The sets of Kesari, the film based on the Battle of Saragarhi, caught fire on Tuesday evening. According to The Indian Express, war sequences were being shot when a blast happened, causing the fire. Reasons for the blast isn’t known yet. The damage caused to the property is also not certain right now.
Currently, the film starring, Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra, is on the last leg of its shoot. Directed by Anurag Singh, who is best known for directing Dil Bole Hadippa! and Jatt & Juliet, the film is bankrolled by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.
The Battle of Saragarhi was fought before the Tirah Campaign on September 12, 1897 between Sikh soldiers of the British Indian Army and Pashtun Orakzai tribesmen. The British Indian contingent had 21 Sikhs of the fourth Battalion of the Sikh Regiment, who were stationed at an army post, was attacked by around 10,000 Afghans. The Sikhs, led by Havildar Ishar Singh, chose to fight to the death, in what is considered by some military historians as one of history’s greatest last-stands.
News was out last year in October that the film had been shelved, but it appears that the film will continue with its release slated next year in March.