Movie Review: Kesari

Timesofindia by Rachit Gupta: 4.0/5
Kesari is a powerful film because it has an innate sense of emotional intelligence and raw shock value, too. It showcases the atrocity of war and violence unabashedly, always condemning the bloodshed at hand and forever celebrating the bravery of men. It’s not just an action film, it’s a war drama that spends time in establishing its main characters and gives the audience a detailed and authentic look at a story of true patriotism. The film is beautifully shot by Anshul Chobey and the production design Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray is equally important in making the dry and dusty setting of North-West province (now in Khyber, Pakistan) look authentic.

Bollywood Hungama News Network: 4.0/5
KESARI has a fine first half and it’s mainly utilized for the build-up and to introduce the characters. There are places where one does feel a bit disappointed as the goings-on are not that great. Also, the romantic track is damp squib. But the makers compensate with the introduction sequence, the scene of the hen and with the scene of the Sikhs rebuilding the mosque in the village. The intermission arrives at a great point and it sets the tone for the second half. Post-interval, the film goes on a high with several scenes turning out to be clap and whistle worthy. Films usually suffer from the curse of the second half but KESARI is an exception. The scene where Ishar wears the kesari-coloured turban and arrives in front of the regiment is sure to create a riot! The battle scenes are a treat to watch as the soldiers use clever tactics to eliminate the Afghans. At the same time, the manner in which the soldiers begin to die one by one also affect you emotionally. The climax is sure to give a lump in the throats of the viewers but the makers add a nice heroic angle here that’ll surely lift the nationalistic spirits among viewers.
dnaindia (by Meena Iyer): 4.5/5
Actually, most of the technicians have excelled. While the production designers — Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray — have created the most authentic North-West frontier backdrop, cinematographer Anshul Chobey has let his lens roam freely on the arid areas capturing man and nature so minutely, you feel as if you are in the moment.
Anurag Singh and his co-writer have penned clever lines that bring out a myriad of emotions. There’s nothing over-the-top here, but it is effective. Moreover, neither the Sikhs nor the Islamic fundamentalists have been depicted as “blood-seeking avengers”. In fact, you come out hating war, not the parties fighting it.
Verdict: 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. Read More...