TopYaps Rating: 3.5/5
Indian history is filled with legions of heroic stories about wars. While we know something or the other about a few of them, there are many battles we have never been told or taught. Kesari is about one such battle of pride and honour that many people know nothing about. However, things may change after superstar Akshay Kumar’s latest offering Kesari which chronicles the great battle in the most fascinating way. Let’s find out how is the movie.
What’s The Film All About?
Kesari is fictionalized retelling of the great Battle of Saragarhi of 1897. It revolves around the British Indian contingent of 21 Jat Sikh soldiers of the 36th Sikhs, led by Havildar Ishar Singh (Akshay Kumar). Singh is sent to take the charge of the Saragarhi Fort as a punishment for disobeying a senior British officer. The fort is invaded the very next day by almost 10,000 Afridi and Orakzai mountain tribesmen from Afghanistan. How 21 Sikh soldiers withstand the invaders in order to save adjoining forts of British India is what forms the crux of the story.
What Makes Kesari A Must Watch?
Kesari is a fitting tribute to the story of brave Sikh soldiers and their unparalleled courage and valour. Filled with strong emotions, high octane action sequences and goosebump-raising background score, the movie makes for a gripping watch that you cannot miss. Director Anurag Singh, along with writer Girish Kohli, has written the film beautifully, delivering a fine dose of patriotism, entertainment and information. Some of the dialogues are whistle-worthy and I am sure they will receive oodles of whistles in single screens. The movie is beautifully shot by Anshul Chobey.
Talking about performances, Kesari lies solely on Akshay Kumar’s shoulders. The superstar does complete justice to the dignified character of Havildar Ishar Singh. He fits the bill so impeccably that, after a point, it becomes difficult to imagine any other actor in the part. Kumar is really so good. The supporting cast has performed well too. Parineeti Chopra is seen in an extended cameo in the movie. Though she has nothing much to do, her presence adds some much-needed light moments to the narrative.
The weak points
When it comes to weak points of the movie, one thing that cannot be ignored is editing. Kesari is not a crisply edited piece of cinema. More often than not you feel it is a bit too stretched, especially during the first half. One wishes Parineeti Chopra had more screen time to show her acting chops.
If we keep certain flaws aside, Kesari is a beautiful and moving film which evokes strong feelings of patriotism.
Banner: Dharma Productions, Cape of Good Films, Azure Entertainment, Zee Studios
Director: Anurag Singh
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra
Music: Various Artists
Runtime: 150 Minutes