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

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

Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty is an out-and-out Akshay Kumar vehicle. He plays Jack Bauer, Sherlock Holmes, Spiderman and Jason Bourne all rolled into one. Director AR Murugadoss asks you to suspend disbelief and that done, it is a roller-coaster ride.

In Holiday, Akshay Kumar turns fellow guests at a marriage party into an impromptu anti-terror squad and has a canny canine who can smell people miles off. The strength of this film is that despite so many howlers, it carries you along. The film's pace does not flag and its action sequences leave you on the edge of your seat.

On leave from the Indian Army, Virat Bakshi (Akshay) is bride hunting and meets Sahiba (Sonakshi Sinha). Along with his cop buddy (Sumeet Raghavan) he catches a terrorist who is part of a sleeper cell. From then on, he is engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with a terror mastermind (Freddy Daruwala). 

Akshay is probably one of the best action stars Bollywood has seen in a long time and he again reminds us why he is on the top of heap.

A chase sequence in Mumbai streets while rush hour traffic buzzes, hand-to-hand combat and a fight sequence aboard a ship keep the audience engaged. Watch Akshay climb down from a building after doing away with a bad cop and you'll get the Spiderman analogy.

Despite the fact that Holiday is a film about terror and Akshay plays an army man,  the name-calling of terrorists begins, it is not limited to one particular religion. Instead, sleeper cells and terror are explained as byproducts of disenchantment with government/country. 

The thrust here is firmly on common man's duty towards his country. Even Freddy doesn't play a bearded, chest thumping terrorist living in caves somewhere (a caricature of terrorists we see so often in Bollywood) but a tech savvy guy without any back story of wrongs committed against him/his family.

The story is intelligent and keeps you guessing about what happens next.

The film conveys its message without losing out on the entertainment front. The pace is taut and the narration engaging. Action sequences are interspersed with comedy and romance, and don't allow your interest to flag.

Yet, at close to three hours, the film is way too long. Despite a persuasive story, you wish at times that editing was tighter. As well, Sonakshi has nothing to do much in the film and overacts in places. Other than Akshay, no one gets a well defined role in the film.

However, despite these minor cribs, Holiday makes for a satisfying watch and will keep the audience coming. A summer hit is on its way!

Check out the trailer for Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty

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