Holiday Movie Review: Indian Army Movie

Holiday movie has garnered likes and dislikes both. Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha’s movie is worth the watch. It glorifies and is one of the many Indian Army Movies made in Bollywood and gives you patriotic jitters time to time.

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Jun 6, 2014  Updated On : Apr 17, 2018

Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty is an Indian Army movie written and directed by A. R. Murugadoss, and produced by Vipul Shah. It features Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles, along with Farhad as the antagonist in his Bollywood debut and Govinda in a special appearance. It is a remake of Murugadoss` own acclaimed Tamil film Thuppakki (2012).  The film released on 6 June 2014, becoming the biggest net grosser of the first half of 2014. The movie was reported to be one of the best thrillers to come out of Bollywood. It was also reported that Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha movie created ripples around the industry. Akshay Kumar was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Actor at 60th Filmfare Awards.

India Today

Meet Virat (Akshay Kumar), a soldier/secret agent for the Indian army who wants to be a one-man army. He is on leave but as the film`s tagline suggests he can`t help but show off his daredevilry. On a 40-day leave, he discovers that Mumbai is under a terror attack. Its mastermind is a hardly threatening terrorist (Farhad) who sits in Thar, Rajasthan running a network of sleeper cells. It is up to Virat, who doesn`t care to inform his seniors about the national threat, to save the city from destruction. He does so by torturing people in his bedroom and then eliminating them without a worry in the world. His redundant sidekick is sub inspector Mukund Deshmukh (Sumeet Raghavan), who makes the police force look like amateurs in front of the army.

Times Of India

Gagged men tumble out of his closet. Tied up terrorists and `sleeper cells` too. Hell`s bells, they`re far from `sleeping beauties`. But then they have to make our brave-heart Virat Bakshi (Akshay) look good. And he sure does. In his camouflage suits and his neon bermudas. Whether he`s on a secret mission (as Defence Intelligence Agent), or romancing his boisterous `boxer` belle Saiba (Sonakshi). All the while coaching his cop buddy on how to `crack a case`, or saluting his boss sergeant (Govinda, in a cutesy cameo).

NDTV

Holiday does have a few moments that are absorbing in a facile sort of way, but the novelty of the plot wears off rather quickly.The methods that the secret agent employs to fight the terrorists raise more questions than they answer. Why on earth would the Mumbai Police so willingly take a back seat when the city is a sitting duck? Virat, on his part, doesn?t do much sleuthing. He resorts instead to mere surmising and second guessing in order to stay ahead of the bad guys. More often than not, his brainwaves hit home. Both the pace and length of the film are adversely affected by gratuitous detours that the screenplay takes into romantic banter between the soldier and his girl, which involves the hero?s bumbling commanding officer (a terribly miscast Govinda in a cameo).Worse still, the songs are bunged in at absolutely wrong junctures, butchering whatever little intrigue is generated by the mild twists and turns inherent in the screenplay.Holiday lacks the sustained intensity and urgency of an edge-of-the-seat spy thriller. The script does not allow Akshay Kumar to be the no-nonsense action hero that would have held the film in better stead. 

Holiday movie has garnered likes and dislikes both. Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha’s movie is worth the watch. It glorifies and is one of the many Indian Army Movies made in Bollywood and gives you patriotic jitters time to time.

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