The real Khiladi of Bollywood, Akshay Kumar, is one of the most versatile actors in Bollywood. He has been a total package of entertainment over the years. Be it comedy, action, romance, biopic, thriller, or and socially-relevant films, you name it and chances are that Khiladi already has it in his repertoire.
Akshay Kumar’s upcoming movie ‘Kesari’ is about to release soon which also marks the Karan Johar and Akshay Kumar’s joint production. It is probably the biggest Dharma production so far. This movie based on the famous Battle of Saragarhi and is directed by Anurag Singh.
So, do we really know such an iconic battle that took place in the history? Sad but true that people might know historical-fantasy of Hollywood film 300, but they might know how a small group of soldiers fighting a large enemy of 10,000 in the battle of Saragarhi.
It was in September 1897, over 10,000 Afghan tribesmen of the Afridi and Orakzai tribe swooped on Saragarhi, North Western Frontier Province (NWFP). The Sikh regiment, under the leadership of Havildar Ishar Singh, did know that they were outnumbered by the Afghans, yet they did not retreat and fought for several hours with valour.
Here are some of the interesting things to know about this epic movie!
- The Khiladi will be seen playing the role of a real-life hero Havildar Ishar Singh, who was the brave head of the 36th Sikh Regiment, and had the reputation of being an experienced and spirited sergeant. It was under Ishar Singh’s leadership that the as many as twenty soldiers made up their minds to fulfill their duties and sacrifice their lives for the noble cause which was to protect the forts of Gulistan and Lokhart from the Afghans.
- According to some reports, it is believed that Mr. Lawrence Woodward of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ fame has been roped in to direct the stunts of the film. The Khiladi has undergone a strict training of hand-to-hand combat and sword fighting. This movie is shot in Wai, Jaipur and parts of Mumbai, where in the entire set resembling the then time was created.
- At the time of a high-octane action scene for the climax, Akshay Kumar suffered a rib injury. Following such injury, he was advised to take a break, but he himself stayed back vehemently in order to continue with the shooting.
- All those brave soldiers who lost their lives in this battle were posthumously awarded the Indian Order of Merit, which is the highest gallantry award of that time. In their memory, an epic poem called “Khalsa Bahadur” was also composed. Their brave deeds are still taught in textbooks of Punjab. Moreover, to commemorate The Battle of Saragarhi, ‘Saragarhi Day’ is celebrated on 12 September every year.
Though all the warriors died, their gallantry is still etched in the sands of time.
Set to release on March 21, book your tickets at your nearest Rajhans Cinemas and watch the iconic battle the history has ever witnessed!