Kesari

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KESARI is based on the true story of one of the bravest battles that India ever fought -- the Battle of Saragarhi. The year is 1897 and the British Empire having conquered most of India, is now trying to infiltrate Afghanistan. Fort Saragarhi, in the NWFP (North Western Frontier Province) is a small communication post used to relay messages between two major military forts -- Gullistan and Lockhardt. To be posted at Saragarhi is no matter of pride for the newly formed Sikh regiment of the British Indian Army. Marked in color KESARI (Saffron), the Sikhs symbolize valor and pride and to die doing one's duty. Ishar Singh (Akshay Kumar), a proud warrior who prefers to live by his community rules, is often found in direct conflict with the orders of his British officers. As a punishment, Ishar is sent to Saragarhi where a bunch of 20 unruly, undisciplined Sikh soldiers await him. And it is this bunch of cheeky but lovable rouges that Ishar leads into the battle when an army of 10,000 Afghani Pathans turn up at Saragarhi on the 12th of Sept 1897. It is now 21 Sikhs vs 10,000 Afghans on the battlefield.

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All Critics (13) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (9)

  • Just a whole lot of killing, slashing and humans cutting up humans. Yes, the cinematography soars, but the violence is so much, so prolonged, and begins to give you a headache.

    Jun 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Overall, the splendidly saffron-tinted visuals and a few spectacular stretches can't compensate for Kesari's shockingly ludicrous finale and too much dilly-dally.

    Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The only way Kesari could have done justice to its source material is if it didn't exist.

    Mar 22, 2019 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…
  • We get bloodshed in slow motion, a few good men fighting until their last breath and a plaintive soundtrack to underline their immense sacrifice. It gets a little exhausting.

    Mar 22, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A movie that should have been about a legendary last stand becomes yet another star vehicle for Akshay Kumar, who is the only character with a back story.

    Mar 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The brave and bloody Battle of Sargarhi will remain in the history books, but Kesari is unlikely to join it there.

    Mar 22, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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