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Kesari (2019) KESARI is the story of valour and bravery. The year is 1897. Hawaldar Ishar Singh (Akshay Kumar) is posted somewhere in the present-day Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the Sikh regiment. The regiment witnesses a woman about to get killed by a group of Afghan tribesman for not adhering to her marriage. Despite the superior British officer telling him to not get involved, Ishar attacks the Afghans and saves the lady. The British officer is furious and as punishment, Ishar is transferred to Saragarhi Fort, considered as a place where ‘nothing happens’. Ishar Singh reaches there and realizes the 20 Sikh soldiers posted in the fort as part of 36th regiment are making merry since they are aware there’s no way an emergency or war like situation will ever arise. Ishar attempts to punish them but realizes that they are tough and have a brotherly feeling towards each other. Meanwhile, the various Afghan tribe chiefs unite and decide to attack the Saragarhi Fort and also Fort Gulistan and Fort Lockhart and thus defeat the British. The Afghans are aware that there are a handful of Sikh soldiers in Saragarhi and hence, they would be easily defeated. They begin their march. Ishar Singh and the others in the fort get shocked as around 10,000 tribesman stand outside the gate of the fort and all set to attack. Ishar gets an order from the British to stay put at the fort. They are unable to provide help as the Afghans have cut off all routes to Saragarhi. Ishar asks his regiment that fighting so many people will be fatal and that they can all run away. The soldiers however refuse to escape and chose to fight and die. What happens next forms the rest of the film..
Mid-day.com  (Mar 22, 2019)
Rating:  3/5

maybe there's more to the battle. Or maybe this in-your-face, goose-bumpy ride—heartwarming, because its history; and hysterical, because it's that kinda movie—is just the best one can do. Well, either way, this works alright..

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Indianexpress.com  (Mar 22, 2019)
Rating:  3/5

Finally, despite its predictable arcs, the outcome which we already know, stretched-out length, and clear alignment with the nationalistic mood of the nation, we stay with the film..

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Koimoi.com  (Mar 22, 2019)
Rating:  3.5/5

All said and done, Kesari is a brave depiction of courage. Akshay Kumar’s streak on delivering memorable performances is not ending anytime soon. Watch it get entertained, informed and emotional at the same time..

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Bollywoodlife.com  (Mar 22, 2019)
Rating:  3/5

Kesari might not be a great war epic but is a well intentioned effort to acquaint young people with the valour, courage and nationalism of the Sikhs. It also talks about humanity. The film is a one time watch.

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Bollywoodhungama.com  (Mar 22, 2019)
Rating:  4/5

On the whole, KESARI is a brave and inspirational tale of courage and patriotism with the dramatic battle sequence as its USP. At the box office, it will be loved by the classes as well as the masses while the four-day weekend will prove beneficial for th.

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Filmfare.com  (Mar 22, 2019)
Rating:  3.5/5

Akshay Kumar is verily the soul of the film. His bearing, his mannerisms are totally that of a professional soldier. The way he goes about winning over the men of his command post and later rallies their morale all feels heroic to the extreme. His sinceri.

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News18.com  (Mar 22, 2019)
Rating:  4/5

A few days ago in a quick exchange with trade pundits, I had quizzed them on what they thought would be Kesari’s fate at the box-office and they were certain that it would be a hit. But, I will venture out and say that in his repertoire of films, Kesari.

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Pinkvilla.com  (Mar 22, 2019)
Rating:  3.5/5

In a nutshell, the movie is engrossing, largely well-woven narrative and Akshay as super valiant Sikh soldier will leave a lasting impression. If you are curious about the battle and enjoy war dramas then go ahead and witness the lesser known but signific.

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Filmibeat.com  (Mar 22, 2019)
Rating:  2.5/5

While Akshay Kumar's Kesari has its intentions in the right place, it's the dull writing which makes it lose half the battle.

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Timesofindia.indiatimes.com  (Mar 22, 2019)
Rating:  4/5

With technical brilliance, intricate writing and thundering performances, Kesari is a loud war cry that evokes strong feelings of patriotism and it also wrenches your heart with its climactic tragedy. The visceral power of its visuals and emotions is stag.

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