Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:41:27.3330000 IST


After a spate of hit films with equally popular music (leaving aside ACTION REPLAYY), the filmmaker-actor duo, Vipul Shah and Akshay Kumar team up again. And this time it's for the Murugadoss (of GHAJINI fame) directed HOLIDAY- A SOLDIER IS NEVER OFF DUTY. It's the ever reliable composer Pritam who has been assigned with the task of providing music for this romantic action flick, along with his tested lieutenant, lyricist Irshad Kamil. The combo has provided memorable chartbusting music on various occasions and one is sure that they will surely come up with the same here as well.

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As always it's a chartbusting start that Pritam provides with the light frothy romantic number, 'Tu Hi Toh Hai'. The tune may be a heard before one but that hardly matters as one gets easily addicted to this catchy number, especially the chorus. Benny Dayal does justice though his voice does not suit Akshay and at times his diction is flawed.

The second version of 'Tu Hi Toh Hai' is rendered by Kunal Ganjawala and is almost like a remixed version with lots of added rhythm and beats and makes for a good repeat and is more club and disco friendly.

CHECK OUT: Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty - Songs Lyrics

The catchy number gives way to the soft, serene love ballad, 'Shaayraana', which has strong inspiration from Pritam's very own chartbusting, 'Pee Loon' (ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI). However it is ear pleasing and sounds good as long as it lasts. Arjit sings well, but the highlight is the unique lyrics that lend the song that novel touch.

A highly rhythmic, groovy club dance/ trance number 'Blame The Night' has the Pritam stamp all over, be it the sizzling background musical arrangements, the auto tuned vocals of lead singers (Arijit, Aditi Singh and Piyush Kapoor) to give the song that required zing and club feel.


In between [when the script demands] he takes time off to woo Saiba (Sonakshi Sinha). Initially, he has a problem with Saiba, who he goes to meet with his parents. He finds her too tame and gharelu. But when he sights her in a boxing ring, he knows that this match is made for him.

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Murugadoss takes time then to introduce their romance whilst at the same time keeping the tempo up where the sleeper cells are concerned.

Apart from Akshay, it is Freddy Daruwalla (sleek, stylish and menacing) as the villain who makes a powerful impact.

CHECK OUT: Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty Movie Dialogues

For Sonakshi Sinha, this is another 'walk-in-the-park' kind of role, which she has perfected.

For Akshay Kumar fans, this is a must-see movie. It will not only entertain, but will also help you spare a moment in prayer for the ones fighting on the borders of our country; our real heroes.


If you are looking for some dhamekadar time pass, HOLIDAY is a film for you. It's clear from the beginning that this is no serious cinema; just pure action, with some crazy dialogues delivered with deadpan charm by Akshay Kumar.

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The khiladi is clearly having the time of his life as he goes about eliminating the sleeper cells, the filth from the political system and saluting our war heroes. In fact, it is the last named peg that actually works for the film as it takes the movie to a totally different direction from the other mindless cinema we have seen of late.

In whatever little way it is possible, A R Murugadoss (of GHAJINI fame), throws light on the real heroes of our country, who fight valiantly so that we have a peaceful slumber at night. His vignettes of the war-wounded and the way they are treated are as profound as the way they are packed in second class compartments when they report for their various battalions.

CHECK OUT: Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty - Songs Lyrics

Captain Viraat Bakshi (Akshay Kumar) is a soldier on special duty in the Indian Army. Any opportunity is a game for him. So if the train has a failed engine, he manages to play a game with his colleagues in the fields. And in the midst of a wedding celebration, he takes off with a dozen colleagues to knock-off 12 terrorists who are on a mission to bomb 12 different locations in Mumbai. He waits for no permission from the higher-ups. In fact, no one knows what he is up to.

Viraat does all this in style, with no remorse, even cutting off fingers of the terrorists with glee and dumping them in his wardrobe after they are thoroughly drugged.


In between [when the script demands] he takes time off to woo Saiba (Sonakshi Sinha). Initially, he has a problem with Saiba, who he goes to meet with his parents. He finds her too tame and gharelu. But when he sights her in a boxing ring, he knows that this match is made for him.

Murugadoss takes time then to introduce their romance whilst at the same time keeping the tempo up where the sleeper cells are concerned.

Apart from Akshay, it is Freddy Daruwalla (sleek, stylish and menacing) as the villain who makes a powerful impact.

CHECK OUT: Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty Movie Dialogues

For Sonakshi Sinha, this is another 'walk-in-the-park' kind of role, which she has perfected.

For Akshay Kumar fans, this is a must-see movie. It will not only entertain, but will also help you spare a moment in prayer for the ones fighting on the borders of our country; our real heroes.

Rating 3/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Govinda, Sumeet Raghavan and Freedy Daruwala, Sumeet Raghavan and Freddy Daruwalla
  • Lyrics: Irshad Kamil
  • Director: A.R. Murugadoss
  • Music Director: Pritam
  • Release Date : 06 Jun 2014