Akshay Kumar starrer Kesari has become the fastest film to cross the Rs 100 crore mark in 2019. The film has managed to earn Rs 100 crore in just seven days. Gully Boy and Total Dhamaal crossed the benchmark in eight and nine days, respectively.
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the latest box office figures of Kesari on Twitter. He wrote, “#Kesari is now *fastest* ₹ 100 cr grosser of 2019 [so far]… Crosses ₹ 100 cr on Day 7… Thu 21.06 cr, Fri 16.75 cr, Sat 18.75 cr, Sun 21.51 cr, Mon 8.25 cr, Tue 7.17 cr, Wed 6.52. Total: ₹ 100.01 cr. India biz… ₹ 100 cr in days: #GullyBoy [Day 8]. #TotalDhamaal [Day 9].”
The film had a smashing opening on March 21. It earned a whopping figure of Rs 21.51 crore. By the end of the week, Kesari earned Rs 78.07 crore.
Praising the film, Twinkle Khanna wrote, “A moving story of extraordinary courage with some kick-ass action -my absolutely biased opinion 🙂 I really really didn’t want to but ended up crying at the end like everyone else watching #Kesari”
Directed by Anurag Singh, Kesari stars Akshay Kumar as Havildar Ishar Singh, the leader of the Sikhs.
The film is based on the Battle of Saragarhi that was fought between the Sikh regiment of the British army and Afghani tribes. The Afghans numbered in thousands as opposed to just 21 Sikhs, who fought till the last man.
While the audience is appreciating the film, critics too had some positive words to say about the Karan Johar’s production venture.
She wrote, “What works for the film is its unapologetic embrace of loudness and lack of nuance: rousing speeches of patriotism keep breaking into the bloody action on the battlefield. Akshay gets the maximum, naturally; but the other soldiers do too. Some work has gone into outlining the other men, one of whom is clearly ‘lower caste’, who gets a teeka of equality, another who hasn’t had time for his suhagraat, and yet another who has just become a father.”