Slow but steady, Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra‘s war drama Kesari is surfing well on the national turf as the movie has crossed the Rs 130 crore mark and is targetting a lifetime total of Rs 200 crore as it draws a fortnight run in the theatres. Based on the Battle of Saragarhi, the Anurag Singh directorial minted Rs 2.42 crore on Wednesday, summing up into a total collection of Rs 133.45 so far.
Taking to his social media handle, Indian film critic and trade analyst, Taran Adarsh revealed the figures as he shared, “#Kesari [Week 2] Fri 4.45 cr, Sat 6.45 cr, Sun 8.25 cr, Mon 3.27 cr, Tue 2.75 cr, Wed 2.42 cr. Total: ₹ 133.45 cr. India biz.” (sic)
The film’s collection is better in the northern belt of the country as compared to the rest of the mass circuits. Kesari is the story of the epic Battle of Saragarhi that was fought between 21 Sikh soldiers under the British army and 10,000 Afghan troopers. The striking appearance of Akshay as Havildar Ishar Singh, the leader of the Indian group of soldiers has won the audience. The buzz around the film was already high ever since the trailer hit social media. The good word-of-mouth added to the excitement that resulted in a terrific opening day collection for the film. However, the earnings in the following days dipped to lower than expected.
Earlier, talking about the importance of Battle of Saragarhi in Indian history, Akshay told DNA, “I was upset to know that the Battle of Saragarhi is not a part of the school syllabus. There is no mention of it in our history classes. In Britain, they celebrate the Saragarhi Day but there is no such celebration here. Hence I did this film and I have never heard a story about such bravery. If you Google about the five biggest and best world battles, the third one is ours. The story of Saragarhi should be in our syllabus.”