Kesari Movie Review: 21 vs 10000, when odds are so stacked, film has to go through a tough test of believeability unless you are already Convinced!
Last Modified On: 21 March 2019 | Reviewed By: Ravi Mondeti
Kesari is a treat to all Akshay Kumar's Patriotic Cinematic Universe Fans. The movie takes you through an emotional ride and makes you sympathize with all soldiers. The movie is definitely worth a watch but if you are comparing it to '300' then you would be disappointed, not in terms of budget or VFX but screenplay and direction.
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Kesari is the story of 36 sikh regiment's bravery in battle of saragarhi, they were 21 stacked against 10000, how they fought this battle forms the plot.
Kesari celebrates endeavour! As they say Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying. Kesari embraces this philosophy, the real story itself is so unique. The battle has frequently been compared to the Battle of Thermopylae, where a small Greek force faced a large Persian army under Xerxes I in 480 BC. In both cases, a small defending force faced overwhelming odds, fighting to the last man and inflicting an extremely disproportionate number of fatalities on the attacking force. Remember Zack Snyder's 300 ? But If you compare 'Kesari' to '300' then you would be disappointed, not the Budget and technicalities, but the screenplay.
Kesari opens up by setting up Ishar Singh's (Akshay Kumar) characters, where he disobeys his British senior to rescue a women from a Pathan Maulana, and starts a fued with them. The first half tells the story before the war in which we get introduced to all 21 Soldiers and insults of Ishar Singh (Akshay Kumar) by his seniors. Everything feels a bit rushed as they have to begin the war in second.
The second half is where the wars begins and it's a complete emotional ride, where you sympathize throughout. In '300', you didn't just sympathize but were also amazed by the strategies they used, that made us believe it could be possible. In Kesari, except few witty moves the whole war sequence felt very straight forward. But indeed if you are already convinced by Patriotism and Nationalism then the war scenes won't feel that simple.
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Akshay Kumar totally ran the show. He was truly apt for the part. You cannot cease to get carried away, by his expressions, into the scene. Parineeti Chopra's is a mere cameo, as she gets a 'special thanks' end credit. Her scenes also adds to the lag in screenplay. Other characters also get good screen presence as and when required.
The cinematography work is good and background music work is apt. There are minor glitch in visuals in war sequences but are ignorable.
Quick fact, Details of the Battle of Saragarhi are considered fairly accurate, because Gurmukh Singh signalled events to Fort Lockhart by heliograph as they occurred.
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Average Critic Rating:3.0 out of 5.0 based on 4 critic reviews.
The Indian Express
Reviewed by: Shubhra Gupta | Rating:
It is also a full-blown melodrama, the kind of film in which soldiers staring down ‘maut’, because that’s what fearless Sikhs do, burst into song. You know these beats, because you have seen them in practically every Bollywood film on ‘jung’ and ‘azaadi’: the rough-and-tumble camaraderie between the men; a rebel who will come to heel; a youngster, who has never made a kill, coming into his own when the time is right, and scant female presence (the chirpy Chopra as Akshay’s love interest is a walk-on part) just enough to show the soft side of the steely soldier. Read full review
The Times of India
Reviewed by: Rachit Gupta | Rating:
The Battle of Saragarhi is considered to be one of the most inspiring stories of human valour and bravery, not just in India, but the world over. Director Anurag Singh’s film Kesari is a fitting tribute to this story of Sikh soldiers. It’s a compelling war drama that combines strong emotions with blood-soaked action and retells an important chapter from the annals of Indian history. The film’s best moments are fuelled by a towering performance by Akshay Kumar. Read full review
Reviewed by: Raja Sen | Rating:
One of history’s most stunning last stands, The Battle of Saragarhi featured valour that warrants a legend. On 12 September 1897, a mere twenty one Sikh soldiers defied thousands of Afghan tribesmen attacking the strategic military outpost of Saragarhi in the Khyber Pass. It is something that has not been taught in Indian schools — perhaps because it was about protecting a colonial British Indian outpost from colonised Afghan locals — but the bravery of these men deserves salutation. Read full review
Reviewed by: Ravi Mondeti | No rating in stars
Kesari is a treat to all Akshay Kumar's Patriotic Cinematic Universe Fans. The movie takes you through an emotional ride and makes you sympathize with all soldiers. The movie is definitely worth a watch but if you are comparing it to '300' then you would be disappointed, not in terms of budget or VFX but screenplay and direction. Read full review