Director Anurag Singh Talks Kesari

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Director Anurag Singh’s latest film ‘Kesari’ starring Akshay Kumar has hit the big screens and the director has talked about some of the research that he undertook to ensure he delivered the film with as many facts as possible.

Anurag Singh is a popular name in the Punjabi film industry, his films Jatt and Juliet and Punjab 1984, both were box office hits and Punjab 1984, just like Kesari, was a period drama. It chronicled the events  & lives of people in Punjab after the tragic and turbulent events of 1984.

Anurag Singh – “I knew the story of the Battle of Saragarhi but had no idea that I will be making a film on it. When I joined the industry and started working on it, I came to know that there are more people interested in the same subject. But it was never the thought that I will work on it because so many people are interested in it. But as they say, some things are in your destiny. I was called by Akshay sir and Karan sir that there is a film being made on the historic battle and we want you to direct it. I was not only surprised but also very happy about getting this opportunity.”

Asked if he has an inclination towards period dramas, the director said, “Not necessarily. I am inclined towards good subjects. It is always about the story. If you like the story, then things like which period it is set in come in much later as that is the commercial aspect of it. If you have to invest 2-2.5 years of your life in a project, you should be passionate about it.”

During the promotional event, Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra heaped praise on Anurag Singh for his preparedness which made filming the war drama easier for them. The director also revealed that he tried to read and watch all the available content on the film’s subject.

Deliberating on his research for Kesari,Anurag revealed, “Some of the research material was available on the internet. I also sourced books that were written by the Britishers, their biographies and an account of that era when Afghani invaders tried to enter India. But not much has been written about it in Punjabi literature. Only one or two books were available. I and my team read them and as much as we could take from them that matched our vision, we took it.”

He replied, “I knew the story of the Battle of Saragarhi but had no idea that I will be making a film on it. When I joined the industry and started working on it, I came to know that there are more people interested in the same subject. But it was never the thought that I will work on it because so many people are interested in it. But as they say, some things are in your destiny. I was called by Akshay sir and Karan sir that there is a film being made on the historic battle and we want you to direct it. I was not only surprised but also very happy about getting this opportunity.”

The historic battle of Saragarhi has previously inspired a television series 21 Sarfarosh – Saragarhi 1897 (2018), starring Mohit Raina. Ajay Devgn and Randeep Hooda were also reportedly working on the subject.

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