Akshay Anand is a Bollywood actor who became popular for his performances in many Hindi television serials and films. His real name is John Gardener and used the screen name, Akshay Anand from which he acted as Akshay in Indradhanush and Dev Anand
added Anand to his name when they were doing the film, Hum Naujawan. He was married to Rama and they have two kids namely Ayaan and Anaaya. He studied at St. Xavier’s School in Mumbai and pursue his Economics course. Initially, he is not interested in acting until one day, while riding in a train on his way to Delhi, a co-passenger approached him about shoes. It turns out that the actor is the popular director, Anand Mahendroo
and offered him a role in Indradhanush.
He was debuted as a television actor through the children’s television series, Indradhanush which was aired on DD National in year 1989. He is also part of the award-winning soap, Thoda Hai Thode Ki Zaroorat Hai on Sony TV in year 1997 and Choti Maa – Ek Anokha Bandhan on Zee TV. He also bags a role on DD2 9 Gold’s Mere Samne Wali Khidki. In 2009, Anand played as Manish Sabharwal in the Balaji Telefilms’ Bandini which was aired on NDTV Imagine and played the role of Aatish Parikh in the soap, Basera. He also played as Brijesh Pratap Singh in the television series, Saat Phere. In 2010, he played the character of Amar in the crime thriller series, Kaali – Ek Agnipariksha on STAR Plus channel. He played the main lead, replacing Aman Verma
in bagging the role of Adityapratap Singh in Kehta Hai Dil
which was also aired on STAR Plus. Anand also made an appearance in the television soap, Behenein. In year 2012, he appeared as Baldev Guggal in the television drama series, Suvreen Guggal – Topper of the Year and in 2014, the brilliant actor acted as Annopraj Premkishor Shekhar in the very popular drama series, Balika Vadhu
– Kachchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte on Colors TV.
He was starred in the Hindi feature film, Do Pal in 1991 under the direction of Ravi Rai
. He was also seen in the Bollywood film, Pyaar Ka Tarana in 1993. Anand has done five films in year 1996 including his debut film in the Kannada film industry entitled, America America where he bagged the role of Shashank who went to U.S. to pursue his studies and when he came back to India, he started to tell how great America is. In the same year, Anand also made his debut in the Malayalam film industry and has done the film, Indraprastham by Haridas. In 1997, the actor essayed the role of Jugal Chopra in Mahesh Bhatt’s Tamanna and played the role of Suraj in the action film, Daava. Anand also acted in Aamir Khan’s starrer film, Ghulam in 1998 where he received praises for her performance in the film. In the same year, he essayed the role of Anand R. Desai in the Hindi drama film, Zakhm and played as the spoiler in the love story of Saif Ali Khan
and Twinkle Khanna’s characters in the film, Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan in 1999. Later, he donned the role of Harish Patel
in the Bollywood action film, Aaghaaz. Anand also acted as Ram Prasad Bismil in the Hindi film, 23rd March 1932: Shaheed by Guddu Dhanoa
; a film that portrays the events on the hanging of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev in year 1931. Anand was also seen as the uncle of Abhimanyu Singh
(played by Sidharth Malhorta) in the box-office romantic comedy film, Student of the Year in 2012.
Anand has passion for writing too; in fact, he wrote one of the four stories of the horror series, Raat Hone Ko Hai.