Akshay Kumar’s latest film Kesari had a great extended opening weekend. It has earned Rs 78.07 crore so far. Directed by Anurag Singh, the movie also stars Parineeti Chopra, Mir Sarwar, Vansh Bhardwaj, Jaspreet Singh, Vivek Saini and Vikram Kochhar among others.
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the latest box office figures of Kesari on Twitter. He wrote, “#Kesari puts up an impressive total… North circuits are superb… While the 4-day total is good, the biz on Sat and Sun should’ve been higher, since the word of mouth is excellent… Thu 21.06 cr, Fri 16.75 cr, Sat 18.75 cr, Sun 21.51 cr. Total: ₹ 78.07 cr. India biz.”
He added, “Section of the industry feels #IPL2019 curtailed the growth of #Kesari on Sat [evening] and Sun… Two days that could’ve made a biggg difference to the *extended* weekend total… Weekdays pivotal… Strong numbers and solid trending [Mon-Thu] are a must.”
Kesari is about the Battle of Saragarhi that was fought between a contingent of the British Army’s Sikh regiment and Afghan tribesmen towards the end of the 19th century. Afghans eventually overwhelmed the Sikhs due to their large numbers, but it was the latter’s last stand that the battle became famous for.
In Kesari, Akshay Kumar plays the role of Havildar Ishar Singh, who was the leader of the Sikhs.
The film’s reviews have mostly been 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.”
Due to decent critical reception and good word-of-mouth, Kesari has no direct threats apart from a few holdovers that are still doing well. This Akshay Kumar film is expected to sail through the week comfortably.