Akshay Kumar war film is riveting for most parts
Director Anurag Singh has teamed up with Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra to bring about a tale that didn’t quite make it to the history books. The film is about one of the strongest and bravest battles that were fought in India.
The Battle of Saragarhi was led by Havaldar Ishar Singh (Akshay Kumar). Their home didn’t receive any support or ammunition to defend themselves against the foreign troops.
Kesari traces the story of 21 Sikh soldiers trying to hold their fort against 10,000 Afghani soldiers in a battle that took place on September 12, 1897.
Akshay Kumar as Havaldar Ishar Singh, the head of the army is just perfect for the role. Though it was quite alien to see him sporting a long beard, he has given a convincing performance.
Parineeti Chopra as Havaldar’s wife appears on-screen whenever he speaks or thinks about his life. She gives away about what kind of person her husband is. Her performance is nuanced and takes away from the intensity of the war scenes.
The rest of the supporting cast and the parts played by the 21 soldiers did give an earnest performance that was in sync with the theme and mood of the film.
Director Anurag Singh should be given brownie points to take a route that was less traveled. Not many would know about the Battle of Saragarhi and to bring it alive on-screen was one of the best choices he had made.
The film does evoke a sense of patriotism especially when the 21 Sikh soldiers put their life on the line to hold the fort with conviction, dignity, and passion.
The dialogues spoken by the Indian soldiers are apt. And a few dialogues such as has ‘Jo bole soni haal sat sri akaal ’ would induce goosebumps for sure.
Since Kesari is a war film, a lot of thought and effort has gone into choreographing the war sequences. The intensity of the war is kept in mind and the action sequences are mind-blowing to watch on-screen.
The music of Kesari is yet another asset to a film like this. It seamlessly blends into the script and moves you. The last song, especially, makes the audience feel sad about the films.
The pace of the movie is one of the worrying factors. Many people feel that there are certain unwanted scenes that makes Kesari as long as it didn’t intend to be.
The director has managed to write some jokes to pull in some light moments on screens. However, some these comedy lines fall flat and didn’t offer any relief at all.
Akshay Kumar’s Kesari is an honest attempt in Bollywood that has its own share of flaws. Yet the film has several elements that will keep the audience engrossed and hooked to the film till the very end.