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Kesari making video: Akshay Kumar reveals what made the Battle of Saragarhi film challenging. Watch - Hindustan Times

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar has shared the first part of the making of his upcoming period drama, Kesari, and the video gives us a glimpse of the gruelling journey the actor went through for the film on Battle of Sargarhi.

Akshay shares in the video, “I had the best time doing action for Kesari because they were raw. The very premise of the film is something that swells my chest with pride. There are two major action sequences the film has. Spiti was a beautiful place but it had it own challenges - high altitude and low oxygen. The action choreography was quite difficult. Also, to recreate a battle that took place in 1897, we had to learn the traditional battle style then.”

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“Kesari is based one epic battle of Sargarhi which was one of the most heroic battles seen in the history. It is a story about the courage of 21 Sikh soldiers who fought against 10000 invaders to defend their honour.The film also salutes the never-give-up attitude the Sikhs have,” the actor added.

Director Anurag Singh also said, “The most interesting scene to choreograph was the climax when Akshay sir takes the sword and fights. The guys are storming into the fort and he is standing there alone... that was something.”

Watch the Kesari video here:

Sharing the video, Akhay tweeted, “Always the happiest when I’m in action and #Kesari kept me more than active! Watch the making here - http://bit.ly/Kesari_MakingPart1.”

Earlier, Parineeti Chopra spoke about Kesari to IANS. "Everybody knows Kesari is about the Battle of Saragarhi. It's a boys film, but at very crucial and emotional moments of the film, character of Akshay Kumar thinks about his dead wife (played by me). It's very cool love story that is woven into the story of battle. I have a very small role in the film, but it is one of those films that I wanted to be a part of."

Parineeti said she didn't think about her screen time in Kesari. "It was one of those films where I didn't think about what is my screen-time. After release of the film, people will think my role is too small, but it will not bother me. There is also one beautiful romantic song of mine in the film, which is going to be released in three days. Because of these two things, I decided to do the film,” she said.

Directed by Anurag Sinha, Kesari is based on the battle of Saragarhi fought in September 1897 between the British Indian army’s Sikh Regiment and Afghan tribesmen. The British Indian contingent comprising 21 Sikh soldiers was attacked by around 10,000 Afghans and decided to fight to death - a battle considered by some as one of history’s greatest last-stands.

First Published: Mar 12, 2019 11:36 IST