- Salman Khan was earlier to produce Kesari
- Kesari featuring Akshay Kumar will be produced by Karan Johar
- "We will start the shoot from January," says Akshay
Of Salman Khan not producing the film, Akshay said, "Karan Johar and I are making it. Kesari could not happen with Salman," reports PTI.
Earlier, in January, Salman had tweeted about being a producer for Kesari. However, it was reported that since Ajay Devgn is already making a film on the same subject, he asked Salman not to make another film. Meanwhile, Randeep Hooda is also doing a film based on The Battle of Saragarhi, in which 21 Sikh soldiers fought 10,000 Afghans. Kesari is the third film on the same subject.
In October, Karan Johar (who happens to be Akshay's wife Twinkle Khanna's best friend) announced in a tweet that he will be producing Kesari. "Akshay Kumar and Karan Johar proudly present Kesari based on one of the bravest battles fought in India 'The Battle of Saragarhi.' Directed by Anurag Singh and starring Akshay Kumar. Releasing Holi 2019," read a post shared by KJo's Dharma Productions' official Twitter handle.
Akshay Kumar is awaiting the release of PadMan, which will be released on Republic Day next year. The film is a biopic based on an entrepreneur, who invented low-cost sanitary pad making machines while Salman Khan's Tiger Zinda Hai, which is a sequel to 2012 Ek Tha Tiger opened to positive a response today.