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Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty

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Holiday - A Soldier Is Never Off Duty is a film about Captain Virat Bakshi, an army man comes back home to Mumbai for his holidays. His family takes him to see a bride, and he feels the girl is too soft and an introvert.Wikipedia

Holiday - A Soldier Is Never Off Duty Reviews


Akshay Kumar livens up the proceedings now and then, but a lot of it is just thookpatti in this Thuppaki remake.That this film is still not as awful as most typical Akshay Kumar starrers, despite several such harebrained sequences, is to the credit of director AR Murgadoss, who doesn't let something as insignificant as common sense come in the way of telling a convenient story. In Holiday, Murgadoss remakes his own Tamil hit Thuppaki and he doesn't tinker with the blueprint at all.

Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express


‘Holiday’, the official remake of the monster Tamil hit ‘Thuppaki’, gives Akshay Kumar a chance to return to full combat mode. He plays a patriotic soldier willing to stretch a few rules in the line of duty, whether it is wielding sharp shears on a suspect’s finger, or shooting bad guys point blank. Till he’s going bang bang, he’s all right; the moment he gets romancing and joshing, he slides. So does the film.

Raja Sen


Holiday is about the brave men and women fearlessly serving the nation and making sure you rest easy. The men and women who take on unthinkable odds, waking up and rushing to theatres first thing in the morning to catch a movie starring the hero and heroine from Joker and made by the guy who made Ghajini. We watch, and we warn, so you may not have to. Because a critic is never off duty.

Anupama Chopra
Hindustan Times


Holiday - A Solider is Never Off Duty is a superstar vehicle without a brain or a heart.

Jyoti Sharma Bawa
Hindustan Times


Holiday makes for a satisfying watch and will keep the audience coming. A summer hit is on its way!

Mehul S Thakkar
Deccan Chronicle


The unpredictable treatment of the storyline keeps you hooked. While going for the Holiday, you might want to take it again.

Holiday lacks the sustained intensity and urgency of an edge-of-the-seat spy thriller. The script does not allow Akshay Kumar to be the no-nonsense action hero that would have held the film in better stead. His lover boy act only dilutes the larger-than-life persona of the fearless and single-minded mean machine that he is supposed to be.

Madhureeta Mukherjee
Times Of India


Akshay's stunts are jaw-dropping; he's in top form and impressively leads the show without much support from his squadron of actors. Farhad (the lead villain) doesn't leave much impact; and Sonakshi slides in for the song and dance.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!

There's two ways to do an 'army' film. one is about war, tragedy and human loss. Another one is to make it like a secret agent/spy thriller. This one goes the other way but lacks the pace that is needed to keep the viewer interested.

Saurabh Dwivedi
India Today


Watch Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty only if you are a hardcore masala film fan and can sit through three hours.

Taran Adarsh
Bollywood Hungama


...a slick action-thriller that keeps you engrossed, enthralled and captivated all through, thanks to its fascinating premise and a watertight, razor-sharp screenplay. Go for it!


Like most Indian masala movies, Holiday tastes best with a generous few pinches of salt. Akshay Kumar’s face looks too old to be a young army captain. But the way he jumps over cars and navigates down building faces is a feat even the fittest 20-year-olds can only dream of. He is the soul of this film. He makes it fun. He gives you your money’s worth. End of the day, that’s all that matters.


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.

Watch this one. It’s total paisa vasool.

Subhash K Jha


This , then, is that entertainer which tells you that cinema about terrorism need not be dark and grim. Murugadoss keeps the going light-hearted, and yet the undercurrents of tension jump out of the screen to relentlessly claim our attention . Akshay’s character’s basic argument that terrorism can only be countered when the counter-terrorists are as fearless about losing their lives as the terrorists, is put forward with such gusto and conviction,we really can’t argue with the plot premise.



All in all the movie Holiday is an action packed entertaining 'Akshay Kumar special' which is surely a one-time watch if not two.

Audience Reviews for Holiday - A Soldier Is Never Off Duty

  • Saheb Abdullah
    Saheb Abdullah
    82 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    It's A Remake, Have Many South-is & Bollywood-ish things which are Typical, Sonakshi Sinha Is Single Most Irritating Thing In the movie.But the good things are it's story, (That Particular Akki & His Frnds Shooting Terrorist Is High Point) Acting Of Akki Isn't Bad Either.The Film With Such Ingeridents Should Hv Been Better Though

    May 09, 16
  • Sandeep Gupta
    Sandeep Gupta
    94 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    Holiday: A Soldier is Never off Duty. Akshay Kumar after a long time gets a meaty role where he is doing bone crunching action more than jaw breaking comedy. Captain Virat played effortlessly by Akshay is home on his holidays but finds himself at the center of a serial blasts scheme by a terrorist group. He takes the matter into his own hands and runs a one man army from start till end.

    Movie works pretty well whenever it sticks to its central plot. Action scenes are very well cut and thrills embedded with firing dialogues makes it an interesting watch. What works in favor of the movie is the linear screenplay with not confusion around who is who. Sonakshi Sinha does well in her mandatory heroine role. Govinda in a listless cameo falls flat and seems totally out of the place in otherwise well knit story. Songs also do not help and interrupt in the thrilling fun. Songs and Govinda episode convert a two hours worth thrilling story into a two hours and fifty minutes entertainer. Sumeet Raghvan as Akshay's dumb friend is good and evokes few light moments during thrills. Despite its evident flaws Holiday is consistently watchable because of Akshay Kumar. Confrontation scene in climax between Akshay and his counterpart played by Freddy Daruwala does satisfying end to growing tension.

    I am going with strong 7 out of 10 for Holiday. After a long time you can enjoy Akshay doing what he does best.

    June 22, 14
  • Bindu Cherungath
    Bindu Cherungath
    126 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    Holiday, a film by A.R. Murugadoss (also based on his Tamil film Thuppakki), is dedicated to Indian Military and their families. I feel, it is challenging to review such movies because the very intention behind making such movies turns out to be more important and the issues / concepts handled / message conveyed through the movie take precedence over the presentation of the movie. This movie highlights the presence of ‘Sleeper Cells’ in our country. Sleeper cells’ people are trained terrorist guised as common men in society. He / she may be living amongst us – a neighbor, a friend or a mere acquaintance of ours. And when they get the command from their ‘head’, they act, come out of their shells, do bomb blasts and turn out to be the source of terror. In short, sleeper cells mean a group of terrorists, who work very discreetly. Probably, various members don’t even know one another. One particular aspect of this movie is noticeable i.e. unlike other movies based on terrorism, here, sleeper cells and terrorism are explained as byproducts of disgruntlement with government / country. The movie also appreciates the challenges faced by the Military force, who guard the border day and night to give us peaceful lives. Yes, the pace of the movie is very slow, a thriller at slow pace (can we call it a thriller?). Probably the tone of the movie is kept very light purposefully. Captain Virat (Akshay Kumar), who serves Indian Army as DIA (Defense Intelligence Agent – works on secret mission), arrives Mumbai for his yearly holiday. As part of bride-hunting process, his family takes him directly from the railway station to Saibaa’s house (Sonakshy Sinha). Virat says no to Saibaa since he got the impression that Saibaa is a shy girl, but later to his surprise, he finds just the opposite Saibaa in the boxing ring during Mumbai Intercollegiate Competition. Rest, you can definitely predict as far as the relationship status between Virat and Saibaa is concerned.Virat and his Sub-Inspector friend Mukund (Sumeet Raghavan) coincidently become witness to a bomb blast in a bus. Events start unfolding from here. Virat manages to catch hold of one member of the sleeper cell. With his alertness and focused strategy, he is even able to salvage Mumbai from exploding into flames. It is interesting to see (it could also be sort of howlers for some), how Virat understands various cues, takes lead from there and tries to get into the depth of the sleeper cell. Certain light moments are there in the movie, viz. Virat’s tips to Mukund to solve a case, Virat and Saibaa’s ‘yes-no’ game, Virat’s untimely salutation to his boss (Govinda) etc. Akshay as Capt. Virat has given some good action shots. Sonakshi as Saibaa has nothing much to do. She just appears to be a filler in the movie. Virat-Saibaa romance doesn’t take off. Probably, Murugadoss could have focused only on the main track of Terrorism, sleeper cells etc, the side tracks could have been very well avoided.

    June 08, 14
  • Piyush
    1 review

    1.Acting- 9/10
    2.Direction- 9/10
    4.Screenplay -8/10
    5.Story -8/10
    6.Writing -8/10
    7.Key of success -i.Akshay Kumar...He is everything ii.Action Sequences iii.Fast paced movie.
    8.Flaws -i.Sonakshi sinha's romance. ii.Too long

    All in one this one is master piece,,,fultooo paisa wasool............

    June 08, 14