Produced by Karan Johar, Aruna Bhatia, Hiroo Yash Johar, Apoorva Mehta and Sunir Khetarpal, Kesari was released on March 21. Shubhra 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.”
She added, “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.”
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the latest box office figures of Kesari on Twitter. Advertising
The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta gave Kesari three stars in her review. He wrote, “#Kesari crosses ₹ 150 cr… Witnesses substantial growth on [fourth] Sat and Sun… Will add a few more crores, before #Kalank [on Wed] and #AvengersEndgame arrive… [Week 4] Fri 70 lakhs, Sat 1.30 cr, Sun 1.70 cr. Total: ₹ 150.91 cr. Akshay plays Havildar Ishar Singh, the leader of the Sikhs. Helmed by Anurag Singh, Kesari is based on the Battle of Saragarhi fought between the Sikh regiment of the British Army and Afghan tribes.