Holiday is the remake of Tamil film Thuppakki.
By Tathagata Mitra
BANGALORE: Directed by A R Murugadoss, and starring Akshay Kumar as an army man, upcoming film Holiday is the story of an agent of DIA (Defence Intelligence Agency) whose mission is to fight the enemies that are hidden, and cannot always be seen out in the open. The movie is produce by Vipul Shah, a longtime collaborator with Kumar. The film also stars Sonakshi Sinha as the female lead and Govinda in a supporting role.
With Holiday, Bollywood takes yet another take on the intelligence agencies of the defense system of the nation. The first name that comes to mind while thinking of this genre is of course Kahani (2012), which is the most critically acclaimed film in this category. Kabir Khan-directed Ek Tha Tiger (2012) is also a massive hit of this category. Ek Tha Tiger is a love story that takes place when two secret agents of enemy states are pitted against one another under unusual circumstances.
Agent Vinod, also released in 2012 is a name that comes to mind when one thinks about secret agents and Bollywood. Although neither a hit critically nor commercially, Agent Vinod attracted a lot of attention because of its leading pair being played by a real life couple (Saifeena).
D-Day, released last year is a story about five RAW agents, some of them assassins, other informers or sleeper cells, whose job becomes capturing Daud Ibrahim (though the real name is not used) and bringing him back to India. The movie starred Irrfan Khan, Arjun Rampal and Huma Qureshi among others who played RAW agents and there was Rishi Kapoor who gave an enigmatic performance as the villain in the story.
Holiday’s full title is Holiday: A Soldier is Never off Duty. If one goes by the title and the trailer, the film is about soldiers and their heroism and sacrifice in the line of duty. Akshay will have to use brains as much as brawn in this story, for he will be an undercover army man on his holiday who is secretly battling sleeper cells and terrorist organizations.
The film is a remake of Tamil film Thuppakki (2009), also directed by A R Murugadoss and starring Vijay and Kajal Aggarwal. Vijay is supposedly having a special appearance in Holiday, thus appearing in the remake of his own film.
The music for Holiday is being composed by Pritam and the action is being coordinated by Greg Powell who did the stunt coordination for Skyfall, the Academic Award winning James Bond film, the first name that comes to mind when one thinks of secret agents. Holiday is opening in the theatres on June 6.