The premise of the film captures bravery to put awake the patriot in you but here’s where some technical flaws enter to spoil their party, very well choreographed action sequences in the second half & proper usage of slo-mo footage (at places), Akshay Kumar’s bold epic portrayal of Ishar Singh.
Ishar Singh (Akshay Kumar) is a true-to-the-blood Punjabi who can never bear injustice happening anywhere. In order to save an Afghani girl, who was being assassinated by her own, Ishar turns rogue to his own British master and saves her. This leads Afghans to retaliate causing a lot of damage. Ishar then gets transferred to the fort of Saragarhi which is home to the brave 36 Sikh Regiment.
On reaching Saragarhi, Ishar witnesses how no one’s disciplined and he tries to impose his own strict ways to teach them a lesson. On a bittersweet start, the regiment accepts Ishar as their leader and they start living happily until one not-so-fine day. The Afghans unite together and decide to capture the three major forts starting from Saragarhi. 21 Sikhs led by Ishar Singh face the ruthless Afghan army of 10,000.
Akshay Kumar gives in all to the character and it pays very well. Not at all an easy role to play but this powerhouse of talent makes sure to carry the entire movie on him. He’s magnanimous in action sequences, and there’s not a single flaw about him when it comes to combat. Kesari is more than being just another feather to the memorable hat of Khiladi Kumar.
There were articles regarding Parineeti Chopra’s short role in the film & to be honest she is there for the time it was necessary. Anything more than that could’ve been just not so worthy addition to the script. She has performed her special appearance beautifully.
Kesari is a brave depiction of courage. Akshay Kumar’s streak on delivering memorable performances is not ending anytime soon. Watch it get entertained, informed and emotional at the same time.