Bollywood new release Kesari is garnering gushing reviews from critics. Will it play out on audiences’ minds in a different way than the expected one?
A few weeks ahead of the general elections, pollsters are recording a change in the mood of people post Pulwama terror attack and Balakot airstrikes. Last month, the martyrdom of 40 CRPF jawans in the Pulwama attack had enraged the citizenry against Pakistan-based terrorist outfits.
Then, the airstrike on Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camps within Pakistan by Indian Air Force, followed by the episode Wing Commander Abhinandan, had whipped up the sentiments of love and pride for the nation, the armed forces and even the people at the help of affairs.
In an election season, such moods have impact on political parties. Not surprisingly, 27 opposition parties gathered in Delhi the very next day of Balakot airstrikes and demanded that the BJP and its allies should refrain from taking political advantage of military acts.
And their apprehension seems to have turned true. For, pollsters have projected a huge swing in favour of Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi and the alliance headed by him in the first two weeks of March.
Now, going by the review of Akshay Kumar’s new release, Kesari, it seems the movie is high on patriotism, nationalism, war and valour of soldiers.
Incidentally, the word ‘Kesari’ means saffron colour, which is the sacred colour of Hindus, but derisively linked to the BJP.
Akshya Kumar is a huge Bollywood star and pundits are already predicting a blockbuster performance of the movie in the box office. Will this film further deepen the hue of nationalism? And thereby help Narendra Modi led NDA alliance in the April-May general elections?