Akshay Kumar has a lot of movies in her kitty. He will be seen playing a Sikh soldier in upcoming film Kesari, which is based on the Battle Of Saragarhi, will reportedly undergo training in ‘Gatka’, an ancient martial art for the film.
Kesari is based on the historic Battle of Saragarhi in which Havaldar Ishar Singh, the military commander of 21 Sikh soldiers, who led his men through a battle against thousands of Afghani invaders on September 12, 1897.
The latest update on the movie is that he is going learn ‘gatka’ for a new song. According to a report in Mid-day, a source informed the daily about the same, he said “The war sequences are currently being designed. Most of them will feature Akshay, so the action is being created while keeping his physicality in mind.
The fight sequences primarily involve the use of traditional artillery. Although the hand-to-hand combat scenes are few, the team is contemplating roping in pehelwans from the akharas of Punjab to lend authenticity. Their presence on set will also ensure that Akshay’s demeanour is aligned with his character.
For his training, professional Gatka trainers are also appointed. The source added, “Since it is the oldest form of self-defense that Sikhs resorted to, it is fitting that the makers showcase it in the film. Akshay has allowed 15 days for training. It involves the use of wooden sticks. It will be mixed with sword fighting.”
Adding further, the source said, “The team is also sourcing Indian weaponry like gandasas and bhujs for the elaborate scenes.”
Akshay will be performing the action stunts by donning heavy costumes. The film’s set will be built in Satara’s Wai, as it offers ample of space to shoot the film.