For Kesari, I sourced books written by Britishers: Director Anurag Singh

Kesari director Anurag Singh reveals that he tried to read and watch all the available content on the Battle of Saragarhi.
Director Anurag Singh, whose Kesari has hit screens, believes having a superstar in a movie helps in reaching out to a wider audience. Kesari has Akshay Kumar, one of the most bankable actors of Hindi cinema, headlining its star cast. It also has Parineeti Chopra playing a small part.

Recently, at a press conference in New Delhi, we asked Anurag if having an A-lister adds to the reach of a movie and he promptly replied, “Definitely.”

“There is an advantage of having superstars because they have a fan following. People have their emotions attached to them. It is an added advantage for a filmmaker that your actor not only does his part well but also brings along with him the superstardom. So, there is already a fanbase which is ready to watch the story you want to tell. But apart from that, we not only need superstardom. The actor must have that ability to portray a character which was there in Akshay sir,” Anurag Singh added.

Anurag is a popular name in the Punjabi film industry, courtesy, the success of his films Jatt and Juliet and Punjab 1984, both starring Diljit Dosanjh in the lead role. Punjab 1984, just like Kesari, was a period drama. It chronicled the lives of common people of Punjab after the tragic and turbulent events of 1984.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.