Zee Cinema to premiere ‘Kesari’ on Independence Day

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MUMBAI: Hindi movie channel Zee Cinema is all set to premiere Akshay Kumar starre ‘Kesari’ on 15th August at 12 noon.

Based on a real historic event of the Battle of Saragarhi, ‘Kesari’ is a legendary example of exemplary valour displayed by 21 Sikh soldiers. Directed by Anurag Singh, Kesari features superstar Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra in the lead roles.

The Battle of Saragarhi, which was fought on 12th September 1897 in the Tirah region of North-West Frontier Province, is known to be the bravest battle ever fought, the world over! 21 soldiers of the 36th Sikh Regiment fought against a humungous fleet of 10,000 Afghani invaders. Led by Havildar Ishar Singh (essayed by Akshay Kumar), this atomic task force of 21 soldiers proved to be the strongest opposition the Afghans ever faced. The soldiers chose to stand up for what they believed in – never quit, never stop. Even though they lost the battle, their efforts helped them win the war.

The martyrs set such an inspirational example of valour and commitment, with grit for honour, that it led the British Army to commemorate the entire unit with the Indian Order of Merit, at that time the highest gallantry award which any Indian soldier could receive. In the present, September 12 (date of the battle) is observed as Saragarhi Day by the Indian Army, and also in Britain while two Gurudwaras in Amritsar and Ferozpur were built in the memory of the 21 martyred brave hearts. Till date, the Gurudwaras are visited by thousands of devotees every day. The Battle of Saragarhi can be referred to as ‘Heroism’ in its truest form.

As an ode to our brave armed forces, Zee Cinema will turn Kesari between 13-15th August. Considered as the colour of bravery, sacrifice and brotherhood, the channel’s logo and brand assets will change to the colour saffron to commemorate the valour and bravado of Indian soldiers. Indicating selflessness and courage, the colour poses as a reminder to the people to unite, becoming one, therein setting the base of a stronger and more powerful future of our nation.


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