The Akshay Kumar starrer period drama ‘Kesari’ has finally hit the theatres and if we are to believe the industry experts, the movie is taking the box office by storm. Taking in account all of the extended weekend collections, Kesari is expected to be 2019’s biggest blockbuster.
The movie opened with a business of ₹21.50 crore on its very first day and managed to gather another ₹16 crores even after having limited shows in morning and noon.
The movie garnered another ₹18.75 crores on its third day and nears ₹75 crores in Box Office revenue with the big Sunday collection coming in.
Bollywood trends and Box Office analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted that the movie is expected to be a bigger hit than Gully Boy and total Dhamaal, the weekend box office collection of which were ₹72.45 crores and ₹62.40 crores, respectively.
He also mentions that a dip in the business on a working day after a holiday is natural and to be expected, but the dip here is quite less, which is why he says that Kesari will become 2019’s biggest yet.
It is also noteworthy that Kesari is Akshay Kumar’s biggest opener after ‘Gold’ which garnered a business of ₹25.5 crores on its first day.
Based on the battle of Saragarhi- 1887, Kesari is a story of 21 braveheart Sikhs who fought against 10,000 Afghani invaders. Set in the pre-independent British era, the movie is the legend of the fight that 21 Sikh soldiers, fighting from the British side, put up against a whole army. It is also the story of valour, sacrifice and courage, the Sikhs have shown during the time of struggle.
Kesari has received mix reviews by critics, some calling it a masterpiece of a movie and an ode to the heroism, patriotism and strength of Sikhs, while some label it as overly nationalist and average to the max. The audience though, seems to have a mind of its own and is showering the movie with love and affection.