Akshay Kumar’s ‘Kesari’ has raked in some huge box office numbers in International markets in its opening weekend, hauling in over USD 2 mil and cementing itself as one of the biggest opening for an Akshay Kumar film. The film is impressive on multiple levels – be it the portrayal of one of the bravest battles fought in the world, the overall look of the film and a powerful performance by Akshay Kumar as Havildar Ishar Singh which has resulted in building huge curiosity in India as well as in International circuit. Distributed by Zee Studios International, the film has released in over 60 countries and in over 625 screens.
The film has tracked as the highest first weekend opener for an Akshay Kumar film in Canada and Australia and has ranked #6 and #7 in the respective markets. In New Zealand and Fiji the film was ranked at #5, at #12 in the UK and at #8 in Malaysia.
In Netherlands, the film has turned out to be the third biggest opening film by Zee Studios International after Veere Di Wedding and Raazi and by far it’s the biggest release this year.
Commenting on the opening numbers, Vibha Chopra, Head – Zee Studios International (Film Marketing, Distribution, and Acquisition) said, “Kesari is a film that showcases one of the bravest battles India has ever fought and the emotions that this magnum opus ignites in audiences is universal. There is an incredibly large audience across the world that appreciates a visually stunning cinema combined with a powerful narrative and we have received an overwhelming response globally. At Zee Studios International, we are determined to offer qualitative cinematic experience with remarkable story telling, Kesari is one such effort in that direction.”
Stating on the partnership, Apoorva Mehta, CEO, Dharma Productions said, “Kesari is creating the correct impact not only at home but across the globe with its larger than life narrative and scale. To top it off, it has always been a pleasure partnering with Zee Studios International, tapping the correct markets and delivering quality cinema to the growing demand from the international community with the help of correct strategies and partnerships.”
Kesari is based on the true story of one of the bravest battles that India ever fought – the Battle of Saragarhi in which an army of 21 Sikhs fought against 10,000 Invaders in 1897.
This is Zee Studios International’s third successful association with Dharma Production after Raazi and Dhadak, with Raazi taking home the Best Film at the Filmfare Awards.