Akshay comes full circle as – Khiladi 786

Mumbai: For `Khiladi` Akshay Kumar, return to the signature series with the same title, after a decade, is a deja vu moment.

The actor is returning to the Khiladi series through `Khiladi 786`, twelve years after he had played a con man in Khiladi 420 in 2000. "It (Khiladi) is a title for me. Like wherever I go people call me Khiladi. I have that much emotion that I have always been referred to as Khiladi (sic)," the actor has said.

`Khiladi 786` is an upcoming action comedy film directed by Ashish R Mohan starring Ileana D`Cruz, Paresh Rawal and Himesh Reshammiya. "It has been 12 years that I haven`t done that kind (`Khiladi`) of a film. The role that I got, suits me…I think it was written for me…I am happy to be doing action films again," the actor said.

Akshay began his acting career with action films but later took a break to dabble mainly in comedy movies. The actor earned the nickname of `Khiladi` for his action-romantic-comedy films like `Khiladi` (1992), `Main Khiladi Tu Anari` (1993), `Sabse Bada Khiladi` (1995), `Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi` (1996), `Mr and Mrs Khiladi` (1997), `International Khiladi` (1999), `Khiladi 420` (2000). `Khiladi 786` is slated for release in Diwali.