Akshay Kumar was the action star. He is the action star and he will remain the action star. Fit as a fiddle, action titan Akshay Kumar has embarked on a new exciting journey with his forthcoming thriller Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, in which he will try AKIRU, a form of martial art.
"Action will be taken to a new level with 'Holiday', in which Akshay's physicality will be put on full display," said an insider.
To take viewers through the new thrilling ride with this new style of action, the makers roped in renowned British stuntman Greg Powell, known for his work in Hollywood's super hit franchises such as Harry Potter and James Bond, to ensure that the novelty of each stunt is executed with perfection.
In fact, the makers take pride in associating with Powell for his first Bollywood project.
Resting on Akshay's well-muscled shoulder, the film promises to be a refreshing break for the movie buffs, served in the recent past mostly with southern-styled stunts.
"The idea to introduce the new style was to break away from the regular action off lately seen in our films, especially the southern action being adopted in Hindi cinema. We wanted to take the scale of the action close to what we see in Hollywood and make the sequences look much more real," said the insider.
Powell also lauded Indian crew's professionalism. And why not?
Filmmaker Vipul Amrutlal Shah has a reputation for maintaining high production values and quality in his films. The coming together of Shah and Akshay, the team behind blockbusters like Waqt - Race Against Time, Singh is Kinng and Namastey London, is powerful enough to lure the audience to the theatre to watch how the action star pulls of the new martial arts in the film.
The best part about the fight scenes was that they were canned without any mishap.
"So far we had no incidents, no mishaps... no one had a broken nose or injured fingers. It all worked according to the plan, thank god," said Powell who had also worked on Skyfall (2012).
So this summer, audiences will be gripped with action and thought-provoking drama interspersed with romantic elements when Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty hits the screens.