Critics Review


Combining Facts And Fiction To Create A Superhero

Anurag Singh combines facts and faction in a manner to suit the target audience with Kesari, getting the benefit of having a leading man like Akshay Kumar.(more)

Source: Sethumadhavan, MovieCrow


An emotional war drama with solid action sequences.

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 staggering.(more)

Source: Rachit Gupta, Times Of India


Akshay Kumar delivers a Holi blockbuster with his Battle of Saragarhi

Though the first half of Kesari takes its own sweet time to build up, how Havildar Ishar Singh and his men make the impossible possible is every bit worth your time. Among the songs, B Praak's stirring rendition of Teri Mitti stands out. Kesari is the rousing patriotic film that Akshay Kumar fans wait for all year round. But it is a lot more than just that and deserves a watch this Holi.(more)

Source: Samrudhi Ghosh, India Today


A Film That Is To History What War Is To Peace

Three hours after the press show, I'm yet to regain my senses of smell, taste, touch, hearing and full eyesight. If I were a character in the film, there would have been eight bullets in me by now but I'd still be writing. And milking my last line. So I'm going to be as polite and restrained as possible here. The only way Kesari could have done justice to its source material is if it didn't exist.(more)

Source: Rahul Desai,


Emotional, Entertaining & Informative!

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.(more)

Source: Umesh Punwani, Koimoi


Akshay Kumar Does The Heavy Lifting In Tale Of Extraordinary Courage

Kesari has enough self-sustaining fire to be a well-above-average film. And with Akshay Kumar doing the heavy lifting with unwavering enthusiasm, the star's fans will find it easy to get into the swing of this tale of extraordinary courage in the face of daunting adversity.(more)

Source: Saibal Chatterjee , NDTV Movies



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 the makers. (more)

Source: Bollywood Hungama News Network, Bollywood Hungama


Akshay Kumar delivers the goods

Akshay Kumar is the film. And he pulls it off, keeping that 'Kesari' pagdi aloft right till the end, delivering thundering speeches, and keeping his men's morale up. His Ishar Singh is inhabited and convincing, and it helps that his Punjabi accent is completely on point.(more)

Source: Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express


yet another patriot act

Kesari has a ragtag bunch of soldiers�quite like the cricket team in Lagaan-that Ishar Singh has to bring together. Years later, the peripheral characters of the 2001 film-be it Lakha, Bagha or Kachra--still make for instant recall. It would have, perhaps, worked with good casting and performances supporting the main lead. However, in the one-man show, none of the other characters or actors turn out memorable. All that has stayed on with me is the landscape-the brown, arid earth pitted against the majesty of the snow-laden, silver mountains. If only panoramic settings could make a good film.(more)

Source: NAMRATA JOSHI, The Hindu


This Battle of Saragarhi film pins all its hopes on Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar brings yet another tale of bravery to Bollywood. He plays Havildar Ishar Singh in this film based on the Battle of Saragarhi.(more)

Source: Raja Sen., Hindustan Times


Entertaining, but underwhelming

Kesari feels like it's going to provide something bigger, something grander. By the time this moment finally begins pouring out, we're greeted with the end credits. Much like the attempts at creating great and memorable action scenes, payoff is clearly of little concern to the director and screenwriters. Style stomps over substance here, as does placidity to style.(more)

Source: Mayur Javali, Deccan Chronicle