Khan in Race, which did pretty well. He was also part of the comedy Priyadarshan's Mere Baap Pehle Aap, playing a matchmaker to his widowed father.
In 2009, Khanna made a fleeting appearance in Zoya Akhtar's Luck By Chance and will be seen in One Way Ticket and Shortcut ? the Con is On.