Holiday Review: Akshay Kumar shines, movie doesn’t!

Vipul Shah and Akshay Kumar have a decent track record with hits like Waqt, Namaste London and Singh is Kingh behind them. So when they team up with the director for ‘Ghajini’ to remake the Tamil Blockbuster Thupakki in Hindi you expect it to work wonders. The makers have promised a taut thriller which can appeal to the masses as well as the classes. Do the promises hold true? Lets find out!

Story: Captain Virat Bakshi (Akshay Kumar) is a soldier in the Indian army and goes back home on holiday. His family members coax him to meet a girl (Sonakshi) for marriage whom he instantly refuses because she is too submissive. But when he discovers that she is actually a boxer his views change and he immediately runs back to her. Meanwhile, his duties as a soldier come back to the fore and he is entrusted with the duty of deactivating terrorist sleeper cells threatening to blow up the city of Mumbai. A game of cat and mouse ensues leading to a predictably action-filled climax.

When a director makes the same film in a different language you’d expect that the loopholes in the previous film would be taken care of. But alas, AR Murugadoss has no such plans as he makes almost an identical frame-by-frame remake of his own film. Holiday turns out to be a case of a good film lost in translation. It has too many subplots for a taut thriller and the romantic angle is given undue importance. The pace of the film is acceptable, though. But the problem is the faux pas patriotism and the fake realistic approach, and the regressively misogynist storyline.

Holiday Movie Review

A film like Holiday needs to hit all the right notes in the technical department and the crew try their best to make Holiday look like a slick action thriller. The action scenes are well-choreographed. The editing is lax but the cinematography suits the nature of the film. The music by Pritam is a big letdown and you come out with only two memorable songs – Shaayrana and Ashq Na Ho. Background music is okay.

Acting: Not many can match Akshay Kumar in the action department and when he is at it, he leaves you spellbound. But the tragedy of Holiday is the over-reliance on Akshay’s acting abilities rather than his action capabilities. Sonakshi Sinha has played the same character that she has played in almost all of her films barring Lootera. She doesn’t have much to do and her pairing with Akshay has become irritating now. Sumeet Raghavan does his role a lot of justice and provides the comic relief. The main antagonist of the film Freddy Daruwala is the worst find of the year. He can’t act even if his life were dependant on it. Vidyut Jamwal would have been perfect if he was cast in his role. Govinda makes an alluring cameo.

Conclusion: ‘Holiday – A solider is never off duty’ could have been an intelligent commercial entertainer but it fails to live up to its potential. Regardless of the shady intentions of the makers, the film does have its moments where the heightened stakes work well. Holiday had the potential to be so much more than a strictly-one-time-watch film.

Box office: Due to the lack of high voltage promotions, Holiday will take an average opening at best. But due to the lack of competition and the favourable release period, Holiday might turn out to be a decent grosser.


  • Akshay Kumar is outstanding
  • Sumeet Raghavan is impressive, provides comic relief
  • The action scenes are well choreographed
  • Background score is decent


  • Sonakshi Sinha is again typecast. The Akshay – Sonakshi pairing is getting boring now!
  • Faux pax patriotism
  • Tacky dialogues and fake realism
  • Music is disappointing
  • Loopholes in the story are too many

Rating: ★★½☆☆



  • @babaji ka thullu. Don’t cry for no of star instead cry for box office numbers. Indicine’s 4 or 5 star won’t reflect into box office numbers. Khans movie will do wonder on Bo even with one star and lot of loopholes. Accept that akshay is no more superstar. He is going mithundas way of 90s. Let pray holiday does wonder with the help of good wom. It’s only first day and not over everything. I’m worrying what sort of opening “it’s entertainment” get.

  • When I knew Akshay was doing the remake of Thuppaki I was very certain Akshay got a sureshot 150 crores grosser in his kitty as the movie was just too good. Now it seems even 100 crores is tough. Don’t know what AKshay sir is doing nowadays.
    If Holiday fails to cross 100 crores, then Akshay sir’s It’s Entertainment will do around 50 crores as it is sandwiched between KICK and Singham 2 (both potential top 4 grossers of the year).

  • Even bigger disappointment than Jai Ho, but Jai ho was understandable as it was being directed by Sohail Khan, but Holiday despite being directed by Murugadoss……….

  • Dinda25 what happens to loopholes when talaash n jai ho release? Where does the footfalls go!??

  • Akshay Kumar cannot act. For every film the reviewer/critic is forced to praise the lead actor no matter how bad he acts. Just to make sure the fans are not offended.

  • @indicine team, your review is biased. public is loving the movie alot. reports are awesome. movie is picking up.
    those who are saying its a 60 cr film , they definitely are khans fans and don’t want any other actor including akshay who is a threat to their khans to have any success. but don’t worry Akshay will shine!

    @sachin11, your comment clearly states what kind of hypocrites khans fans are, during movie release, you defend the movie like its heaven’s gift and now after it collected money, you yourself are admitting that it had loopholes. so, according to you, all films should be measured on the basis of their collection only ?? most of the films which collected big money are crap films. about action ? khans don’t know action. they use body doubles. akshay kumar has been doing action all along his career by himself till now.
    @Babaji Ka Thullu, thanx for the support buddy. you have always been unbiased. respect that.

  • all i was going to say other fellas said on their comments,so @Indicine,please before your publish anything make sure every staff of you knows what is on the website and what will be

  • @indicine. You deserve this hatred…..Holiday is an awsome flick…..You guyz take out the milk of evry Akki Starrer and torcher it from every aspect…..Try to do this wid Khan Starrer flicks too…..Check evry film in every aspect……Dun b baised like yu guyz r

  • I have already said that indicine team is srk loyals and anti has got fantastic public response and it is picking up everywhere.

  • Dear Indicine for god sake stop being biased with your reviews. You said you loved the movie. Today when d movie didn’t take strong opening you gave a bad review. You wouldn’t have done this with any Khan movie….I wish you get the right punishment for doing this….

  • @indicine what is that, the last day you written we have seen holiday and loved it, if you loved a movie than give 2.5 star so if you don’t like a movie than you will rate 0 or -1. I haven’t seen the movie but i have read and seen reviews that people loves the film. So holiday will be a winner if the looking wom works audience to bring in theatre. Overall disappointed with opening of holiday. Below the mark opening and made tough to reach 100cr, if first day collection is any thing less than 10cr, than 100cr is a big task and RR is out of reach, but if wom works wonders than any thing can happen. Btw whatever the clip and trailer i have seen of holiday i found Akshay looking fab in the army officer role, as he has tough look and fittest body. No one can looki better than Akki in these soldier role. Fingers crossed. Hope movie does great. @babaji don’t panic, d3 is history and became all time grosser, whatever loopholes it has or not is not worth to talk. Focus on upcoming films. Bang-2 will have many.

  • @r20
    Haha Babaji ka thullu is always unbiased….Good joke…..someday visit Srk related article……..and then talk about his unbiased behavior..

  • I am a SRK fan,but i must praise akshay for his super magnificent work in the movie,i don’t watch the movie yet,bt i like the trailer nd the music as well,trailer is superb………it deserves a 100 cr film minimum.I will watch holiday,ALL THE BEST

  • You allways criticise akshay can’t act.but it is the screen presence,mannerisams,dialogue delivery,dance and action skills etc are allways expected from hero of the film.if you want to watch real acting then go for drama or play

  • I watched the movie today….Only one word “OUTSTANDING” You will laugh+you will be thrilled…. A complete blend of Entertainment….smart script..perfect screenplay and brilliant performances. Though the romantic angle at some point and some songs seem forcible..but these minor things does not make any impact due to the brilliant screenplay.I could n’t even realise the movie is this long. it never irritates you. The screenplay keeps you engaged and sit at the edge of your seat to think what will happen next….And Finally A GRAND SALUTE to our Indian Army…..They are the true Hero.
    Gonna watch it again tomorrow….

  • never believe on critics…………..they have always came up against Akshay Kumar……go ahead……watch it

  • I said many times what’s the benefit of crying akki fans?if your star do something different then definitely gonna watch that.but if you blindly do south film copy paste everytime then people will not even ask you it’s a risk for akki to work in film gabbar that film also seems couldn’t cross 60-70cr.after jai ho,boss flopped akki should learnt salman fans are enjoying and are making fun of akki fans but mark my word kick will struggle to surpass 150cr.people have opened their mind and south copy paste artists are in trouble now.

  • Holiday is great film, unique plot and story line, Akshay Kumar rocks and so is the film, according to me the 4/5 star rating seems fair enough. Director AR Murugadoss does justice and delivers a power packed film.

  • Hope it’ll do good business too…now waiting 4 Devil’s KICK….
    Anybody knows singham2 & action Jackson release date ?

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