Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty is a 2014 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film written and directed by A. R. Murugadoss, starring Akshay Kumar, Freddy Daruwala, Sumeet Raghavan and Sonakshi Sinha. It is an official remake of Murugadoss’ own 2012 Tamil film Thuppakki and follows an Indian Army officer who arrives in Mumbai on vacation and sets out to hunt down a terrorist and deactivate the sleeper cells under his command.
The film was released worldwide on 6 June 2014. Made on a budget of ₹500 million, the film became a commercial success at the box office. With worldwide earnings of over ₹1.78 billion, Holiday proved to be one of the highest-grossing Indian films of 2014. Kumar’s acting was appreciated, earning him a Filmfare Award nomination for Best Actor.
Virat Bakshi (Akshay Kumar), Captain in DIA, a secret wing of Indian Army, returns to his home in Mumbai on a holiday. On his arrival, his parents rush him to see Saiba Thapar (Sonakshi Sinha), who they wanted him to marry. But Virat rejects her with an excuse that she is old fashioned and not his type. On the contrary, Saiba is a professional boxer, and is completely modern in her outlook. Virat notices her in a boxing match and falls in love with her instantly.
One day, while travelling in a bus with his friend sub-inspector Mukund “Makhiya” Deshmukh (Sumeet Raghavan), Virat, while chasing a man who he regards with suspicion when he tries to flee the scene of a check going on after a passenger reports his wallet as stolen, witnesses a bomb explosion killing innocent people. Virat manages to capture the man, who he realizes is a terrorist and has planted the bomb, but he escapes from the hospital with the help of a police mole. Virat kidnaps the terrorist again, interrogates him to ascertain the name of the police mole and also forces the police mole, corrupt ACP Ashok Gaikwad (Gireesh Sahedev) to commit suicide. He later discovers while examining contents in the terrorist’s bag that a terrorist group has planned serial blasts in Mumbai to be executed in a couple of days with the help of 12 sleeper agents, including the captured terrorist. Virat remembers that on the day when the bombs are going to be planted, there is a wedding where his team member Joel (Randheer Rai) is tying the knot and all his Army officer friends are going to assemble. Along with his fellow Army officers and Mukund, Virat manages to track these bombers, the terrorist included, and kills them before they could trigger the bombs.
When the leader of these sleeper cells, Shadab Ali Farooqui (Freddy Daruwala) finds out about the team of officers involved in the failure of the terrorist attack, he goes to Joel’s house and kills his family and finds an album which has photos of team officers. He targets one officer’s female relative from each team and kidnaps them. When Virat realises the plan, he substitutes one of the girls to be kidnapped, with his younger sister Preeti (Cherry Mardia). Using his pet dog Rocky and his sister Pinky’s (Apoorva Arora) dupatta, he manages to reach the terrorist’s hideout. He eliminates all the terrorists and rescues all the victims including Preeti, who was about to be killed after Virat’s bluff was exposed. Virat also captures Asif Ali (Dipendra Sharma), who was the leader of the group but later kills him on realising that Asif is just the second-in-command of the sleeper cells.
When this attack fails, Shadab decides to target Virat himself. He kills Kapil and his family, he being one of the army officers, through a blast, and forces Virat to surrender. Virat decides to sacrifice his life and plans a suicide attack by instructing Mukund and his fellow officer Joel to follow him via a tracking chip inserted in his arm and plant a bomb at the terrorists’ hideout. Virat then drives to a port in various cars, as instructed by Shadab and ends up on a ship full of terrorists. To his shock, Virat finds out that the cars he was asked to drive had bombs in them, which will frame him and his team as terrorists and also boost their plans to recruit sleeper cells in Indian Army with the help of Joint Defense Secretary of India Mr. Alvin D’Souza (Zakir Hussain), who is also a member of this terrorist group. Meanwhile, Joel, who was in touch with Mukund as instructed by Virat, plants a bomb at the base of the ship. By this time Virat realises he must get out alive but during the one-on-one fight with Shadab his shoulder is dislocated. However, he is able to pop it back into place and escapes with Shadab on a boat before the ship explodes, also later killing Shadab. The film ends with Virat forcing Alvin D’Souza to commit suicide and later returning to guard the border along with his team.
Akshay Kumar as Virat Bakshi, Captain in DIA, a wing of Indian Army, and a soldier.
Sonakshi Sinha as Saiba Thapar, a boxer.
Freddy Daruwala as Shadab Ali Farooqui, leader of the sleeper cells.
Govinda as Pratap, Virat Bakshi’s Senior Commanding Officer. (Cameo appearance)
Sumeet Raghavan as Mukund ‘Makhiya’ Deshmukh, Virat’s friend, also a Sub Inspector, Mumbai Police.
Zakir Hussain as Alvin D’Souza, Joint Secretary of Defense.
Randheer Rai as Joel, A groom and a soldier.
Gireesh Sahdev in a cameo appearance as ACP Ashok Gaikwad.
Dipendra Sharma in a cameo appearance as Asif Ali, the second-in-command of the sleeper cells.
Maroof Raza in a special appearance.
Cherry Mardia as Preeti Bakshi, Virat Bakshi’s younger sister.
Apoorva Arora as Pinky, Virat Bakshi’s youngest sister.
Prayas Mann as Afsar Ali, Shadab’s brother.
Athar Siddiqui as Army Officer