The film is a fictionalised account of the legendary Battle Of Saragarhi where 21 soldiers of the 36 Sikh Regiment stood out the wrath of ten thousand Afghan tribals on 12 September 1897 and didn't let them conquer the Saragarhi fort till the evening.
The original plan of the tribals was to capture the nearby forts, Fort Lockhart and Fort Gulistan as well on the same day. The sacrifice by the 21 bravehearts delayed their plans and those two forts didn't get captured.The film has a one-line plot. Director Anurag Singh were faced with the daunting task of lining it up with enough elements to engage the viewers for close to three hours. Instead of filling the frames with just mindless action, the director chose to provide an emotional core to the film. Hence, humanitarian values as preached by Guru Granth Sahib get juxtaposed with the age old precepts of bravery, valour and dying for one's cause, which are the founding principles of Sikhism. Havildar Ishar Singh (Akshay Kumar) not only helps an Afghan woman from being beheaded, he also orders his troops to help repair the mosque of the nearby village, stating that helping those in need is the warrior's first credo. Given the context of the Babri Masjid riots and its aftermath, this plot point is a brave, much needed statement. Ishar orders his cook to serve water even to the fallen enemy, saying that the enemy is also a human being.
Performance wise, Akshay Kumar gives a soul-stirring performance and has a tailor made role. Parineeti Chopra has no scope but is fair. The rest of the cast, consisting of actors hailing from the Punjabi industry are too good. Direction, Cinematography, Editing, Production and Technical values are top class.
The film went on to become one of the biggest hits of 2019 and its life time business has crossed Rs.200 crores.
Directed by - Anurag Singh
Music by - Tanishk Bagchi.
Cinematography - Anshul Chobey.
Edited by - Manish More.
Distributed by - Zee StudiosBy Bombay Talkies
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