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Movie Review : Holiday
« on: June 05, 2014, 04:31:41 PM »
Movie Review : Holiday

After giving a blockbuster in the form of ‘Ghajini’ and taking Bollywood into the 100 crore club for the first time, ace director A.R. Murugadoss is back with another flick in ‘Holiday-A Soldier Is Never Off Duty’ starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha. The film is all set to hit the screens tomorrow and we have a detailed review much in advance. Let’s see how the film is!
Story :
‘Holiday’ begins with soldier Virat Bakshi (Akshay Kumar) coming to his hometown for a vacation. After falling in love with Saiba (Sonakshi Sinha), he witnesses some terror activities going on in the city. Soon enough, Virat alongwith his army friends take on a mission to catch the head of the sleeper cell network who is the root cause for the terror activities.

Will Virat be able to succeed in his mission? What problems will he have to face during the process? The answer to these questions is what ‘Holiday’ is all about!

Plus Points :

Murugadoss is an amazing director and that was quite evident with his debut movie and this film proves to be another feature in his illustrious cap. The director has a lot of talent and the best thing about his direction is that he can also makes the actor look good or better. The film is a remake of the South Indian film ‘Thupakki’ and it definitely is one of his best works.

The movie is extremely engaging and crisp and not once during the film will you will feel bored or feel that the story is dragging. While there have been a number of films in Bollywood which have dealt with the subject of terrorism, ‘Holiday’ takes on a whole new aspect.

After giving some back-to-back flops, Akshay finally delivers a performance that is absolutely praise-worthy. Special mention goes to the actor’s stylist for designing some absolutely unique and good clothes for him.

Sonakshi has lost a lot of weight and looks stunning in every scene. Govinda, who is seen in a special appearance in the film, gets to do what he does best and that is comedy! The rest of the cast is equally good.

Minus Points :

There are quite a few scenes in the movie which appear unwanted. For example, the boat fight scene during the climax has been dragged a bit too much. Also the romantic scenes between Sonakshi and Akshay that appears again and again out of nowhere could have also been skipped.

A few of the scenes in the film including the one where the villain comes to know about Akshay’s involvement in stopping the terrorist activities are perplexing.

Freddy Daruwala, who plays the villain in the film, is hideous. He definitely has to brush up his acting skills as well as his dialogue delivery.

Technical Aspects :

As mentioned earlier, Murugadoss’ direction is top-notch and he surely deserves a pat on his back for researching on the topic so very well. The movie comes out as a great combination of a masala entertainer as well giving out a social message. I can go on and on about Murugadoss’s amazing direction, but I have a word limit to stop at!

The screenplay is pitch perfect, but the editing could have better in a few places. Speaking of the songs, the music of the film by Pritam is excellent. All the songs are good and are placed in the perfect place at the perfect time.

Also the first part of the film has only one song which is a good thing as the story is so engaging that songs could have acted as a hindrance instead.

The background score could have been better. The film is a fast-paced and does not bore you at all.

Verdict :

Overall, ‘Holiday’ is one film that will be liked by both masses and classes and full marks should be given to the superlative direction, songs and screenplay. Khiladi Akshay Kumar is back with a bang and does not disappoint you at all. A must watch for one and all!

Bollywood3 Rating : 3.5/5

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Movie Review : Holiday
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2014, 08:36:01 AM »
Cast:Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Govinda, Sumeet Raghavan, Freddy Daruwala
Music: Pritam
Director: A R Murgadoss
Writer: A R Murgadoss

Spoilers Alert

Tough guys don’t sing and dance, do they? Hang on, Captain Virat Bakshi, the pugnacious protagonist of Holiday, isn’t your average action hero.

He is much more than just a man in military fatigues. Kick-boxer, sharpshooter, dancer, spy: he has the ability to become what he wills.

But one thing he certainly isn’t is a tinker. Half-measures definitely aren’t his scene.

He is an invincible superhero primed to put all invincible superheroes in the shade.

In the city that never sleeps, he leaps before he thinks and pulls off acts of impossible derring-do, not a hair out of place.

He outmanoeuvres, outruns, outguns and outpunches everyone that comes in his way, and all this when he is home on a sabbatical from border skirmishes. Imagine how potent this incredible man would be on the battlefield!

But should a soldier on holiday be allowed to take leave of his senses and run riot? Writer-director A R Murugadoss would have us believe that he should for the greater good of the nation.

The suave DIA (Defence Intelligence Agency) operative is, as it transpires, a DIY bone doctor too.

A violent climactic duel with a terrorist on a vessel anchored off the Mumbai coast leaves the hero with a badly twisted right arm.

Unfazed, he dares the boyish villain to unlock his handcuffs. The baddie heeds the plea.

What happens next generates a burst of unintended mirth. Our Man Flint knocks his own dislocated bones into place before proceeding to turn the tables on his evil adversary.

By that point in the film, which is nearly three hours in, Holiday is a ride gone horribly wrong.

It is a drab and dreary action thriller in which neither the action nor the thrills rise to any great heights.

In the end, Holiday resembles the hero’s aforementioned broken arm, a crooked and cracked limb in desperate need of a bone replacement surgery.

Holiday is a remake of Murugadoss’ 2012 Tamil hit Thuppakki, which was a more watchable flick for the most part on account of its unusual plot and an infinitely more imposing bad guy in the shape of Vidyut Jamwal.

Out here, logic is given an extended break as lead actor and co-producer Akshay Kumar, in the guise of the rough and ready soldier, goes about the task of ridding Mumbai of sundry sleeper cells that are planning a huge terror strike.

The man is on leave, so he need not follow any rules. He has a free run of the field, aided occasionally by boyhood chum and feckless local cop Mukund Deshmukh (Sumeet Raghavan) and a retired sniffer dog.

Virat alights from a train at Mumbai Central and is whisked off by his family to see his prospective bride, Saiba (Sonakshi Sinha).

The girl is not my type, Virat rules. She is too bashful and submissive for my liking, the man of ceaseless action declares.

It turns out that the girl isn’t quite the withering lily that Virat thinks she is. She is a boxer who packs a mean punch.

Suitably impressed, Virat has a change of heart, love blossoms and a song ensues.

The number kicks off on a baseball ground and flits from a tennis court to a judo mat to a basketball arena before ending with a javelin piercing a pounding faux heart held aloft by the hero.

And there is more equally ludicrous action on the way. A bus ride ends in a bomb blast, and Virat nabs the terror suspect.

Sure enough, the hero’s holiday quickly turns into a protracted unofficial anti-terror military op.

A dangerous game of one-upmanship unravels between him and the masterminds behind the deadly sleeper cells that are lying in wait to wreak havoc in the metropolis.

The terrorists are led by a shadowy young man (Farhad, formerly Freddy Daruwala) who has a personal grouse against the captain.

Holiday does have a few moments that are absorbing in a facile sort of way, but the novelty of the plot wears off rather quickly.

The methods that the secret agent employs to fight the terrorists raise more questions than they answer. Why on earth would the Mumbai Police so willingly take a back seat when the city is a sitting duck?

Virat, on his part, doesn’t do much sleuthing. He resorts instead to mere surmising and second guessing in order to stay ahead of the bad guys. More often than not, his brainwaves hit home.

Both the pace and length of the film are adversely affected by gratuitous detours that the screenplay takes into romantic banter between the soldier and his girl, which involves the hero’s bumbling commanding officer (a terribly miscast Govinda in a cameo).

Worse still, the songs are bunged in at absolutely wrong junctures, butchering whatever little intrigue is generated by the mild twists and turns inherent in the screenplay.

Holiday lacks the sustained intensity and urgency of an edge-of-the-seat spy thriller.

The script does not allow Akshay Kumar to be the no-nonsense action hero that would have held the film in better stead.

His lover boy act only dilutes the larger-than-life persona of the fearless and single-minded mean machine that he is supposed to be.

Akshay strives hard to make the most of a bad deal. He wins a battle or two, but loses the war.

That, in a nutshell, is the story of the film as a whole

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Movie Review : Holiday
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2014, 08:38:10 AM »
Ratings:4/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama
HOLIDAY - A SOLDIER IS NEVER OFF DUTY comes across as an exception because the smartly-packaged fare never loses focus from its core issue [the fight between an army man and terrorists], with the post-interval portions diversifying into race-against-time thriller mode. Also, Murugadoss employs the right tricks to woo the entertainment-seeking spectator -- abundant turns in the screenplay, the face off between good and evil, the hand-to-hand combat, the subtle humor, the nail-biting finale et al -- but at the end of the day, the message that the film communicates resonates loud and clear. On the whole, HOLIDAY - A SOLDIER IS NEVER OFF DUTY is a slick action-thriller that keeps you engrossed, enthralled and captivated all through, thanks to its fascinating premise and a watertight, razor-sharp screenplay. Go for it!

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Movie Review : Holiday
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2014, 08:38:59 AM »
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Madhureeta Mukherjee Site: Times Of India (TOI)
Murgadoss' film (remake of the Tamil 'Thupakki') offers an intelligent plot, with blows, blasts and raw bone-cracking action (Greg Powell- of 'Skyfall' fame). It triggers a fear that anyone from your paanwala to pizza-delivery boy could be a 'closet' terrorist (Beware!). While the core plot is compelling and finely directed, the side-tracks - like bombs needing to be deactivated and the romantic angle, waste screen-time and the songs infiltrate the plot too often. The film is too long and needs a taut edit. It has flaws too, but doesn't fail to entertain.

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Movie Review : Holiday
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2014, 08:43:55 AM »
ee film chusinapudalla charan murugadoss tho film cheste baguntunddi ani pistunddi. hope na korika twaraga tirutunddi ani