Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘Holiday’ is all set for a grand release on Friday in more than 3000 screens in India and about 400 screens overseas, bringing the re-make of Tamil hit ‘Thuppakki’ to the northern audience.
‘Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty’ goes with the theme that a soldier, depite being on holiday from the regiment, is on duty to save the nation and intermixed with the typical army man’s encounter with the civilian society and his efforts to cleanse the system from terrorism and day-to-day crime and treachery we see in our lives every day.
Sonakshi Sinha plays the female lead in an entirely unexpected role as a boxer. Directed by A. R. Murugadoss, the film is set to face competition from Nitin Kakkar’s ‘Filmistaan’ featuring Sharib Hashmi and Inaamulhaq with an entertaining theme.
The story line of “Filmistaan” is about an Indian film buff who wanted to be an actor but abducted by a terrorist group to Pakistan where he meets a local who is also a Hindi film aficionado. Otherwise, in terms of box office, the film should do well as hardly any other film is ready to reckon the film goers after the eventful IPL 2014.
Murugadoss, who made his Hindi debut with GHAJINI in 2008 featuring Aamir Khan, that made it into Rs.100-crore club.
Story Line of HOLIDAY:
Army Captain Virat Bakshi (Akshay Kumar) returns home to Mumbai for holidays and his family asks him to see a girl Sahiba (Sonakshi Sinha) but he rejects her initially only to realise later that she is a boxer and has a determined personality that impresses him ultimately.
Meanwhile, he gets involved in a fight with anti-social elements in Mumbai that lands him against a big network of terrorism. The rest of the story is about how he fights them.
Unlike any typical Akshay Kumar film, Holiday is entirely different and the director brings in a balanced mixture of comedy and serious theme terrorism into the film with focus on 9/11-related events in Mumbai.
Govinda has a cameo appearance in the film and Sumeet Raghavan is in sync with his character. Farhad plays the antagonist with good screen presence and handles his part with conviction.
In a review, Bollywood Hungama says: “The scene-stealer is, without doubt, Akshay Kumar, who reinvents himself with this one. The actor has acted in every possible genre and though the cynics may argue that Akshay keeps repeating himself in film after film, I’d like to remind them of his nuanced act in SPECIAL 26 and now HOLIDAY – A SOLDIER IS NEVER OFF DUTY. It’s a power-packed portrayal, which the actor illustrates with complete understanding, without going overboard. This is Akshay’s show unquestionably!
“On the whole, HOLIDAY – A SOLDIER IS NEVER OFF DUTY is a slick action-thriller that keeps you engrossed, enthralled and captivated all through, thanks to its fascinating premise and a watertight, razor-sharp screenplay. Go for it!”
Economic Times review by Omar Qureshi goes: “Akshay’s action (Greg Powell of Skyfall fame) is outstanding. Living up to his reputation as an action master, he’s totally believable as a ruthlessly dedicated soldier. He’s looking good and the reason to watch this actionthriller. Sonakshi does a romantic track with a difference — a sporty babe.”