Akshay Kumar was born Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia on September 9, 1967, in Amritsar, Punjab, India. His father, Hari Om Bhatia, was an army officer. His mother's name is Aruna Bhatia. From a young age, Kumar was very interested in sports. His father too enjoyed wrestling. He lived and grew up in Delhi's Chandni Chowk and later he moved to Mumbai when his father left Army to become an accountant with UNICEF. Soon, his sister was born and the family lived in Koliwada, a Punjabi dominated area of Central Mumbai. When Kumar was a teenager, his father asked him what he aspired to be. Kumar expressed his desire to become an actor.