Akshay Kumar starrer Kesari is has turned out to be a winner at the box-office. On its third Thursday, the war drama added Rs 2.07 crore more to its account. After a 15-day run in cinemas, its total collection stands at Rs 135.52 crore, which, by all means, is spectacular. With this development, Kesari has outgrossed Akshay’s 2017 social drama Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (Rs 134.22 crore) to become his highest grossing film ever – this, if we don’t take in consideration the Hindi version of last year’s 2.0, that had fetched Rs 189.55 crore in its lifetime.
Noted trade analyst Taran Adarsh, on Twitter, posted the latest business figure of Kesari. Mr Adarsh said that the film would reach the Rs 145 crore-mark and that it had the chance to gain entry into the Rs 150 crore-club. He wrote, “#Kesari held pretty well in Week 2... Emerges Akshay’s second highest grosser... Should clear ₹ 145 cr, with chances of crossing ₹ 150 cr... [Week 2] Fri 4.45 cr, Sat 6.45 cr, Sun 8.25 cr, Mon 3.27 cr, Tue 2.75 cr, Wed 2.42 cr, Thu 2.07 cr. Total: ₹ 135.52 cr. India biz.”
Kesari, set in the year 1897, is based on the Battle of Saragarhi that was fought in the North-West Frontier Province of then British India. The military combat, one of the bravest mankind has ever seen, saw 21 Sikhs of the British Indian contingent fighting against an army of 10,000 Afghan invaders.
Anurag Singh directorial Kesari is best known for helming Punjabi films such as the Jatt & Juliet series, Disco Singh, Punjab 1984 and Super Singh. Singh has also directed Hindi films Raqeeb and Dil Bole Hadippa.