Kesari (film)

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Kesari poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnurag Singh
Produced by
  • Karan Johar
  • Aruna Bhatia
  • Hiroo Yash Johar
  • Apoorva Mehta
  • Sunir Khetarpal
Written by
StarringAkshay Kumar
Music bySongs:
Tanishk Bagchi
Arko Pravo Mukherjee
Chirantan Bhatt
Jasbir Jassi
Jasleen Royal
Raju Singh
CinematographyAnshul Chobey
Edited byManish More
Distributed byZee Studios
Release date
  • 21 March 2019 (2019-03-21)
Running time
150 minutes[1]
Budget80 crore [2]
Box office₹21.50 crore[3]

Kesari (transl.Saffron) is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language action-war film[4][5] written and directed by Anurag Singh.[6] It was jointly produced by Karan Johar, Aruna Bhatia, Hiroo Yash Johar, Apoorva Mehta and Sunir Khetarpal under the banners of Dharma Productions, Cape of Good Films, Azure Entertainment and Zee Studios. The film stars Akshay Kumar with Parineeti Chopra, Mir Sarwar, Vansh Bhardwaj, Jaspreet Singh, Vivek Saini and Vikram Kochhar in supporting roles. It follows the events leading to the Battle of Saragarhi, a military combat between 21 soldiers of the Sikh Regiment of the British Army and 6,000–10,000[a] Afridi and Orakzai mountain tribesmen from Afghanistan in 1897.

Initially planned as a production collaboration between Salman Khan and Johar with Kumar starring in the lead role, Kesari was announced in October 2017, with Kumar and Johar reprising their responsibilities; Khan later quit the project. Chopra was cast as the deceased wife of Kumar's character. Principal photography for the film began in January 2018 and concluded in December. The soundtrack was composed by Tanishk Bagchi, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Chirantan Bhatt, Jasbir Jassi, Gurmoh and Jasleen Royal with lyrics written by Kumaar, Manoj Muntashir, Kunwar Juneja and Bagchi. Produced on a budget of 80 crore (US$11 million), the film was distributed internationally by Zee Studios.

Kesari was released in India during the Holi festival, on 21 March 2019. The film received positive reviews from critics; it had a good start at the box office, while the opening day morning collection was affected by Holi-related celebrations.[9][10]


Kesari follows the events leading to the Battle of Saragarhi, a military combat between 21 soldiers of the Sikh Regiment of the British Army and 6,000–10,000[a] Afridi and Orakzai mountain tribesmen from Afghanistan in 1897.


  • Akshay Kumar as Havildar Ishar Singh
  • Parineeti Chopra as Jeevani Kaur
  • Jaspreet Singh as Taklu
  • Vivek Saini as Sipahi Jiwan Singh
  • Vikram Kochhar as Gulab Singh
  • Toranj Kayvon as Gulwarien
  • Suvinder Vicky as Naik Lal Singh
  • Vansh Bharadwaj as Lance Naik Chanda Singh
  • Sumeet Singh Basra as Gurmukh Singh
  • Ajit Singh Mahela as Nand Singh
  • Sandeep Nahar as Buta Singh
  • Harvinder Singh as Daya Singh
  • Rakesh Sharma as Bhola Singh
  • Adhrit Sharma as Uttam Singh
  • Harbhagwan Singh as Bhaghwan Singh
  • Rajdeep Singh Dhaliwal as Ram Singh
  • Gurpreet Toti as Saheb Singh
  • Harry Brar as Sunder Singh
  • Pali Sanghu as Narayan Singh
  • Vikram Singh Chauhan as Hira Singh
  • Gugneet Singh as Jiwan Singh
  • Mir Sarwar as Khan Masud
  • Ashwath Bhatt as Gul Badshah Khan
  • Ram Awana as Gulwarien Beheader



In 2017, Salman Khan and Karan Johar announced that they would be producing a film together based on the Battle of Saragarhi starring Akshay Kumar in the lead role. Media reports later speculated Khan left the project in favour of a similarly themed film starring Ajay Devgn, and in October that year, Johar and Kumar announced a statement about their collaboration on the film; that Khan had quit the film, and that it would be titled Kesari.[11] Parineeti Chopra was confirmed for a minor role as the deceased wife of Kumar's character.[12]

Principal photography[edit]

Principal photography began on 5 January 2018[13] and finished on 31 December 2018.[14] The film was produced on a budget of 80 crore.[2]


Soundtrack album by
Released18 March 2019 [15]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelZee Music Company
External audio
Audio Jukebox on YouTube
Tanishk Bagchi chronology
Luka Chuppi
Mental Hai Kya
Arko Pravo Mukherjee chronology
Jasleen Royal chronology
Gully Boy
Chirantan Bhatt chronology
Jai Simha

The music of the film is composed by Tanishk Bagchi, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Chirantan Bhatt, Jasbir Jassi, Gurmoh and Jasleen Royal with lyrics written by Kumaar, Manoj Muntashir, Kunwar Juneja and Tanishk Bagchi.

Track listing
1."Ek Onkaar"Guru Nanak Dev JiJasbir JassiJasbir Jassi1:02
2."Ve Maahi"Tanishk BagchiTanishk BagchiArijit Singh, Asees Kaur3:44
3."Teri Mitti"Manoj MuntashirArkoB Praak5:14
4."Sanu Kehndi"KumaarTanishk BagchiRomy, Brijesh Shandilya2:48
5."Ajj Singh Garjega"Kunwar JunejaChirantan BhattJazzy B4:02
6."Deh Shiva" (Male)Guru Gobind Singh JiGurmohSukhwinder Singh3:11
7."Deh Shiva" (Female)Guru Gobind Singh JiJasleen RoyalJasleen Royal2:36
Total length:22:37

Marketing and release[edit]

Kumar released Kesari's first look poster on 12 September 2018, through Twitter. Another poster was released on India's Republic Day, 26 January 2019.[16] The film's theatrical poster was released on 11 February 2019.[17]

The following day, Dharma Productions released three videos titled "Glimpses of Kesari" on their YouTube channel, detailing the film's production.[18][19] A second theatrical release poster for Kesari was released on 20 February 2019.[20] The official trailer of the film was released on Dharma Productions' YouTube channel the next day.[21][22]

The first song of the film "Sanu Kehndi" was released on 27th of February 2019,the second one "Teri Mitti" was released on 15th of March 2019 and the full album was released on 18th of March 2019.

Kesari was released worldwide during the Indian Holi festival, on 21 March 2019. It had a release on 4200 screens worldwide, 3600 screens of which were in India and the rest overseas.[23][2]


Critical response[edit]

Rachit Gupta of The Times of India gave Kesari four stars out of five, praising its "technical brilliance, intricate writing and thundering performances".[24] Taran Adarsh gave it four stars and felt it "[c]hronicles a significant chapter from history brilliantly... Nationalism, patriotism, heroism, scale and soul - Kesari has it all".[25] Writing for Times Now, Gaurang Chauhan rated the film three and a half stars out of five and opined, "Kesari is not the best patriotic film or an action film to come out of Bollywood, but it surely is worth the time and money".[26] Bollywood Hungama rated it four stars out of five, remarking, "On the whole, Kesari is a brave and inspirational tale of courage, with patriotism and the dramatic battle sequences being the USP of the film".[27]

Box office[edit]

Kesari opened with collection of ₹21.50 crore on its first day.[3]


  1. ^ a b Some sources place the exact number as low as 6,000,[7] while others place it as high as 10,000.[8]


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