After 'Dhadkan', the progress to the top was slow but steady. With films such as 'Ek Rishtaa', 'Ajnabee', 'Aankhen', 'Awaara Paagal Deewana', and 'Andaaz', Akshay was beginning to be recognised as a good actor. Films such as 'Khakee', 'Aan: Men at Work', 'Aitraaz', 'Bewafaa', 'Waqt', 'Humko Deewana Kar Gaye', 'Namastey London' and 'Bhool Bhulaiya' not only brought him critical acclaim but earned big bucks at the B.O. too. Akshay had become a superstar!