Review: Holiday


Captain Virat Bakshi (Akshay Kumar), an army man comes back home to Mumbai for his holidays. His family takes him to see a bride (Sonakshi Sinha), and he feels the girl is too soft and an introvert. Later in another occasion, he finds out that she is actually a boxer and is surprised by her personality. Having a police man friend, and the love he develops for this girl, the film revolves around the fun that happens among the three. Until at one point, an anti social activity in the heart of Mumbai city gets him involved into something huge.

Virat Bakshi being a patriot and a special agent in the Indian Army, is dragged into a huge network of terrorism. The rest of the story is about him fighting against the wittiest of Terror head, and how he swipes out the city of Mumbai from Sleeper cells. The film ends with a dedication to the Indian Army.

Akshay Kumar delivers one of the best performances of his career. He’s so convincing as the serious army man, it’s difficult to imagine anyone else in the role. He sinks deep into Virat Bakshi’s character and owns it. Sonakshi Sinha is a breath of fresh air in the film. She brings in the much needed masala in the film.

Surprise element of Holiday – Freddy Daruwala. He nails the role of a terrorist, almost outshining Akshay Kumar at times. He’s cold, merciless and wicked – another icon in the making. It had been long since Bollywood got a great villain, and we think Freddy Daruwala may have finally broken the spell.

With Holiday, director A.R. Murugadoss (Ghajini fame) has undoubtedly delivered one of his best work in Bollywood till date. Just how Murugadoss manages to mix the dark theme of terrorism with a palatable mainstream cinematic platter is a marvel.

Although not his best, music director Pritam has done a great job, giving amazing music to Holiday film. Holiday music album consists great songs sung by Arijit Singh, Benny Dayal, Mika Singh and more.

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. Go watch this one!