What Is Good
- Akshay Kumar
- Battle sequences
What Is Bad
- Slow paced second half
Akshay Kumar as the brave Havildar has a mighty screen presence and shines as the valiant fighter who leads the battalion and inspires them. Parineeti Chopra gives a good supporting act and her emotional performance is noteworthy as well. Toranj Kayvon is also good with her limited scope, while of the rest of the cast, Govind Namdev and Rajpal Yadav are adequate. The best part about the movie is even the supporting cast of actors have their scope to perform and the characterization is too good. Everyone has done justice to their roles.
Background score by Raju Singh elevates battle episodes though none of the songs make a mark. Anshul Chobey's cinematography is impressive and presents the battle of Saragarhi with authenticity, while editing by Manish More could have been better chopping songs and second half drag episodes. Editing is one of the major drawbacks as we can see many lengthy scenes without any cuts at all. Dialogues are a massive strength as they act as the pillar of the movie. Few dialogues evoke the patriotism within us.
Director Anurag Singh's noble intention of reminding the current generation of the valor of Indian soldiers in forgotten Battle of Saragarhi is good and he has got the impressive Akshay Kumar to support his dream. Akshay Kumar as Havildar Ishar Singh is powerful and carries the movie on his able shoulders and while the first half is good with some poor performances by the English actors, the second half has many drags and forced patriotism through the battle sequences on a grand scale make one forget the flaws, and ultimately with Akshay Kumar's stunning performance leading from front, Kesari is a good venture worth a watch.
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