The Hush Post: Singh is Kinng, Singh Is Bliing….and now Kesari. Akshay Kumar carries forward his love for donning the Sikh avatar with his most ambitious project ever. Co-produced by Karan Johar, Akshay’s home production is slated to hit the screens on Holi 2019 and co-stars Parineeti Chopra. For Parineeti, this is a first with Akshay. This period drama is being directed by Anurag Singh.
Kesari is Akshay Kumar’s first film on the topic of war and is based on the Battle of Saragarhi of 1897. The 50-year-old actor plays Havildar Ishar Singh. Shooting of the same has already started in a studio in Mumbai. Major portions of the battle have been reserved for Wai, a town in the Satara district where huge sets of the Saragarhi and Gulistan forts are being erected. An Afghan village has been recreated to shoot sequences of soldiers mingling with the locals.
The makers have roped in Lawrence Woodward, the stunt coordinator behind Hollywood films Mad Max: Fury Road and Moulin Rouge, to design action for Kesari. He will be training Akshay in sword-fighting besides other sequences which also include hand-to-hand combat.
While sharing his first look, Akshay Kumar captioned it saying, “Feeling nothing but immense pride and gratitude while sharing this. Beginning my 2018 with #KESARI, my most ambitious film and a lot of passion. Need your best wishes as always.” Sheetal Sharma, who has worked with Akshay in Airlift, has designed his look which is already creating waves on the social circuit.
The Battle of Saragarhi is considered to be one of the greatest last stands in history. 21 soldiers of the 36 Sikh Regiment fought an army of over 10,000 Afghans and killed more than 600 of them before perishing to enemy bullets. The battle took place on 12th September 1897 in Tirah region of North-West Frontier Province, now in Pakistan. Saragarhi was a post that connected British India forts of Lockhart and Gulistan on the border areas of Afghanistan.
All the very best to Akshay Kumar and the whole team!! Bringing the heroism of lost soldiers on screen does take a lot of bravery….and that is what the Battle of Saragarhi was all about!!