Director A.R.Murgadoss debuted in our Hindi films with 'Ghajini', which was a path-breaking cinema in various terms. Cine viewers loved the cinematic sensibilities of this director who changed the face of remakes and masala entertainers, as it was dealt in an intellectual manner. Now, after a gap of six years he comes back with his latest film 'Holiday' with Akshay Kumar, whose last few masala entertainers have been going totally wrong. Last year also witnessed the debacle of many south Indian remakes due to its overdose and non conviction level. The remaining masala entertainers ended up as half baked products or encashed only over its past glory. In such testing times for masala entertainers, lets find out what lies in for 'Holiday', will it join the endless list of weak south Indian remakes or might manage to bring back this genre to its right track with full dose of entertainment.
'Holiday' is the story of an Indian army officer Virat Bakshi (Akshay Kumar), who comes home in his holidays to get married. His parents want him to get married to Saiba (Sonakshi Sinha), but Virat rejects Saiba and after a while starts loving her. On the other side, a leader of sleeper cells (Farhad) starts planning a series of attacks in Mumbai city. But accidently Virat comes to know about these plans and what happens next, is what the film is all about.
Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story might sound like a typical run of the mill types of film, but actually has lots of thrilling elements attached to it. It's an official remake of a super hit Tamil film 'Thuppakki'. Every scene involving terrorism will keep you glued to the silver screen. There are some superb scenes like Akshay nabbing the first terrorist followed by his confrontation with ACP, Akshay and his group trying to finish the terrorist, the whole cat and mouse chase between Akshay and Farhad, Akshay - Sumeet Raghavan arguments over the martyrs, Akshay saves the girls and a few more which will entertain you throughout the movie. On the flip side, the whole Sonakshi track seemed to drag in the second half. These unwanted scenes dilute the impact of the film. Also, the length of the film (almost 3 hours) works as the biggest negative point due to which one tends to lose interest from the film. Such movies have to be razor swift and direct to the point. The camera work is of top notch and all the action scenes (especially the ones coordinated by Greg Powell) are performed brilliantly.Music & Direction:
Music by Pritam is good and peppy. The songs go well with the flow of the film. 'Tu Hi To Hai', 'Blame The Night' and 'Aaj Dil Shayrana' are enjoyable.
Director A. R. Murgadoss gives us another good masala entertainer. 'Holiday' might not be as great as 'Ghajni', but is definitely miles above the recent trials we have been witnessing in the name of masala entertainers or south Indian remakes. The thriller part is handled brilliantly and gives cinematic pleasure to its viewers. The romantic track needed to be more entertaining as it could not match up with the standards of the thriller track. Murgadoss could have either restricted himself to around two and half hour in terms of the film's length or could have avoided some side tracks.Performances:
Akshay Kumar looks fantastic in an army uniform. He is tough, smart and raw. His action scenes are mind blowing and is totally in his character. The star power rises up only in the finale portions, which will give cinematic pleasures to the single screen audience too. Sonakshi Sinha is cute in her role, but her western attire and sporty looks misfires. Her track could have been more entertaining and not just as an addition to the film. It's great to see ace actors like Sumeet Raghavan in an important role, he shines in every scene of his. Farhad has a menacing character, which he essays with grace. Zakir Hussain is wasted. Govinda is sweet, but needed more detailing.So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well, this movie has lots of dum for all good masala movie lovers. Its not a brainless comedy or an action film, but has intellectual thriller attached to it. It's one of the best masala entertainers from recent times and also from Akshay Kumar. Barring the length and few weak moments 'Holiday' is refreshingly engaging.Ratings : 3.75/5