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Why would anybody deny working on a movie like Kesari: Akshay Kumar

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Patriotic films have been on Akshay Kumar’s list since quite a long time now. After Baby, Airlift, and Rustom, the much-awaited ‘Kesari’ is about to release. 

In an interview, the actor reveals why he always gravitates towards such movies (patriotic), how it was working on this project and more. Excerpts from the interview:

Was shooting for ‘Kesari’ a challenging task for you?

Akshay Kumar: Not at all! My director took care of everything. He was working on this project for almost a year and hence had answers to every doubt and question. He made sure that I do not have to invest my energy in the research and understanding of my character.

As far as the film is concerned, it has been a very emotional journey. My father was also in the army and so I could connect to it very naturally. The movie shows incidents and stories which are surprising. 21 Sikhs inside a fort were aware of the 10, 000 people waiting outside to kill them. Despite knowing what the result was going to be, they fought for the dignity of our country.

Do you prefer working for movies that tell a story not many people are aware of?

Akshay Kumar: Well, if you get a story like Kesari, why would you deny working on it? It’s an amazing subject, it is a story of courage, and this is what real cinema is. 

Even when I heard the script of Airlift, I searched on Google to know more on the topic but was shocked to see ‘just one’ article on the internet. Nobody really talked about an incident where India literally went inside the War zone and rescued 1 lakh 70 thousand people. But, after the film was released there were a million articles on the internet talking about that incident.

Same goes with the Saragarhi martyrs. People hardly know about their sacrifice. So, this is a beautiful subject and when I heard about this it, I wanted to do it by hook or by crook. 

This movie is dedicated to somebody….

Akshay Kumar: The movie is all about the martyrs, about what happened on September 12, 1897. It is about the sacrifice they made for the country. That’s why we decided to make a film that would be entirely dedicated to martyrs who have given their lives so that we can live ours peacefully.

Your look in the movie is also grabbing a lot of attention. Could you please talk about it?

Akshay Kumar: As I mentioned earlier, our director did a lot of research to find out the kind of turbans people used to wear back then. Taking help of historical evidence…photographs…he finally decided to give me this look. I wear a turban in the movie (which was quite heavy). The sword I carry weighs around 5 Kgs, also I have a ring in my hand. So, every detail was taken care of. 
When you wear that turban, a sense of pride comes automatically. You become aware of everything…you become responsible. I have seen how turban is linked to responsibilities. Say it in Gujarat, Rajasthan or any other part of our country, the turban is meant for the man who has responsibilities on his shoulder. So…over all it was amazing shooting for this movie.

When you wear that turban, a sense of pride comes automatically. You become aware of everything…you become responsible. I have seen how turban is linked to responsibilities. Say it in Gujarat, Rajasthan or any other part of our country, the turban is meant for the man who has responsibilities on his shoulder. So…over all it was amazing shooting for this movie.

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