‘Holiday’ not really a remake, says Akshay Kumar

Mumbai, May 29: Akshay Kumar cringes at the very mention of the term “remake” in the context of his forthcoming actioner “Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty”. And he has his reasons.

When IANS was about to ask him about “Holiday” being a remake of a Tamil film, he promptly interrupted and said: “Actually, I won’t call it a remake.”

He added: “It was a fresh script and we were going to make it first in Hindi, but A.R. Murugadoss (the director) had a condition that he first wanted to make the film in Tamil. The Tamil version called ‘Thuppakki’ released in 2012. So the film is not a remake for me.

“It is a script and subject that I had selected earlier. Vipul Shah (the film’s producer) and I had gone for a narration. We sat with Murugadoss and after listening to the first half, I agreed to do the film. The first half was mind blowing. I really enjoyed doing it,” said the actor, who features as an army officer in the film.

The movie, which focuses on terrorism and sleeper cells, also features Sonakshi Sinha. Presented by Reliance Entertainment, the movie releases June 6.