Production- Hari Om Entertainment|Sunshine Pictures|Reliance Entertainment
Director- A.R. Murugadoss
Cinematography- Natarajan Subramaniam
Editing By- Amitabh Shukla
Original Music by- Pritam
Sound Mix- Dolby Digital|Datasat
Cast- Akshay Kumar,Sonakshi Sinha,Govinda,Freddy Daruwala,Zakir Hussain & Dipendra Sharma.
Holiday….This is a remake of the super hit Tamil action thriller “Thuppakki” which starred Vijay in the lead. Both are directed by AR Murugadoss. Comparison is obvious when it comes to remakes, this one does not disappoint the original, In fact at few places it has been made even better. There are couple of scenes which have been cut and few things been made elaborate in this version. Murugadoss keeps the screenplay tight throughout, The romance factor has been downplayed a bit, which is actually a good thing, there was a song which was forced in to the screenplay at a point which tests your patience.
Akshay Kumar who have been playing the gags for long needed a wake up call, and Murugadoss made that call at the right time. He had an image of an action hero when he started his career, which he had forgotten for a while. This brings him back on track. Akshay is a good actor and a versatile one, he can fit in to any role. As Virat Bakshi he suited well in that attire. It’s high time he moved on from hardcore masala flicks to some serious business. This Holiday is a good come back for him.
Sonakshi Sinha had less screen space to showcase her talent, but she doesn’t have to as she has done that in her earlier films. One thing which is different in this flick is her looks, which have been developed drastically, she looks fabulous. Been seeing her in those traditional outfits for long, this relieved her off them.
Another key character in this flick is the villain, which had a great image in the Tamil version with Vidyut Jamwal, Freddy Daruwala had to fit in his shoes. Freddy did a good job, initially was not sure of him, but later in the movie he did good. He may not be Vidyut but he made his own mark.
Govinda was seen for a short period, his character as Pratap was shorter than the original version. Was hoping to see him shake his leg on screen, but unfortunately that song was totally cut from the script. But it was good to see him back.
Holiday’s music was average nothing great, expected more from Pritam, as Thuppaki’s BGM was pulsating. That portion was not concentrated. Cinematography by Natarajan Subramaniam was splendid and racy which was well supported by Amitabh Shukla’s sharp editing.
A special mention is required for the action sequences in the movie, directed by Anl Arasu. The action scenes are elaborate in this version, the first chase scene, then the rescue from kidnappers and the spectacular climax. These three sequences were well choreographed and were a treat to watch.
Murugadoss has done it again and have given a good remake of his original,delivers a strong message on the relationship between the Army and the civilians. It has revived Akshay’s action hero image.
Holiday is a racy action thriller with tight screenplay and engaging action sequences, which will keep the audience coming this summer making this one a hit. If Illayathalapathy’s Thuppaki was “Mass” then Akshay’s Holiday is Jhakaas!!!
+’s – Good direction and improved action sequences.
-‘s – Music was average.