Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty

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Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty
Holiday - A Soldier Is Never Off Duty (poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byA. R. Murugadoss
Produced byAruna Bhatia
Vipul Amrutlal Shah
Written byA. R. Murugadoss
Story byA. R. Murugadoss
Based onThuppakki (Tamil)
StarringAkshay Kumar
Sonakshi Sinha
Sumeet Raghavan
Freddy Daruwala
Music bySongs:
Pritam
Background Score:
Prasad Sashte
CinematographyNatarajan Subramaniam
Edited byAmitabh Shukla
Production
company
Distributed byReliance Entertainment
Release date
  • 6 June 2014 (2014-06-06)
Running time
170 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget50 crore[1]
Box officeest. 178.40 crore[1]

Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty is a 2014 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by A. R. Murugadoss, based on his own Tamil film Thuppakki and starring Akshay Kumar in the lead role, with Sonakshi Sinha cast opposite him and Freddy Daruwala as the antagonist. It also features Govinda in a cameo role and marks the Bollywood debut of Daruwala.[2][3] It follows an Indian Army Captain who discovers a plot to bombard Mumbai via sleeper cells and sets out to destroy them including their leader, using his intelligence and fighting skills.

The film was released worldwide on 6 June 2014. Made on a budget of ₹500 million,[4] the film became a commercial success at the box office. With worldwide earnings of over ₹1.78 billion,[5] Holiday proved to be one of the highest-grossing Indian films of 2014.[6][7] Kumar's acting was appreciated, earning him a Filmfare Award nomination for Best Actor.

Plot[edit]

Virat Bakshi (Akshay Kumar), Captain in DIA, a secret wing of Indian Army, returns to his home in Mumbai on a holiday. On his arrival, his parents rush him to see Saiba Thapar (Sonakshi Sinha), who they wanted him to marry. But Virat rejects her with an excuse that she is old fashioned and not his type. On the contrary, Saiba is a professional boxer, and is completely modern in her outlook. Virat notices her in a boxing match and falls in love with her instantly.

One day, while travelling in a bus with his friend sub-inspector Mukund "Makhiya" Deshmukh (Sumeet Raghavan), Virat, while chasing a man who he regards with suspicion when he tries to flee the scene of a check going on after a passenger reports his wallet as stolen, witnesses a bomb explosion killing innocent people. Virat manages to capture the man, who he realizes is a terrorist and has planted the bomb, but he escapes from the hospital with the help of a police mole. Virat kidnaps the terrorist again, interrogates him to ascertain the name of the police mole and also forces the police mole, corrupt ACP Ashok Gaikwad (Gireesh Sahedev) to commit suicide. He later discovers while examining contents in the terrorist's bag that a terrorist group has planned serial blasts in Mumbai to be executed in a couple of days with the help of 12 sleeper agents, including the captured terrorist. Virat remembers that on the day when the bombs are going to be planted, there is a wedding where his team member Joel (Randheer Rai) is tying the knot and all his Army officer friends are going to assemble. Along with his fellow Army officers and Mukund, Virat manages to track these bombers, the terrorist included, and kills them before they could trigger the bombs.

When the leader of these sleeper cells, Shadab Ali Farooqui (Freddy Daruwala) finds out about the team of officers involved in the failure of the terrorist attack, he goes to Joel's house and kills his family and finds an album which has photos of team officers. He targets one officer's female relative from each team and kidnaps them. When Virat realises the plan, he substitutes one of the girls to be kidnapped, with his younger sister Preeti (Cherry Mardia). Using his pet dog Rocky and his sister Pinky's (Apoorva Arora) dupatta, he manages to reach the terrorist's hideout. He eliminates all the terrorists and rescues all the victims including Preeti, who was about to be killed after Virat's bluff was exposed. Virat also captures Asif Ali (Dipendra Sharma), who was the leader of the group but later kills him on realising that Asif is just the second-in-command of the sleeper cells.

When this attack fails, Shadab decides to target Virat himself. He kills Kapil and his family, he being one of the army officers, through a blast, and forces Virat to surrender. Virat decides to sacrifice his life and plans a suicide attack by instructing Mukund and his fellow officer Joel to follow him via a tracking chip inserted in his arm and plant a bomb at the terrorists' hideout. Virat then drives to a port in various cars, as instructed by Shadab and ends up on a ship full of terrorists. To his shock, Virat finds out that the cars he was asked to drive had bombs in them, which will frame him and his team as terrorists and also boost their plans to recruit sleeper cells in Indian Army with the help of Joint Defense Secretary of India Mr. Alvin D'souza (Zakir Hussain), who is also a member of this terrorist group. Meanwhile, Joel, who was in touch with Mukund as instructed by Virat, plants a bomb at the base of the ship. By this time Virat realises he must get out alive but during the one-on-one fight with Shadab his shoulder is dislocated. However, he is able to pop it back into place and escapes with Shadab on a boat before the ship explodes, also later killing Shadab. The film ends with Virat forcing Alvin D'souza to commit suicide and later returning to guard the border along with his team.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film's production commenced in 2013 with the working title of Pistol under the banner of Hari Om Entertainment and Sunshine Pictures. The songs are composed by Pritam Chakraborty, while the background score is composed by Prasad Sashte. The stunt coordinator of the film is Greg Powell.[11]

The production budget of Holiday is around 300 million (US$4.2 million) without Akshay Kumar remuneration, print and advertising costs.[12] According to director A. R. Murugadoss, Akshay's role is that of an Army officer for which Akshay lost some weight to fit in the role and to look 12 years younger from his real biological age. Kumar also sported a crew-cut hairstyle for his role.[13] Whilst Sonakshi will play a role of boxer and Virat (Kumar's) love interest Saiba.[9] Model and debutant Freddy Daruwala will play the main antagonist pitted against Kumar.[10]

The film was originally scheduled for a release in early May 2014, which would have clashed with the release of Action Jackson.[14] However, Action Jackson was pushed to December 2014.

Soundtrack[edit]

Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty
Soundtrack album by
Released12 May 2014 (2014-05-12)[15]
Recorded2014
GenreFeature Film Soundtrack
Length30:42
LanguageHindi
LabelZee Music Company
Pritam Chakraborty chronology
Shaadi Ke Side Effects
(2014)
Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty
(2014)
Bajrangi Bhaijaan
(2015)
External audio
Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The film's soundtrack album composed by Pritam, was released on 12 May 2014. Additional songs featured in the audio CD were composed by Kaushik Dutta, were released on 2 June 2014. The lyrics were written by Irshad Kamil for the songs featured in the film. Sukumar Dutta wrote the lyrics for Kaushik Dutta's composition. Prasad Sashte composed the background score of the film. A reprise version of the song "Ashq Na Ho" was released on 17 March 2016. The Reprise version was sung by singer Asees Kaur.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Shaayraana"Irshad KamilPritamArijit Singh4:21
2."Tu Hi Toh Hai" (Film Version)Irshad KamilPritamKunal Ganjawala3:55
3."Ashq Na Ho"Irshad KamilPritamArijit Singh5:53
4."Blame The Night"Irshad KamilPritamArijit Singh, Aditi Singh Sharma, Piyush Kapoor4:39
5."Palang Tod" (Version 1)Sukumar DuttaKaushik DuttaMika Singh, Ritu Pathak3:46
6."Tu Hi Toh Hai"Irshad KamilPritamBenny Dayal3:58
7."Palang Tod" (Version 2)Sukumar DuttaKaushik DuttaMika Singh, Ritu Pathak4:10
Total length:30:42

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The film has received positive reviews from the critics. ABP News similarly rated it 4.5/5, calling it a"fast-paced, exhilarating roller coaster ride"[16] Taran Adarsh gave 4/5 and states that it 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.[17]

The Times of India gave the film 3.5 ratings describing it as This one applauds the jawans who live in the jaws of death, and is a 'wake up' call for all the 'sleepers' that abound. Bravo!""[18] Rachel Saltz of The New York Times stated that "The action sequences mostly have tension and punch, even if the movie is old-school long – 2 hours 41 minutes – and the plot doesn't bear too much scrutiny".[19] The romantic angle of the film was criticised by some.[20] Hindustan Times praised the performance of Akshay Kumar.[21] Filmfare critic praised the film as a "Genuinely smart action thriller".[22]

Box office[edit]

The film has a worldwide gross collection of ₹178.40 crore against a budget of 50 crore. Hence, it was a box office success.

Territory Collection
India 153.43 crore
Nett gross: 112.53 crore
Overseas 24.97 crore

References[edit]

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  8. ^ a b "Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty Cast and Crew". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Sonakshi Sinha dons boxing gloves to play Boxer Saiba in 'Holiday'". CNN-IBN. 7 April 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Freddy Daruwala – the new villain in Akshay Kumar's career". Joginder Tuteja. GlamSham.com. 15 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Skyfall action director roped in Akshay's Thuppakki remake". Subhash K Jha. Rediff.com. 25 May 2013.
  12. ^ Holiday In A Similar Boat To Jai Ho. Box Office India. 12 June 2014
  13. ^ "Akshay Kumar to lose weight for 'Thuppakki' remake". Subhash K Jha. 7 December 2012.
  14. ^ "Akshay's Thupakki Remake To Clash With Ajay's Action Jackson; Sonakshi Suffers!". Koimoi. Koimoi.com. 3 December 2013.
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  16. ^ MOVIE REVIEW: 'Holiday' – fast paced, exhilarating roller-coaster ride. abplive.in. 4 June 2014
  17. ^ "Movie Review". Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  18. ^ Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India. The Times of India. (5 June 2014). Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  19. ^ Saltz, Rachel (8 June 2014) [A Paragon of Honor, With a Little Time Off for Love]. The New York Times
  20. ^ Movie review: Long duration and romance make Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty slow : Reviews, News – India Today. India Today.intoday.in (5 June 2014). Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  21. ^ Movie review: Akshay impresses in Holiday's action sequences. Hindustan Times. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
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