Says a source close to Akshay, "Akshay is very excited about this birthday as it is on an auspicious date 09.09.09. He is excited. He was in Italy shooting for Housefull, and producer Sajid Nadiadwala shot double shifts so that Akki could complete his film faster and rush back for the party his wife was planning back home. Sajid had a small bash for the birthday boy at their hotel in Puglia (Italy). The guests had pastries instead of cake as they couldn't get a proper one there."
Today, at the bash organised by his wife, Akki will spend time with Sajid and Wardha Nadiadwala, Vipul and Shefali Shah, builder Vicky Oberoi and his wife Gayatri Joshi, Sajid Khan and possibly, the House Full cast. "While Akshay was away, Twinkle was in Kolkata spending time with sister Rinke but she came back on Sunday night to put together her hubby's birthday party. Their son Aarav has been a contributor to the plans for papa's party."
The friend continues, "For Akshay, his birthday couldn't have come on a better day — as he considers 9 to be his lucky number. All his car plates have the number 9 while some of his T-shirts have it too. Akshay likes to have his films release on the 9th of every month or at least multiples of 9. In fact, the distributors of Hollywood film 9 approached him to explore the option of launching an online game based on the film, considering he loves the number 9."
Akshay admits, "Yes. 9 is a number that has always been lucky for me. I have always had a long association with the number. I have been told by people that I am a typical '9' person. Maybe that's true because the characteristics of the number, normally add up to lots of adventure, ambition, aggression and hard work — which I have too. Today's date comes once in a lifetime and fortunately for me, my birthday is also today. I couldn't wish for a better birthday!"