Akshay Kumar’s war film Kesari has earned Rs 37.76 crore in the first two days. The decision to release the film on Holi has clearly worked wonders for the film. Directed by Anurag Singh, Kesari also stars Parineeti Chopra.
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, “#Kesari is solid on Day 2… Decline on a working day – after a holiday – is common, but the decline is less this time… Will score big numbers on Day 3 and 4… Is chasing a huge total in its *extended weekend*… Thu 21.06 cr, Fri 16.70 cr. Total: ₹ 37.76 cr. India biz.”
He further tweeted, “#Kesari aims at No. 1 spot as far as *opening weekend* is concerned… Trending better than #GullyBoy and #TotalDhamaal… Will surpass *extended weekend* [Thu-Sun] of #GullyBoy [₹ 72.45 cr] as well as *traditional weekend* [Fri-Sun] of #TotalDhamaal [₹ 62.40 cr].”
The film is based on the Battle of Saragarhi that was fought between a contingent of the British Army’s Sikh regiment and Afghan tribesmen. Afghans eventually overwhelmed the Sikhs, but it was the latter’s last stand that became famous.
Akshay Kumar plays the role of Havildar Ishar Singh, who was the leader of the Sikhs.
Kesari’s competition includes holdover releases from the previous weeks, which are also doing well. But Kesari is expected to lead the week with strong numbers. The film’s reviews are also mostly positive.
The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta wrote in her 3 star review, “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. 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.”