Revealed! The Insider Story of How Akshay Kumar’s ‘Kesari’ Came to Life… After Almost Being Shelved
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Revealed! The Insider Story of How Akshay Kumar’s ‘Kesari’ Came to Life… After Almost Being Shelved

There is a big coincidence involving Karan Johar here!

It is no coincidence that  Karan Johar’s takeover as  the presenter of  the Rajinikanth-Akshay  Kumar spectacle  2: 0 coincided  with  the revival of  the  nearly-aborted Kesari project. Both the  mammoth  project share one common….or shall we say uncommon…actor - Akshay  Kumar. To go  back a  bit, in February  2017, Karan  Johar, Akshay Kumar and  Salman Khan announced their decision to join hands  to produce  a  film on 1897’s  Battle of Sargarhi. Akshay , always  thrilled to play Sikh characters, couldn’t wait to get into the skin of  his character.

But then Salman and Karan  had a fallout when  Karan declined the offer to produce Salman’s brother-in-law Aayush Sharma’s debut film. Kesari was for all practical purposes , shelved…Until its sudden revival this week.

Apparently Akshay Kumar personally  intervened and got Karan Johar on  board  as  the  presenter of Shankar’s mammoth  2:0 .  “This is when  the  question of reviving Kesari  was raised  and Karan, who is currently heavily into period films (he is  directing a period film Kalank and  Shashank Khaitan is  directing another period  film Rannbhoomi for Karan  Johar’s production house), decided  to  take up Akshay’s suggestion to put Akshay’s beloved  project Kesari back on its feet. Karan  almost  immediately agreed,” says  the source.

Kesari will be directed  by Punjabi cinema’s foremost director  Anurag Singh who has worked repeatedly with Diljit Dosanjh.  Dosanjh who is already working in a Karan Johar  film Good News with Akshay Kumar , is likely to  join the Kesari cast.

With Kesari locked in for  August  15, Independence Day, 2019, Akshay again aces the patriotic slot. During the last three years, he has had releases on every Republic Day  and Independence  Day. For Republic Day 2018 Akshay had R Balki’s Padman while for  Independence Day he  had  Gold. For  2019  Independence Day Akshay already has Kesari lined up.

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