While the trailers made us feel that Holiday will be a war movie, the reality is quite different.
With every frame coming straight from the Tamil movie Thuppakki, Holiday does come with a holiday feel where neither the film makers nor the audience takes it seriously. Starring our favorite Khiladi; Akshay Kumar (Virat Bakshi, the never off-duty soldier), the movie comes with mindless action, melodious music and an almost intelligent plot with some loopholes howsoever.
Akshay Kumar is an Indian army soldier who has come to Mumbai for a holiday and to meet the prospective girls for marriage, but ends up stalking the girl he rejected in the first place; Sahiba (Sonakshi Sinha) and finding a new mission to save the maximum city from the terror of sleeper cells headed by the newbie Farhad Daruwala.
While he could have worked with the police taking in confidence his bestie Mukund (Sumeet Raghavan: Sahil from Sarabhai vs Sarabhai), he decides to do it all by himself with some help from Rocky (the sniffer dog) because obviously, the movie is about Indian army and not IPS. As this one-man movie proceeds with flashes of humour, action and intelligence, there are times when you feel what’s going on? How can this guy purposely send his own sister to a gang of terrorists? But there comes a justification in the form of a theory called ‘patriotism’ which could have been achieved anyway. Except a few places where it seems dragged(scenes with Govinda as Akshay’s senior in army) the movie goes on quite smoothly without any significant twists and turns and before you feel any thrill or chill, it ends.
Before we forget, amidst all this you get to see glimpses of Sonakshi Sinha who is a boxing champion (justifying her size and muscles). Just like her previous movies, she has got absolutely no connection with the plot of the movie. She occasionally hangs out and flirts with Akki, sings songs and dances in weird and incomprehensible outfits and doesn’t let go of her favourite monochrome dress even in the movie. Somehow, she still manages to look pretty at times.
Akshay Kumar once again charms with his athletic body and macho moves proving that he’s surely the best looking actor in the 40+ league of Bollywood today. The direction by A. R. Murugadoss stays crisp with all the actors having done justice to their roles except the new guy Farhad who fails to impress and sometimes looks even more clueless than Sonakshi. Music by Pritam especially ‘Tu hi toh hai’ and Shaayraana are pleasing to the ears while the rest are forgettable.
However, the best part about Holiday is that you can actually send your brain and logic on a holiday, sit back with popcorn and enjoy 3 hours of action, comedy, romance and drama that will bring some relief this summer.