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Movie Review: Kesari

Kesari is not a movie, it’s a Tribute

Rating: 5.0/5.0

The Battle of Saragarhi is termed as the 2nd most ferocious battles ever fought. If this wouldn’t have happened for real, no one would have believed this could happen.

Some may not agree to my rating, mainly who are not able to have an emotional connect with the movie. Fact is, movie references so many historic moments related to Sikh History and values which Sikhs are taught since childhood, it is difficult for a non-Sikh to make that level of an emotional connect. But still I didn’t see anyone in theatre who wasn’t appreciating the movie.

I would want to mention that it was extremely sad to see Reviewers like Anupama Chopra and Rajeev Masand, who I am a fan off btw, rubbish and question points in the movie which were actually historic and formed an essence of the Sikh Way of Thinking, which is central to the movies character. They should actually research and comment. 

Nevertheless let’s not waste reading their reviews, I’ll let you know how I felt. 

Goosebumps, tears, pride all at once. Who other than Anurag Singh, who has a National award for PUNJAB 1984 could have made this movie. The story and the Sikh Valour that is shown needed a strong connect to history with crisp references to various martyrdoms done by Sikh Gurus and their Fellows along with fights of Guru Gobind Singhji. Director Anurag Singh and Akshay Kumar do complete justice in presenting the same. 

Beautiful camerawork and a nice buildup to the movies second half, the actual war, sets up the momentum. You don’t get bored and the back ground score which is mostly hymns of Gurbani create a huge emotional connect with the characters. 

Almost all soldiers get a background in the build up, some small some large and a detailed back ground of Havaldar Ishar Singh in a song. 

The interjections in the story of Bhai Kanhaiyaji is not just a dialogue as referenced by Anupama Chopra in her review, it is an actual act in history and we have been taught this growing up. The masjid building by Sikhs was to showcase the selfless nature and Sewa of the mankind which is one of the pillars of Sikhism. 

21 soldiers guarding in front of 10,000 afghans is a dreadful sight but Anurag Singh creates magic, beautifully coordinated fight scenes and war is covered in extreme detail. 

The most beautiful part of the movie is when Akshay Kumar unleashes the Sikh martial act, Gatka, on screen in the final moments. It brings to life all the stories that we have heard about how Guru Gobind Singhji trained his soldiers and how each of them fought hundreds at a time and managed to kill many at once. 

He engages in a mind blowing and a mind boggling fight with his sword and displays immense gatka skills. I would have appreciated this much more if they could have shown all the kind of Astra-Shastras used in Gatka. 

During the start of this fight, the back ground of Deh Shiva Bar Mohe Aehe gives you goose bumps and you are drawn into a tears, it is beautifully sung. 

I was in tears when the movie ended and wasn’t able to move for 5 minutes, I couldn’t talk for a good 15 minutes after the movie got over. 

That’s the kind of emotional connect I had, I could see the values taught by my Gurus on display right in front of my eyes. 

Bole So Nihaal 

Sat Sri Akaal

Movie Review by KD