Akshay Kumar’s much-awaited historical drama Kesari is finally out in cinemas. The Anurag Singh directorial narrates the tale of the legendary battle of Saragarhi that took place in 1897. On September 12, 1897, 21 soldiers of the Sikh regiment of the British Indian Army fought against 10,000 Afghan invaders to safeguard the pride and honour of their country.
In the movie, Akshay Kumar will be seen leading the 21 men as Havildar Ishar Singh and Parineeti Chopra plays his wife. Expressing his excitement of returning to the genre of action films, the actor, in a making video of the film, said, “I have had one of the best times doing the action sequences for Kesari because they were so raw. It was completely out of the world. The very premise of the film is something which swells my chest with pride.”
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Kesari has been bankrolled by Karan Johar, Aruna Bhatia, Hiroo Johar, Sunir Kheterpal and Apoorva Mehta. Being released on the festive holiday of Holi, it is expected to rewrite some box office records.
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Kesari: Our verdict
Akshay Kumar is the film. And he pulls it off, keeping that ‘Kesari’ pagdi aloft right till the end, delivering thundering speeches, and keeping his men’s morale up. His Ishar Singh is inhabited and convincing, and it helps that his Punjabi accent is completely on point.
'A moving story of extraordinary courage with some kick-ass action'
Twinkle Khanna wrote on Twitter, "A moving story of extraordinary courage with some kick-ass action -my absolutely biased opinion :) I really really didn’t want to but ended up crying at the end like everyone else watching #Kesari"
'Akshay Kumar was born to play this role'
"You don’t need to be a Sikh to feel connected to #kesari!!! Absolutely blown away with the emotion, it’s a story that deserves to be viewed on the big screen because of director @SinghAnurag79 s vision his team of actors & technicians deserve immense credit in pulling it off!!! I genuinely feel @akshaykumar was born to play this role. His power his calmness his ability to create warmth & rage together makes the film even better !!! Congratulations to the entire team @karanjohar @apoorvamehta18 @amarbutala @SunirKheterpal it’s a film to be proud off," Arjun Kapoor said via Twitter.
'Kesari is an incredible story of sacrifice & bravery'
Akshaye Rathi posted on Twitter, "#Kesari is an incredible story of sacrifice & bravery that every Indian will be proud of! Watch it at a cinema near you! It’s worth every bit of the time & money you’ll invest in it! @akshaykumar @ParineetiChopra @karanjohar @apoorvamehta18 @amarbutala @ZeeStudios_ #AnuragSingh"
Parineeti Chopra on preparing for Kesari
In a conversation with indianexpress.com, Parineeti Chopra said, "Our director had spent a lot of time on the script of the film. My job was to come on the sets and interview him about the scenes. My track in the film is that of Akshay sir's wife and it was much lighter in comparison to the other characters. So, there were no hardships involved with playing the character, In fact, I remember only the fun times I spent on the sets with Akshay sir."
Request every Indian to colour Holi with Kesari: MLA Manjinder S Sirsa
MLA Manjinder S Sirsa has praised Kesari. He tweeted, “A memorable evening with @akshaykumar. Just watched the premiere of #Kesari - overwhelmed with emotions! I personally request every Indian to colour their Holi, Kesari!”
Kesari is Akshay Kumar’s best performance: Shashank Khaitan
Director Shashank Khaitan is all praise for Akshay Kumar starrer Kesari. The director tweeted, “Kesari is a very powerful film, of courage and sacrifice. @SinghAnurag79 congratulations on an awesome Hindi debut. You have created an amazing world. The action sequences and dialogue punches of the film give you goosebumps. @akshaykumar Sir has delivered one of his best performances.He brings alive the character of Ishar Singh. He is such a natural at action sequences. Without shouting even once he showed the agression of a Lion.The madness in his eyes in the climax fight was brilliant”
Akshay Kumar on Battle of Saragarhi
In a conversation with indianexpress.com, Akshay Kumar said, “When Kesari will release, the world will know about it. If you will Google the five bravest battle ever fought, it is the Battle of Saragarhi on the second or the third spot. Despite this, it has no mention in our history books. I wish that it gets included in the school syllabus and students get to know about the story of valour and courage of 21 Sikhs who had the chance to flee, but they stood strong and fought for their nation’s pride and honour. Even when I made Airlift, people didn’t know that our country holds a world Guinness record of airlifting so many people and there was hardly one article available on it on the internet. Similarly, when I googled about Saragarhi, there were only 4-5 articles on it. But now, there are over 4000 articles on it.”
'Akshay’s career-best act'
Taran Adarsh posted on Twitter, "Chronicles a significant chapter from history brilliantly... Nationalism, patriotism, heroism, scale and soul - #Kesari has it all... Akshay’s career-best act... Anurag Singh’s direction terrific... Don’t miss! #KesariReview"
Parineeti Chopra on Battle of Saragarhi
In a conversation with indianexpress.com, Parineeti Chopra said, "I had no knowledge about it because it is not covered in our school syllabus as the story of independence is covered. I will be honest that I learnt about it after coming on board for the film through the script and Anurag (Singh) sir. I hope people are as educated as they are entertained when they watch Kesari."
'Kesari is brilliant'
Salil Acharya tweeted, "Every frame is tailor made for @akshaykumar magnificent , the sight of him brandishing a sword is a sight to behold ..#kesari is brilliant, casting especially of all the 22"
'What powerful performance by Akshay Kumar'
Simmran K Mundi shared on Twitter, "Saw #kesari and still having a lingering effect..what powerful performance by @akshaykumar Sir and Kudos to @SinghAnurag79 for his flawless direction. A war film you don’t wana miss #KesariReview @amarbutala @DharmaMovies"
Gippy Grewal on Kesari
Gippy Grewal wrote on Twitter, "Kesari in cinemas today 👍 The Bravest Battle Ever Fought 🙏 Waheguru Tuhadi Mehnat nu Bhag lawe..🙏 Best of luck to team #Kesari @akshaykumar bhaji @SinghAnurag79 bhaji @ParineetiChopra @karanjohar @SunirKheterpal @DharmaMovies @iAmAzure @ZeeStudios_"