Khiladi Akshay Kumar's forthcoming movie, Kesari, is just a few sweet months away from releasing and the makers have finally released the first look of the leading lady, Parineeti Chopra with Kumar. In the picture, we can Akshay donning a heavy turban while Parineeti shows a more homely look.
Posting the photo, he wrote, “And it’s a wrap for #Kesari...a film which swells up my chest with immense pride. See you in cinemas on 21st March,2019.” Although, he usually opts for Independence Day and Republic day for his film’s releases but Kesari appears to be a March release now.
And it’s a wrap for #Kesari...a film which swells up my chest with immense pride. See you in cinemas on 21st March,2019.@ParineetiChopra @karanjohar @apoorvamehta18 @SinghAnurag79 @SunirKheterpal #CapeOfGoodFilms @dharmamovies @iAmAzure @ZeeStudios_ pic.twitter.com/zfxBTqR8tf— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) 17 December 2018
The film is based on the famous Battle of Saragarhi and Akshay will be seen essaying the role of Havildar Ishar Singh, who led the Sikh Regiment against Afghan tribesmen in a battle in 1897 that took place at Saragarhi. Posing with a band of men dressed in Army uniforms, he had written with the photo, “On #SaragarhiDay, here’s the first look of #KESARI - our humble tribute to the martyrs of Saragarhi! “Aaj meri pagdi bhi Kesari...Jo bahega mera woh lahu bhi Kesari... Aur mera jawaab bhi Kesari.”
It's a film wrap for #Kesari. The journey has been one filled with sheer pride to bring this story onto the big screen. Releasing on 21st March, 2019.@karanjohar @apoorvamehta18 @akshaykumar @ParineetiChopra @SinghAnurag79 @SunirKheterpal #CapeOfGoodFilms @iAmAzure @ZeeStudios_ pic.twitter.com/ev6ydAu0eO— Dharma Productions (@DharmaMovies) 17 December 2018
“I’ve started shooting for my film Kesari, where I’m in the heaviest turban and beard I’ve ever had to wear. So I shaved my head to make my life a little easier. I’m known for hating wigs, prosthetics and so on, and Kesari is quite demanding. It’s probably my favourite look, though it’s taxing to fight and sweat in this avatar. But I wouldn’t change it for the world," the 2.0 star said while talking about the movie.
Helmed by Anurag Singh, the film is being bankrolled by Dharma Productions and is scheduled to release on Holi 2019.
For the uninitiated, In September 1897, the Sikh regiment, under the leadership of Havildar Ishar Singh, fought for several hours against 10,000 Afghan tribesmen of the Orakzai and Afridi tribe at Saragarhi, North Western Frontier Province (NWFP). They knew that they were outnumbered but they still held their ground and fought for several hours.