Akshay Kumar’s historical film Kesari is currently ruling the box office. It has crossed the Rs 100 crore mark. The film, directed by Anurag Singh, is based on the Battle of Saragarhi, fought between the Sikh regiment of the British Army and Afghan tribes. Its collection stands at Rs 110.31 crore.
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh posted the box office figures on his Twitter handle. He shared, “#Kesari fares better than new releases… North circuits continue to drive the biz… Has to maintain a strong grip on [second] Sat and Sun… [Week 2] Fri 4.45 cr. Total: ₹ 110.31 cr. India biz.”
The film chronicles this piece of history as it shows how 21 Sikhs held out until the last one of them was dead. Akshay Kumar plays the role of Havildar Ishar Singh, the leader of the Sikhs.
Kesari has received mostly positive reviews. The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta gave it 3 stars.
She wrote, “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.”
Kesari faces competition from Junglee and Notebook this week.