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Holidays  (2010)  (Malayalam)
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Holidays is a film that seriously lacks a few things, the most prominent among which would be a script that is worthy of being made into a film and more importantly some sensible direction.
0.5 out of 5 (Poor) Holidays NOWRUNNING REVIEW | Veeyen
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Holidays is a film that seriously lacks a few things, the most prominent among which would be a script that is worthy of being made into a film and more importantly some sensible direction.

The story involves a bunch of youngsters Alby (Vinu Mohan), Janet (Muktha), Soumitran (Renjith), Sudhi (Sudheesh) and a few others who climb aboard a bus to God-knows-where. What we do know is that an Operation Elopement is being planned at their destination, since Sudhi's lover is about to get engaged to Vinod (Kalabhavan Mani) who is also a toughie cop.

On the way they rescue a pretty young girl by the name of Lekha (Sruthilekshmi) from the hands of a few ruffians, but later find the girl murdered. Off they flee to some tea estate at Munnar, but the murderer is close at hand.

If you found the story scary, you need to see the film as well. It's much scarier than it sounds. The running-scared bits are shot in Kerala, but since this is a very young and vibrant group of people that we are dealing with, they often fly to Malaysia for the song sequences. We need to remain on the guard all the time, since anybody could break into a song at any given moment, irrespective of whatever situation they are in.

There is this one character in the film who pays a visit to a massage center, and when the masseuse comes along, cannot help dreaming as to how it would have been if his friends were with him. Down drops a bombshell from heaven, and I do not mean the explosive kind, - scantily clad and with a few even lesser scandily clad friends in tow - for a sensational number that goes on for the next five minutes.

We see Janet helping someone choose a wedding card, and before we know it, she is in Malaysia with Alby beneath the Twin Towers. It should be remembered that Lekha has nothing to do with this group except a chance encounter with them in the bus. And what do you expect when you see even her dancing along with the rest of them in Malaysia?

The conditions are pretty dismal around here. Like for instance, in one scene, we get to see the four men being chased around by a few thugs and they run along a road for their dear lives, in broad daylight. They jump over a wall, and presto, the scene turns into night. We would never understand what it was on that wall that brought about the miraculous change!

Vinu Mohan sports an atrocious hairdo throughout the film, and this is the first time he gets to play a real action hero. When he stamps on the ground, the earth shakes and the dry leaves are blown away, as if in a hurricane. And towards the climax, he gets to do what every hero would dream to do some day. Fly around in the air, with even the knees folded and landing straight on the villain's chest. Some real hardcore action there that would have you hurrying back home. There are a host of other actors too contributing their bits to this already very messy state of affairs. There is nothing much to perform for any of them, and all they get to do is shake a leg in the several songs that arrive one after the other.

Alex Paul's music is the only fair thing in this film. But this isn't a film where you would pay attention to the music. You would instead be relentlessly wondering as to when these holidays that have gone all wrong would finally draw to a close.
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