Recreation of Battle Of Saragrahi, the bloodiest and most brutal battle ever fought, which witnessed 21 brave soldiers of the 36 Sikh Regiment meets 10,000 strong armies of Afghan tribesmen head-on in a do or die finale!
The scale of the film is impressive, the budget even lavish and makers have done a remarkable job touching a few pages of history with the film. Even before the movie begins, you know what is coming but the makers have kept the interest and shock value with timely strokes.
Akshay, playing a farmer-turned-warrior, Havildar Ishar Singh, goes all out to ramp up the film by breathing life into the soldier who leads the glorious resistance, but most of the other actors – the large cast has quite a few competent ones on both sides of the battle lines – aren’t given the space or scope to rise above the din.
Actress Parineeti Chopra shown in a special appearance as the woman in Ishar Singh’s life, with whom he is having imaginary conversations.
Ishar Singh goes all out to save an Afghan woman on the verge of being executed for running away from her violent husband. She is rescued in the nick of time by Ishar Singh – an act that triggers an attack by the Afghans on one of the forts controlled by the British.
As punishment for disobedience, Ishar is banished to Saragarhi, where a small band of men has fallen into the habit of killing their time with silly stuff.
From this point onwards the film is set; Ishar breathes a new life in the regiment and eventually faces an entire army of Afghan invaders with only 21 soldiers of a Sikh regiment.
After all, the very core theme of 21 Sikhs taking on 10000 Afghans in order to save their fort is awe inspiring! And the movie does deliver a heavy dose of patriotism and religious sanctity!
Kesari is not short on explosions – be it TNT or dialogue or bravado – the film has enough self-sustaining fire to be a well-above-average film. And with Akshay Kumar doing the heavy lifting with unwavering enthusiasm, the star’s fans will find it easy to get into the swing of this tale of extraordinary courage in the face of daunting adversity.