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‘Holiday’ has a successful opening weekend

Reliance Entertainment’s Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty Set For Success After Promising Opening Weekend At Global Box Office

Akshay Kumar & Sonakshi Sinha - HolidayBollywood icon Akshay Kumar’s latest film release Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, which has set a precedent by being released in several new territories for the first time, is set to soar high at global box offices after accumulating very promising opening weekend collections, and garnering a host of positive reviews. The film has already entered the ‘Highest Grossers of 2014’ list and performed well in territories including the UK, USA, Canada, the Middle East, The Far East and Australia. In the South of India too, the film has performed very well, hailing a feather in the cap for its Tamil director A.R. Murugadoss.

Following its opening weekend, the film has amassed impressive Box Office takings of 41.32 Cr. in India alone, whilst in the UAE-GCC, the film got off to a superb start, taking 2.11 Cr. which is the highest ever single day gross for Akshay Kumar in this region. In the UK, the film is also performing very well, despite being 15 certificate release. Holiday also surpassed the overall collections of Amitabh Bachchan’s Bhoothnath Returns which stood at 37.50 crores and Yaariyaan which had a collection of 40 crores at the domestic box office.

Renowned film critic Taran Adarsh described Holiday as a ‘slick action-thriller that keeps you engrossed, enthralled and captivated all through, thanks to its fascinating premise and a watertight, razor-sharp screenplay’, whilst Times of India proclaimed the ‘Core plot to be compelling and finely directed, describing Akshay’s stunts as ‘jaw-dropping’.

Other positive reviews saw Holiday being praised as a thought-provoking, incisive and different type of action thriller film. Subhash K Jha from IANS gave the film 5 stars out of 5 and said: ‘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.’ He added: ‘the last farewell song, an ode to the dedication and sacrifices of Indian soldiers, will leave you moist eyed. This is Akshay’s most engaging entertainer in recent times.’

Mohar Basu from Koimoi said: ‘Don’t miss Holiday for the sheer fun of watching a film that wins solely for its delicious brutish action.’ He added: ‘Don’t miss this one for the reckless headlong roller coaster ride it holds for you.
Holiday is mostly a delectable film, with Akshay’s superfluous action sequences beguiling you to watch the film.’

Holiday 2The plot of this gripping film is quite unprecedented in Indian cinema and the reality and rawness of the script is evident from the start of the film. Akshay Kumar essays the role of Virat Bakshi, a military officer who is on holiday with his battalion in his bustling home city of Mumbai. However, unbeknown to his fellow officers, Virat is also an undercover Secret Defence Intelligence Agent, masterly skilled and trained in covert anti-terror intelligence operations. Whilst on a family visit to Mumbai, Virat is caught up in a gruesome terror attack.

The film truly captures the reality of the issues the world is currently facing today and has most certainly caught the attention of the India, where people have been hanging garlands on the film posters in honour of the Akshay Kumar’s engaging performance. The Bollywood icon has also spoken of how he fully submerged himself into this raw, gritty role from which he learned a huge amount around the notion of sleeper cells, the role they have played in terrorist attacks and the importance of cleaning them up to safeguard populations. Co-star Sonakshi Sinha, who plays love interest Nisha adds a glamourous female touch to the film and sets the screen alight with her feisty role as a boxer.

Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty is in cinemas nationwide. Released by Reliance Entertainment

Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha promote ‘Holiday’ on ‘Dance India Dance’

Akshay Kumar & Sonakshi Sinha - Dance India DanceThe audience at India’s premier dance competition ‘Dance India Dance’ (DID): Little Master Season 3 got an extra special surprise when Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar and screen siren Sonakshi Sinha made a special appearance on the show to promote their forthcoming film Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, which releases in UK cinemas on 6th June 2014 through Reliance Entertainment.

The star duo delighted the audience when they spoke candidly about their new gritty romantic-thriller film Holiday, in which they have starring roles. Akshay and Sonakshi also spoke about a song sequence they are currently filming for Holiday, which also features veteran actor Govinda and director A.R. Murugadoss.

Whilst on set at DID both Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha delighted the young participants by chatting with them, and also entertained audience members by asking questions, cracking jokes and even demonstrating some stylish dance moves!

Produced by Akshay Kumar’s production company Hari Om Entertainment and Vipul A Shah’s Sunshine Pictures, Holiday is an intelligent, high-octane, edge-of-your-seat romantic thriller, which delves into the dark labyrinth of terror cells, bomb plots and international espionage.

Directed by renowned filmmaker A. R. Murugadoss, who made the worldwide blockbuster Ghajini, Holiday sees the talented and versatile actor-turned-producer Akshay Kumar joined by a stellar cast comprising Bollywood siren Sonakshi Sinha (Dabangg, Rowdy Rathore), who plays love interest Nisha, and veteran actor Govinda (Raavan, Partner), who ably performs the role of Akshay’s senior commanding officer. Newcomer to the Bollywood arena Freddie Daruwala shines as the ruthless and brutal leader of the terror cell. The music for the film has been penned by maestro Pritam Chakraborty.

Fans will be able to catch the special episode on Zee TV this Saturday 26th April 2014 at 7.30pm.

Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty is released through Reliance Entertainment in UK cinemas on 6th June 2014.

Akshay Kumar - Dance India Dance

Akshay Kumar & Sonakshi - Dance India Dance

 

Akshay Kumar turns Army intel officer in ‘Holiday’

Akshay Kumar & Sonakshi Sinha - HolidayOne of India’s most celebrated superstars and talented actors, Akshay Kumar, is set to take on his most iconic role to date in his new film: Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, releasing in UK cinemas on 6th June 2014 through Reliance Entertainment.

Produced by Akshay Kumar’s eminent production company Hari Om Entertainment and Vipul A Shah’s Sunshine Pictures, Holiday is an intelligent, high-octane, edge-of-your-seat romantic thriller, which delves into the dark labyrinth of terror cells, bomb plots and international espionage.

Directed by renowned filmmaker A. R. Murugadoss, who made the worldwide blockbuster Ghajini, Holiday sees the talented and versatile actor-turned producer Akshay Kumar joined by a stellar cast comprising Bollywood siren Sonakshi Sinha (Dabangg, Rowdy Rathore), who plays love interest Nisha, and veteran actor Govinda (Raavan, Partner), who ably performs the role of Akshay’s senior commanding officer. Newcomer to the Bollywood arena Freddie Daruwala shines as the ruthless and brutal leader of the terror cell. The music for the film has been penned maestro Pritam Chakraborty.

Holiday 2Akshay Kumar essays the role of Virat Bakshi, a military officer who is on holiday with his battalion in his bustling home city of Mumbai. However, unbeknown to his fellow officers, Virat is also an undercover Secret Defence Intelligence Agent, masterly skilled and trained in covert anti-terror intelligence operations. Whilst on a family visit to Mumbai, Virat is caught up in a gruesome terror attack that sees a crowded bus blown to pieces.

But this is just the beginning of the story for Virat, as he gets drawn into a sinister web of lies and deceit in his quest to bring the very top echelons of the terror mafia to justice before they strike again in the heart of Mumbai – the city that Virat holds closest to his heart.

This Summer audiences will be gripped with intrigue, action and thought-provoking drama interspersed with romantic elements, as Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty gets set to infiltrate peoples’ hearts and minds.

Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty is released through Reliance Entertainment worldwide on 6th June 2014.

Akshay Kumar’s Action in ‘Holiday’

Akshay Kumar is known for his action scenes, which is why the superstar is also called Khiladi Kumar.

The 46-year-old actor will be seen next in Holiday: A Soldier is never off duty. The film, directed by Vipul Shah, features quite a lot of action scenes and we heard that Akshay was quite excited about them.

A source informed us that Akshay and Vipul got in touch with Mark Graziano and Kristen Egan from Steven Spielberg’s office for stunt directors. They reportedly recommended a few stunt coordinators out of which Greg Powell was finalized. According to the brief sent over by Vipul and Akshay, he shot a rehearsal video with his team which was later sent to them.

Akshay and Vipul were reportedly quite impressed with his stunt ideas.

Once Greg and his team came to India, they rehearsed the action scenes with Akshay Kumar for almost a month. Greg along with his team even supervised the equipment and cables to ensure maximum safety for Akshay Kumar.

We definitely can’t wait to see the action in the film after this piece of news.

Holiday releases in UK cinemas on 6th June.

Sonakshi Sinha’s look inspired by Laila Ali

Sonakshi Sinha will be seen in UK cinemas again this year in the much-awaited Vipul Shah directorial Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty.

The Rowdy Rathore actress is once again paired opposite Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar in this action filled rom-com.

We heard that Sonakshi Sinha was undertaking boxing lessons for the film and has apparently inspired her look in the film from Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila Ali, who is a world renowned boxer.

Sonakshi Sinha in Holiday - UK

The braids and leather gloves that she has chosen for her boxing scenes have been “inspired” by that of Laila’s.

Holiday releases in UK cinemas on 6th June 2014.