Kesari Movie 2019 is a Indian Hindi-language actionwar film written and directed by Anurag Singh. It was jointly produced by Karan Johar, Aruna Bhatia, Hiroo Yash Johar, Apoorva Mehta and Sunir Khetarpal under the banners of Dharma Productions, Cape of Good Films, Azure Entertainment and Zee Studios. The film stars Akshay Kumar with ParineetiChopra, Mir Sarwar, Vansh Bhardwaj, Jaspreet Singh, Vivek Saini and Vikram Kochhar in supporting roles. It follows the events leading to the Battle of Saragarhi, a battle between 21 soldiers of the 36th Sikhs of the British Indian Army and 6,000–10,000 Afridi and Orakzai Pashtun tribesmen in 1897. Initially planned as a production collaboration between Salman Khan and Johar with Kumar starring in the lead role, Kesari was announced in October 2017, with Kumar and Johar reprising their responsibilities; Khan later quit the project. Chopra was cast as the deceased wife of Kumar’s character. Principal photography for the film began in January 2018 and concluded in December. The soundtrack was composed by Tanishk Bagchi, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Chirantan Bhatt, Jasbir Jassi, Gurmoh and Jasleen Royal with lyrics written by Kumaar, Manoj Muntashir, Kunwar Juneja and Bagchi. Produced on a budget of ₹120 crore (US$17 million), the film was distributed internationally by ZeeStudios
Kesari opened with collection of ₹21.06 crore on its first day. It was the highest opening day collection of 2019 for Bollywood films released Till Bharat released The collection of extended weekend of the film is ₹78.07 crore, which was the highest opening weekend collection of 2019 for Bollywood films released till May. Its domestic gross was ₹182.3 crore and overseas gross ₹ 22.52 crore. It has grossed ₹204.82 crore worldwide. The film grossed over ₹100 crore worldwide in its opening weekend. It became the fastest ₹100 crore earning film in domestic net in 2019 for Bollywood films released till May. It eventually grossed over ₹200 crore worldwide in its fourth week and is fourth highest Bollywood grosser of year 2019.