Indian directors are looking outward when it comes to making their action-packed films. After teaming up with Transformers fame Kenny Bates for Prabhas’ Saaho, Akshay Kumar’s next, Kesari has roped in Lawrence Woodward, action coordinator for Oscar –winning Mad Max Fury Road. The Khiladi star’s next collaboration with Karan Johar is the ambitious project, which is based on the Battle of Saragarhi.
In this period drama, Akshay will be seen as Havaldar Ishar Singh, the military commander of 21 Sikh soldiers, who on September 12, 1897, led his men through a furious battle against thousands of Afghani invaders. According Deccan Chronicle, as source informed, "Lawrence has already met the makers on his last visit to Mumbai and will be returning in December to start prep with Akshay. Kesari is heavy on action and Lawrence will be training the actor in sword-fighting besides rehearsing for other action sequences, which also includes hand-to-hand combat. They start shooting from the first week of January in Mumbai, followed by a schedule in Wai, a town in Satara district where huge sets of the Saragarhi and Gulistan forts, as well as a village, will be erected and then later at Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh."Reportedly, the film will feature Parineeti Chopra as Akshay’s wife. After completing 2.0, Padman and Gold, the actor is now all set to kick start shooting for Kesari, before the end of this year. Produced by Akshay, Karan Johar and Sunir Kheterpal, the film is set to release during Holi 2019.