The year is 1897 and the mighty British empire, having conquered most of India, is now trying to gain control of the North Western Frontier Province (NWFP). Fort Saragarhi. in the NWFP, is a communication post used to relay messages between Saragarhi. in the NWFP, is a communication post used to relay messages between two major military forts - Gullistan and Lockhardt. Ishar Singh (Akshay Kumar), a proud warrior who prefers to live by his community rules, is often found in direct conflict with the orders of his British officers. As a punishment, Ishar is sent to Saragarhi where a bunch of 20 unruly Sikh soldiers await him. And it is this bunch of lovable rouges that Ishar leads into battle when an army of 10.000 afghans turns up at Saragarhi on the 12th of Sept 1897. 'Kesari' is the true story of one of the bravest battles ever fought - the Battle of Saragrahi.