Living up to the expectations of Bollywood’s trade analysts, Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra starrer Kesari pumped Rs 6.52 crore on Day 7 of its release, making the film land in the Rs 100 crore club. This has been the fastest to be grossed by any movie, leaving behind Gully Boy that managed the earnings on day 8 and Total Dhamaal which minted approximately the same on day 9 of their respective release dates. Kesari shows the story of valour of 21 Sikh soldiers under British army who fought against 10000 Afghan troopers in what is considered as one of the bravest last stands in the world’s history.
Sharing the figures on his Instagram handle, Indian film critic and trade analyst, Taran Adarsh 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].” (sic)
The film hit the cinema screens on Holi this month and marked Akshay’s second biggest opener after Gold. The film minted Rs 20.5 crore on the first day of its release and was leaked online for full download by piracy site Tamilrockers.
Directed by Anurag Singh, Kesari is a period drama which is based on the Battle of Saragarhi, one of the bravest battles India had ever fought. The film hit theatres yesterday, on the day of the festival of colours, Holi. Akshay will also be seen in Good News with Kareena Kapoor Khan and Mission Mangal. Parineeti, on the other hand, will soon be seen in Sandeep aur Pinky Faraar and Jabariya Jodi.