This is absolutely Stop Press! news. A massive fire broke out on the sets of Akshay Kumar’s film Kesari in Wai today where the climax of the period drama was being shot. The climax, which is the actual Battle of Saragarhi that was fought between 21 Sikh soldiers of the British Indian Army and 10,000 Pashtun Orazkai tribesmen of the North West Indian Frontier in 1897, included much breathtaking sword and gun fights and some gritty hand-to-hand combat while bomb explosions were taking place all around.
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[caption id="attachment_61544" align="aligncenter" width="640"] BURNED DOWN TO ASHES: The Gulistan Fort sets of Kesari were destroyed in the fire[/caption]
One such gigantic explosion, that was to knock down the walls of the Gulistan Fort that was constructed on the sets of the film, cased sparks to fly in the wind. And the next thing people working on the film knew, the entire sets of Kesari that’s being produced by Dharma Productions, Cape of Good Films and Azure Entertainment, were up in flames. In minutes, it was a raging conflagration that destroyed all the property.
[caption id="attachment_61543" align="aligncenter" width="576"] PROPERTY DESTROYED: While the sets were completely gutted in the blaze, there were no casualties on the sets of Kesari.[/caption]
Fortunately, though the sets are completely gutted and shooting on Kesari has been called off for the time being, there were no casualties. Nobody among the cast and crew suffered even a scratch. Everybody was swiftly moved out of danger because the producers of this historic film had taken all safety measures before hand. The Satara district Fire Brigade rose to the occasion and rushed to the sets in Wai to fight the inferno. Several ambulances were also ordered to the scene. But there were no injuries. Only the massive blaze had to be dealt with.
[caption id="attachment_57903" align="aligncenter" width="750"] A still of Akshay Kumar from Kesari[/caption]
At the time of writing this, Akshay Kumar returned to Mumbai. Just last week, like his braveheart character Havildar Ishwar Singh in the war drama, the actor suffered an injury and had to take a break from shooting. The Bollywood action superstar was advised rest for the painful injury he took to the ribs while filming the climax of Kesari. Akshay refused to return to Mumbai that time and after resting for a day, resumed shooting and continued the heavy duty fight sequences he was involved in.