Box Office Collection: ‘Kesari’ – Akshay Kumar’s War Film Does BIG Numbers
Akshay Kumar’s film ‘Kesari’ is on its way to ‘becoming a HIT film’ says Box Office India. The film “shows good growth on Saturday with collections set to be around 19-20 crore nett” said the trade website. “This will give it figures of around 57-58 crore nett for the first three days which is a little less than Total Dhamaal which was a normal Fri- Sun weekend while this is Thu-Sat. the growth will be around the 15% mark on Saturday.”
Directed by Anurag Singh, Akshay stars as Hawaldar Ishar Singh who mans the fort of Saragarhi where one of history’s iconic last stands took place. The film also stars Parineeti Chopra in a special appearance as she plays Ishar Singh’s wife who appears to him in visions. Kesari also faces current competition with Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu’s Badla and Marvel Comics’ Captain Marvel, which have also done well at the box office.
In comparison to Total Dhamaal as well, Akshay’s film is doing better. Other films that have done well this year are Uri: The Surgical Strike that did a total business of 242 crores. The film starred Vicky Kaushal and Yami Gautam and was the cinematic depiction of the surgical strikes in Pakistan.
Ajay Devgn’s Total Dhamaal earned 115 crores in 10 days which was a slapstick comedy starring Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor as well. Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy earned 128 crores in 18 days and crossed 200 crores worldwide. Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon’s Luka Chuppi did a business of 71 crores.
Akshay Kumar’s film Kesari is set to release this week. The film is based on the Battle of Saragarhi which was fought between Sikh soldiers and Afghan invaders. Akshay Kumar has adorned the Sikh turban to portray this role and it is a war film depicting a powerful tale.
1. Akshay Kumar in a turban never fails. Do recall Singh Is Kinng and its unofficial sequel Sing Is Bling (whatever that meant). Akshay says he feels very special when playing a Sardarji. Surely, the feeling is shared by the audience as well.
2. Akshay plays a true-life Sikh warrior who defended our country against a massive Afghani invasion. This hitherto-unfilmed episode of Indian history was to be made with Sanjay Dutt in the lead by director Raj Kumar Santoshi. It fell through. Later Salman Khan was also associated with the project as a producer. That didn’t work out either. More the hurdles, the sweeter the fruits of success.
3. 2019 is a year of tremendous success. 9 out of the releases so far are declared hits with Uri crossing the box office collection of almost every blockbuster. Patriotism is clearly the big selling point at the box office. And if you add Akshay Kumar to it you just can’t go wrong.
4. The past weekend went horribly wrong at the box office. All the four films released on March 15 were miserable flops. The dark week can be seen as the precursor to the bright light to come.
5. Because it is Akshay Kumar. When was the last time he had a flop? Akshay as an instinctive feel for what works at the box office. It isn’t about flogging the formula. It is about discovering fresh insights in timeworn stories.
6. Director Anurag Singh has done some amazing work in Punjabi with Diljit Dosanjh. With Akshay Kumar comes Anurag’s biggest litmus test. Never has Anurag directed anything so big. The sheer scale of the film with battle scenes that feature thousands makes Kesari an epic effort even before release.
7. Ah, and one more thing. Akshay pairs up with Parineeti Chopra for the first time. Parineeti’s character gets her name from her globally feted cousin who at one time was Akshay’s favorite co-star. Is Priyanka flattered?