It was reported that Salman Khan was to co-produce Kesari with Karan Johar in which Akshay Kumar was to play the hero. However, Salman Khan backed out of the project. To this, Akshay Kumar said that he couldn’t team up with Salman Khan for Kesari but he is collaborating with Karan Johar to make the film.
According to IANS report, Akshay who was in attendance at the launch event of PVR Icon with CEO Kamal Gianchandani spoke about Salman Khan walking out of the project Kesari, he said, “Yes, we couldn’t do it. I am making the film with Karan Johar and that’s it.”
Speaking about the progress of the film, he continued, “The title has been finalized as Kesari. I will start working on the film in January. We will be continuously shooting for it after the release of PadMan.”
Talking about PadMan releasing on the same date as Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary, Akshay Kumar said, “Both the films are absolutely different from each other. Neeraj Pandey (director) is a dear friend. And, yes, this word ‘clash’ has actually come from media. We have no problem in releasing films. There are around 4,000-5,000 screens in India and my film is screened in 2,800 screens. I think it’s fair enough.”
Kesari chronicles about the Battle of Saragarhi. The film will be releasing next year on January 26. Meanwhile, Akshay Kumar will also be featured in Gold which is a biopic based on the life of hockey player Balbir Singh Sr, who won the first Olympic medal for India in 1948.