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Kesari box office collection Day 1: Akshay Kumar film becomes biggest opener of 2019

Kesari, directed by Anurag Singh and featuring Akshay Kumar in the lead role, has taken off to a brilliant start at the box office.

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Akshay Kumar seems to have a Midas touch. After delivering back-to-back hits in 2018 – R Balki’s Pad Man, Reema Kagti’s Gold and Shankar’s 2.0 – he opened 2019 with a bang as well.

Kesari, Akshay’s first release this year, earned Rs 21.50 crore on its first day, making it the biggest opener of the year so far. The historical drama has not only managed to bowl the critics over but is also drawing the audience to the theatres in large numbers.

Kesari witnessed a bumper opening in all 4,200 screens across the world. It is running to packed theatres in 3,600 screens across the country.

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Directed by Anurag Singh, Kesari features Akshay as Havildar Ishar Singh, who led the 36th Sikh Regiment of the British Indian Army in the Battle Of Saragarhi, which was fought in 1897. The film tells the incredible story of 21 Sikh soldiers fighting valiantly against 10,000 Afghan troops. Parineeti Chopra has a guest appearance, as Havildar Ishar Singh’s wife.

India Today critic Samrudhi Ghosh praised Akshay’s performance in Kesari and called him “the proverbial glue that holds his regiment and the film together”. Giving the film 3 out of 5 stars, she wrote in her review, “Kesari is the rousing patriotic film that Akshay Kumar fans wait for all year round. But it is a lot more than just that and deserves a watch this Holi.”

Twinkle Khanna heaped praise on Kesari and called it “a moving story of extraordinary courage with some kick-ass action”. In a tweet, she wrote, “I really really didn’t want to but ended up crying at the end like everyone else watching.”