Akshay Kumar’s war drama Kesari is steadily making its way towards the Rs 150 crore mark. It has accumulated Rs 143.02 crore so far.
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh posted the film’s box office figures on Twitter. He wrote, “#Kesari is decent… Will cross ₹ 145 cr in coming days, but the journey to ₹ 150 cr will depend on its trending in Weekend 4, when it faces new films and shows get reduced further… [Week 3] Fri 1.65 cr, Sat 2.62 cr, Sun 3.23 cr. Total: ₹ 143.02 cr. India biz.”
Talking about the success of Kesari, Akshay Kumar told Hindustan Times, “More than anything, I feel extremely grateful, not for the film’s success but for being the chosen one, who got an opportunity to be part of such a fantastic story. To be honest, I feel really fortunate that I could bring out such a brave and inspirational story to people.”
Kesari is directed by Anurag Singh and features Parineeti Chopra as the female lead.
The film received mostly positive reviews. The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta gave it 3 stars.
Shubhra noted, “What works for the film is its unapologetic embrace of loudness and lack of nuance: rousing speeches of patriotism keep breaking into the bloody action on the battlefield. Akshay gets the maximum, naturally; but the other soldiers do too.”
She added, “Some work has gone into outlining the other men, one of whom is clearly ‘lower caste’, who gets a teeka of equality, another who hasn’t had time for his suhagraat, and yet another who has just become a father.”