Movie Review: Holiday

By Sayantan Dalal

Film: Holiday: A soldier is never off duty

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha

Director: AR Murugadoss

Rating: ***

Akshay Kumar, an army officer, returns to Mumbai on vacation, only to be whisked away to see a potential bride (Sonakshi Sinha), who turns out to be a boxer belle! Along with his romantic escapades, Akki also has the task of destroying sleeper cells and terrorist masterminds, who are out to bomb Mumbai.

AR Murugadoss of Ghajini fame is back with yet anther remake of his 2012 Tamil film, Thuppakki. The film sticks to the original in terms of characters and the duration, but falls short when it comes to wooing the audience. Holiday's intention of being an ode to the Army, is pretty commendable, and thanks to a racy script it's entertaining till a certain point, until it gets cursed and dragged by meaningless song sequences and parallel love angle with Sonakshi, which neither achieves nor contributes to the storyline.

While the romantic episodes between Sonakshi and Akshay simply kills the film's pace, one wishes Govinda had more to do rather than just a cameo. You have to give some credit to Akki though, since he hardly gets any help from his co-actors, yet manages to charm the audience. And it simply kills you to see Sonakshi, waste her talent by playing such a character. In spite of its shortcomings, the film works on several levels and is likely to appeal to the masses, who would love to see Akshay, as the one man army crushing terrorists.

To watch or not to watch:

The film has a crisp screenplay that will keep you hooked to your seats, if only the director had chopped off a few scenes and reduced its 2hrs 51 mins duration, it could have been an amazing action thriller.

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