Kesari Reviews by Critics: Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra starrer Kesari has received positive reviews from critics. The average rating is 3.15 which is in the same range as Akshay's last film 2.0
Avg Rating: 1.63/5
On the whole, 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. Recommended!
All said and done, 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.
Akshay 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. Finally, despite its predictable arcs, the outcome which we already know, and its length, we stay with the film.
Irrespective of what the 36th Sikhs' actual motivations were, obviously theirs was a historic last stand worthy of a film. When an honest army procedural could have had an impact, the team of Kesari chose instead to be a barely disguised propaganda vehicle and to chronicle this remarkable episode with self-defeating twists. A spot of exaggeration here and there could of course be explained away as cinematic licence, even the loudness and initial tempo could have been excused, but this goes way beyond that. It is as if Team Kesari were dissatisfied with the truth about the 36th Sikh Regiment who, ironically, they seek here to lionise.
Don’t miss Kesari. It not only makes us feel proud of being Indians but also prompts us to salute the valour of our Sikh community. Akshay Kumar is in top form once again. He carries the film entirely on his lean shoulders, excelling in the emotional scenes as well as the hardcore action ones. He goes from soft to tough effortlessly, making you root for him almost throughout the movie. Parineeti Chopra, in an extended cameo, is refreshing.
In a nutshell, the movie is engrossing, largely well-woven narrative and Akshay as super valiant Sikh soldier will leave a lasting impression. If you are curious about the battle and enjoy war dramas then go ahead and witness the lesser known but significant slice of history. After all, there is no harm in dipping yourself with the colour ‘Kesari’ this Holi!
Throughout the entire runtime, 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.
For all its flaws, 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.
Akshay Kumar powers the film with an earnest performance. Kesari might not be a great war epic but is a well intentioned effort to acquaint young people with the valour, courage and nationalism of the Sikhs. It also talks about humanity. The film is a one time watch.