Akshay Kumar’s ‘Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty’ film review

Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty movie review: Akshay can still deliver a perfect roundhouse kick but he has been looking his age for a while now.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: June 7, 2014 10:09 am
Akshay can still deliver a perfect roundhouse kick but he has been looking his age for a while now. He’s slim and fit and agile, and sports a sharp Army-style buzz cut, but he makes everything familiar. Akshay can still deliver a perfect roundhouse kick but he has been looking his age for a while now.

Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty movie review

Star Cast: Akshay Kumar, Freddy Daruwala, Sonakshi Sinha, Sumeet Raghavan, Govinda

Director : A R Murugadoss

‘Holiday’, the official remake of the monster Tamil hit ‘Thuppaki’, gives Akshay Kumar a chance to return to full combat mode. He plays a patriotic soldier willing to stretch a few rules in the line of duty, whether it is wielding sharp shears on a suspect’s finger, or shooting bad guys point blank. Till he’s going bang bang, he’s all right; the moment he gets romancing and joshing, he slides. So does the film.

It is a near frame-by-frame copy, and the original had the kind of full-on action interspersed with broad comedy that South actioners are full of, which never travel too far in Hindi remakes. The soldier’s sidekick is a policeman (Sumeet Raghavan). The cop fulfils the role of faithful jester and companion, there to make the hero look good.

That is also the only job of the leading lady (Sonakshi Sinha), who wears boxing gloves-and-tight-shorts in one scene and a flowing dress in another, and is the Hindi film equivalent of the brainless bimbette, pulled out only when the plot remembers that it needs a song-and-dance. But unfortunately for her, they are so generic, they swish by without impact.

On a break from active duty, Captain Virat Bakshi (Akshay Kumar) finds himself up against the mastermind (Daruwala) of a terrorist outfit, who is busily planting ‘sleeper cells’ through the country to be activated when the time is ripe. So, we have Virat careering around Mumbai, leading his men into hair-brained ambushes in which people are dispatched speedily. It’s all very wild West and vigilante.

Other bad guys are tortured and dumped with impunity, and no one suspects our man as he sets about cleaning up the rot. But hey, those looking for logic in this haystack of a plot are just spoil-sports. When there is ‘masala’, why bother with mind and matter, especially in a film that revels in its comic-book silliness? ‘Holiday’ doesn’t take itself seriously, and that is its only saving grace.

Akshay can still deliver a perfect roundhouse kick but he has been looking his age for a while now. He’s slim and fit and agile, and sports a sharp Army-style buzz cut, but he makes everything familiar. In Murugadoss’s earlier Hindi remake ‘Ghajini’, Aamir Khan’s eight packs did the talking, both on and off screen, and all that banded muscle was new for the Khan, and for us. Akshay doesn’t get to roll out enough fresh tricks here.

As the brainy-and-brawny villain, Daruwala has not even an iota of menace: the original had Vidyut Jamwal, and he made at least the action bits fun. The cat-and-mouse chase, with the bad guy making the running, only picks up momentum towards the end : for a change, the second half has more things going on, with a couple of interesting sequences. And the bone-crusher of a climax made me sit up a bit, but it came after too much same old-same old.

Almost as an after-thought, Govinda shows up in a large-ish cameo, looking most ill-at-ease and out of place. What is he doing in a film like this? When will the South ‘masala’ remake find a decent burial? It is long past its sell-by date.

One and a half ( 1.5)

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First Published on: June 6, 2014 10:00 am
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    neetu
    Aug 6, 2015 at 6:06 pm
    what do people think about holiday movie
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    1. मुकेश sonbarse
      Mar 22, 2015 at 10:49 am
      मेरे पास हॉलिडे पार्ट 2 की स्टोरी है पूरी स्लीपर सेल पर बनेगी 1 st पार्ट से पूरी अलग । 9028606020 मुकेश
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        Anon
        Jun 6, 2014 at 4:53 am
        THis is a fake news .ANd stop this type of fake news as people are aware that how serious this movie is .A must watch movie for every Indian
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          aks
          Jun 6, 2014 at 6:54 am
          This reviewer is biased, will give only a SRK a fourstar, no matter what the movie is. Remember also the Ra one?
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            Akshay
            Jun 6, 2014 at 8:23 am
            Each and every review I have read. No review like this of 1.5 stars.... All other reviews are of 3.5 stars to 4.5 stars....... What rubbish....... giving 1.5 stars?
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              amal varman
              Jun 6, 2014 at 10:12 am
              4.5. out of 5.an excellent film.i write it everywhere because i loved this film so much
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                amal varman
                Jun 6, 2014 at 10:15 am
                he knows nothing about film.this i9s an excellent movie.everybody will like this
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                  amal varman
                  Jun 6, 2014 at 10:14 am
                  the person who wrote this review knows nothing about film.this is the best action fuilm so far this year.another gajini is on the roll
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                    hari
                    Jun 6, 2014 at 3:31 pm
                    haven't watched the Hindi version yet but in the Tamil version at least one of the 11 odd soldiers is a Muslim!
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                      ambalika
                      Jun 6, 2014 at 6:17 am
                      By showing all terrorists in the movie,muslim..they are just propagating the misconception that teterrorists can only be muslim..not expected from akshay..very disappointedPlus soooo many flaws in the movie..like they would let u enter in a mall or a picture hall with a gun -_-
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                        amil kaware
                        Sep 18, 2014 at 12:55 pm
                        its very nice movie gift of Indian people as well as Indian army men.
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                          Ankit Dalal
                          Jun 6, 2014 at 6:10 am
                          Its a good movie. Though there is some unnecessary love story, but still a 1 time worth watch movie. Akki rocks as always. Awesome personality of a soldier.My ratings 3.5/5
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                            Ankit Dalal
                            Jun 6, 2014 at 6:07 am
                            The movie is really good and depicts the life of a soldier. Probably Shubhra Gupta might not have got his share of money to publish a good review.
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                              LoveIndia2011
                              Jun 21, 2014 at 11:28 am
                              10 on 10. Excellent Movie. A must watch. Hats off to the movie team!!
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                              1. अंकुश लट्ठ
                                Jun 7, 2014 at 2:30 am
                                यह फिल्म कमाल है.
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                                  Animesh Timsina
                                  Jun 6, 2014 at 2:57 pm
                                  Believe me guys..don't run after reviews!Just simply go and watch the movie because it will surely fulfil ur expectations!Holiday is the best film of 2014....Only the love story is little awkward but overally it certainly makes a great impact in the audience! Must watch.............
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                                    being human
                                    Jun 6, 2014 at 8:05 pm
                                    o Ambalika, I guess you have to watch the movie again, couple of terrorists among the 12 were also Hindus....dont share wrong info...
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                                      Abhi
                                      Jun 6, 2014 at 8:08 pm
                                      Yes Mr Gupta dont be biased...Review the movie correctly else your review will be kicked out like how congress was kicked out...
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                                        Ashit Tandan
                                        Jun 9, 2014 at 10:16 am
                                        Holiday is a fresh and complete new take on the subject of terrorism. It throws light on the sleeper cell network within our country and how the role of one patriotic officer can make a difference. A.R.Murgadoss takes us into the world of Capt. Virat Bakshi, who in spite of being on a holiday, still manages to fall in love and get himself caught up in the terrorist plot to bomb the cityFor an entertaining and madar Bollywood flick.
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                                          Ashit Tandan
                                          Jun 9, 2014 at 10:13 am
                                          what a suitable le had given to this movie " A Soldier Is Never Off Duty "
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                                            Azad
                                            Jun 13, 2014 at 2:24 am
                                            The movie was undoubtedly good and akshay has given probably the best performance of his life.. The reviewer has not done justice to the movie. This is a fact that the storyline did had loops and at many a point it felt senseless. But the overall package is so "impactful" with correct blend of emotions and amazing action it really makes it a great movie..
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