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Holiday movie review– A brainless thriller, minus the thrills…!


 

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  • Film: Holiday
  • Starring: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Sumit Raghavan
  • Release Date: 6th June 2014
  • Produced by :Twinkle Khanna, Reliance Entertainment
  • Directed by: A.R.Murugadoss
  • Story/Screenplay:  A.R.Murugadoss
  • Music: Pritam

In the latest flick Holiday, director A.R. Murugadoss does a Ghajini again, by reprising his own tamil blockbuster Thupakki down south, and this time , its Akshay Kumar in the lead, who after consecutive  disappointments in his previous flicks ( Boss, Once Upon a time in Mumbai Dobara..), looks to stabilize his box office status . To be honest, Akshay doesnt dissapoint here. He plays the role of a cool and composed military officer with conviction, but unfortunately, he is let down by his director and the incongruous writing of the film. So we are left for yearning for more at the end of this long running film that could have seriously done with taut editing.

 

Army Captain  Virat ( Akshay)visits his place for a  holiday, and the moment he unboards the train, he is dragged for a bride approval ceremony for Saiba ( Sonakshi) by his parents . In parallel, a bomb blast triggers a hunt for  terrorists who plan to  rips apart Mumbai through their calibrated  sleeper cells  and threaten to terrorize his land. Virat takes the cudgels to salvage his country and turns a one man army to preserve Mumbai from the deadly terrorists.

 

Holiday capsules a intelligent plot, but gets swiftly squandered through some ineligible logic and a digressing romantic angle. It gets too hard to believe when a suspect hides in our jawans cupboard, and Virat supplies free flowing ammunition to his squadron to crack the sleeper cell network.  Holiday lacks the pace and guffaws generously with brain dead logic, which punches the film at its core. In addition, we have the usual romantic angle which detours the film at critical angles. To give its due, some slick action sequences ( specially during the climax) during the post interval portions serves an  engaging view, but then again, it was absolutely difficult to fathom the incapability and a complete side track of the local mumbai police. . Murugadoss redeems his original film  scene by scene, but keeps the screenplay loose and with lot of holes, and his reprisal clearly lacks the urgency that a thriller should possess.

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An ageing Akshay looks fit and in prime form , specially during the action sequences, and leads the proceedings impressively, but gets off track during romantic scenes. Sonakshi Sinha strictly plays an  eye candy , for songs and dance. This comes as a dampener, specially after her brilliant performance in Lootera. Sumit Raghavan, as Akshays cop-buddy gets more screen time and does justice to it. Newbie Farhad , playing the lead villian, manages to arrest some attention , but he has a long way to go..Govinda, in a cameo as Akshays senior, looks jaded and confused.

A long drawn and stretched to the hilt, Holiday ultimately belongs to Akshay, who carries the film on his shoulders, and also, by dishing out justice in his unique way. But at the end of it, Holiday just spoils your own holiday when your humongous expectation to see a entertaining and engrossing flick, goes completely for a toss..

 

PopCorn Entertainment Rating: 2/5

 

 

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