In 2002, when Vipul A Shah turned director with Aankhen, he worked with Akshay Kumar for the first time. Ever since, the two have developed a special equation, collaborating on hits like Waqt: The Race Against Time (2005), Namastey London (2007) and Singh Is Kinng (2008), among others. Their latest project is Shah’s production, Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, directed by AR Murugadoss.
“Even before he made it in Tamil, titled Thuppaki, Murugadoss narrated the script to me in 2010. I immediately thought that this film will take my association with Akshay further. Luckily, when we narrated the story to him, he loved it too,” says Shah.
The film also brings Akshay back with Sonakshi Sinha, with whom he has hits like Rowdy Rathore (2012). Shah says, “Their pairing is a great success. People love to watch them together. So it’s going to be a big plus point for the film.”
Holiday is Murugadoss’s second Hindi film after Ghajini (2008), which was Bollywood’s first Rs. 100-crore earner. Shah says that the Hindi version was to be made before Thuppaki. “Holiday was supposed to be made in Hindi first, but due to some time constraints, that didn’t happen. Our shooting had even begun before the release of Thuppaki,” he adds.
The makers are also confident of cashing in on the prevalent patriotic mood in the country, wherein the mass sentiment is to put India first. The film’s tagline reads, ‘A soldier is never off duty’. “Even if he has gone on a vacation, he will never back off from being available for his country if there’s an issue,” explains Shah.
Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in a still from Holiday.