Akshay Kumar is all set to narrate the story of Battle of Saragarhi in form of Anurag Singh directorial Kesari. The film which also has Parineeti Chopra in an important role, is releasing on the occasion of Holi this year. While there has been a lot of buzz around this historical action drama, Kesari is clashing with Vasan Bala’s Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota. Nonetheless, the Abhimanyu Dassani film is not expected to hamper the box office collection of this Akshay Kumar starrer. In fact, it’s possible to go other way round. The action-comedy film helmed by Vasan Bala might have to face some impact of clash with a commercial Bollywood film.
Talking about box office collection, Akshay Kumar’s Kesari is expected to earn around Rs 20 crore at the box office on its opening day. The numbers could have been higher, if it was released on any other festival than Holi. In North India, the box office digits will remain restrain as people prefer not to go at public places while Holi celebrations are going on. However, the graph is definitely going to go high in the evening after the colour-playing ceremonies are wrapped up.
Akshay Kumar's last film Gold which released on the occasion of Independence Day last year earned around Rs 25 crore on its day 1. Such numbers aren't expected from Kesari due to Holi, which might eat up its opening day collection for the half of the day.
Kesari is based on Battle of Saragarhi which was fought between 21 Sikh soldiers under British Indian army and 12,000 Afghan tribal in Tirah, which is now in Pakistan. The 21 men troop led by Havildar Ishar Singh took the thousands of Afghanis head on during the battle. It is said to be the history’s greatest last-stand. On September 12, British Army celebrates Battle of Saragarhi as the Saragarhi day.