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 by A. R. Murugadoss
Produced by Aruna Bhatia
Twinkle Khanna
Vipul Amrutlal Shah
Written by A. R. Murugadoss
Based on Thuppakki
by A. R. Murugadoss
Starring Akshay Kumar
Sonakshi Sinha
Sumeet Raghavan
Freddy Daruwala
Music by Songs:
Background Score:
Prasad Sashte
Cinematography Natarajan Subramaniam
Edited by Amitabh Shukla
Distributed by Reliance Entertainment
Release date
  • 6 June 2014 (2014-06-06)
Running time
170 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 50 crore[1]
Box office 178 crore[1]

Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty is a 2014 Indian action thriller film written and directed by A. R. Murugadoss, and produced by Vipul Shah. It features Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles, along with Farhad as the antagonist in his Bollywood debut and Govinda in a special appearance. It is a remake of Murugadoss' own acclaimed Tamil film Thuppakki (2012).[2] The film released on 6 June 2014,[3] becoming the biggest net grosser of the first half of 2014.[4][5] The movie was reported to be one of the best thrillers to come out of Bollywood.[6] It was also reported that Akshay Kumar's career took a new turn in terms of story selection and box office success with this movie. [7] Akshay Kumar was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Actor at 60th Filmfare Awards.


Virat Bakshi (Akshay Kumar), Captain in D.I.A., 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 traveling 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 planted the bomb but he escapes from the hospital with the help of a police officer. Virat kidnaps the terrorist again, tortures him to ascertain the name of the police officer and also forces corrupt police officer Ashok Gaikwad (Gireesh Sahedev) to commit suicide. He later discovers 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. 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 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 (Randheer Rai) 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 kidnapes them. When Virat realizes the plan, he substitutes one of the girls to be kidnapped, with his younger sister Priti (Cherry Mardia). Using his pet dog Rocky and his sister's dupatta, he manages to reach the terrorist's hideout. He eliminates all the terrorists and rescues all the victims including his sister, 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 realizing 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 and forces Virat to surrender. Virat decides to sacrifice his life and plans a suicide attack by instructing Mukund and his fellow officers 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 (Randheer Rai) who was in touch with Mukund as instructed by Virat, plants a bomb at the base of the ship. Virat has a one-on-one fight with Shadab and escapes with him 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.



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 30 crore (US$4.5 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 released on 5 December 2014, while Holiday released on 6 June 2014.


Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty
Soundtrack album by Pritam Chakraborty
Released 30 May 2014 (2014-05-30)
Genre Feature Film Soundtrack
Length 30:42
Label Zee Music Company
Pritam Chakraborty chronology
Shaadi Ke Side Effects
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The songs featured in the film were composed by Pritam. Additional songs featured in the audio CD were composed by Kaushik Dutta. 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 movie.

A reprise version of the song Ashq Na Ho was released by Zee Music on 17 March 2016. The Reprise version was sung by singer Asees Kaur.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Singer(s) Length
1. "Shaayraana" Irshad Kamil Pritam Arijit Singh 4:21
2. "Tu Hi Toh Hai (Film Version)" Irshad Kamil Pritam Kunal Ganjawala 3:55
3. "Ashq Na Ho" Irshad Kamil Pritam Arijit Singh 5:53
4. "Blame The Night" Irshad Kamil Pritam Arijit Singh, Aditi Singh Sharma, Piyush Kapoor 4:39
5. "Palang Tod" Sukumar Dutta Kaushik Dutta Mika Singh, Ritu Pathak 3:46
6. "Tu Hi Toh Hai" Irshad Kamil Pritam Benny Dayal 3:58
7. "Palang Tod (Version 2)" Sukumar Dutta Kaushik Dutta Mika Singh, Ritu Pathak 4:10
Total length: 30:42

Critical reception[edit]

The movie has received positive reviews from the critics. ABP News similarly rated it 4.5/5, calling it a"fast paced, exhilarating roller coaster ride"[15] 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.[16]
The Times Of India gave the movie 3.5 rating 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!"" [17] 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".[18] The romantic angle of the movie was criticised.[19] Hindustan Times praised the performance of Akshay Kumar.[20] Filmfare critic praised the movie as, "Genuinely smart action thriller" [21]


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  9. ^ a b "Sonakshi Sinha dons boxing gloves to play Boxer Saiba in 'Holiday'". IBN News. 7 April 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Freddy Daruwala – the new villain in Akshay Kumar's career". Joginder Tuteja. 15 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Skyfall action director roped in Akshay's Thuppakki remake". Subhash K Jha. 25 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Holiday In A Similar Boat To Jai Ho. 12 June 2014
  13. ^ "Akshay Kumar to lose weight for 'Thuppakki' remake". Subhash K Jha. The Times Of India. 7 December 2012. 
  14. ^ "Akshay's Thupakki Remake To Clash With Ajay's Action Jackson; Sonakshi Suffers!". Koimoi. 3 December 2013. 
  15. ^ MOVIE REVIEW: 'Holiday' – fast paced, exhilarating roller-coaster ride. 4 June 2014
  16. ^ "Movie Review". Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  17. ^ Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India. (5 June 2014). Retrieved on 2015-05-25.
  18. ^ Saltz, Rachel (8 June 2014) [A Paragon of Honor, With a Little Time Off for Love]. The New York Times
  19. ^ Movie review: Long duration and romance make Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty slow : Reviews, News – India Today. (5 June 2014). Retrieved on 2015-05-25.
  20. ^ Movie review: Akshay impresses in Holiday's action sequences. Retrieved on 25 May 2015.
  21. ^ Movie Review: Holiday. (6 June 2014). Retrieved on 2015-05-25.

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