Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty
Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty is a 2014 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film written and directed by A. R. Murugadoss, starring Akshay Kumar, Freddy Daruwala, Sumeet Raghavan and Sonakshi Sinha. It is an official remake of Murugadoss' own 2012 Tamil film Thuppakki and follows an Indian Army officer who arrives in Mumbai on vacation and sets out to hunt down the terrorist leader of a sleeper cell network and deactivate the sleeper cells operating under his command.
|Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||A. R. Murugadoss|
|Produced by||Aruna Bhatia|
Vipul Amrutlal Shah
|Written by||A. R. Murugadoss|
|Story by||A. R. Murugadoss|
|Based on||Thuppakki (Tamil)|
|Edited by||Amitabh Shukla|
|Distributed by||Reliance Entertainment|
|Box office||est. ₹1.7 billion|
The film was released worldwide on 6 June 2014. Made on a budget of ₹500 million, the film became a commercial success at the box office. With worldwide earnings of over ₹1.78 billion, Holiday proved to be one of the highest-grossing Indian films of 2014. Kumar's acting was appreciated, earning him a Filmfare Award nomination for Best Actor.
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, Ajmal Lateef, 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 Ajmal 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 Ajmal'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 Ajmal himself. 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, Ajmal included, and kills them before they could trigger the bombs.
When the leader of these sleeper cells, Shadab Ali Farooqui (Freddy Daruwala), whose brother, Afsar Ali, was also one of the sleeper bombers, 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 terrorists' 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 tactic fails, Shadab decides to target the primary assailant himself. He kills Kapil and his family, he being one of the army officers, through a blast, and forces Virat, who he discovers is the man responsible for Afsar's death, 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, holding him alive at gunpoint, on a boat before the ship explodes, also later shooting down Shadab. The film ends with Virat forcing Alvin D'Souza to commit suicide and later returning to guard the border along with his team.
- Akshay Kumar as Virat Bakshi, Captain in DIA, a wing of Indian Army, and a soldier
- Sonakshi Sinha as Saiba Thapar, a boxer and later Virat's love interest
- Freddy Daruwala as Shadab Ali Farooqui, leader of the sleeper cells
- Govinda in an extended cameo appearance as Pratap, Virat's senior commanding officer
- Sumeet Raghavan as Mukund 'Makhiya' Deshmukh, Virat's friend, also a Sub Inspector, Mumbai Police
- Zakir Hussain as Alvin D'Souza, Joint Secretary of Defense
- Randheer Rai as Joel, A groom and a soldier
- Gireesh Sahdev in a cameo appearance as ACP Ashok Gaikwad
- Dipendra Sharma in a cameo appearance as Asif Ali, the second-in-command of the sleeper cells
- Maroof Raza in a special appearance
- Cherry Mardia as Preeti Bakshi, Virat Bakshi's younger sister
- Apoorva Arora as Pinky Bakshi, Virat Bakshi's youngest sister
- Indira Krishnan as Saiba's Mother
- Prayas Mann as Afsar Ali, Shadab's brother
- Akruti Nagpal
- Athar Siddiqui as Army Officer
- Sourav Chakraborty
- Abhay Shukla
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.
The production budget of Holiday is around ₹300 million (US$4.2 million) without Akshay Kumar remuneration, print and advertising costs. 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. Whilst Sonakshi will play a role of boxer and Virat (Kumar's) love interest Saiba. Model and debutant Freddy Daruwala will play the main antagonist pitted against Kumar.
|Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||12 May 2014|
|Genre||Feature Film Soundtrack|
|Label||Zee Music Company|
|Pritam Chakraborty chronology|
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.
|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" (Version 1)||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|
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" 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.
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!"" 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". The romantic angle of the film was criticised by some. Hindustan Times praised the performance of Akshay Kumar. Filmfare critic praised the film as a "Genuinely smart action thriller". Raja Sen of Rediff gave the film 1.5 out of 5 stars and said, "Holiday takes obscene amounts of time getting to the point."
The film has a worldwide gross collection of ₹1,784.0 million against a budget of ₹500 million. Hence, it was a box office success.
Nett gross: ₹1125.3 million
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