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HolidayHoliday - Review
10th Feb 2006  22.30 IST
By Aparajita Ghosh  

Pooja Bhatt's second directorial attempt Holiday offers nothing more than time-pass entertainment.

Introducing newcomer Onjolee Nair opposite Dino Morea , 'Holiday' tells the story of a simple, low-on-confidence girl who finds her self-esteem and identity through dancing.

Other stars in the movie include Gulshan Grover , Nauheed Cyrusi and Kashmira Shah .

Dr. Daksh (Gulshan Grover) comes to Goa for holiday with his family consisting of wife (Anahita Uberoi) and two daughters - Muskaan (Onjolee) and Samara (Nauheed Cyrusi).

Muskaan has been an under-achiever in life. She has nondescript looks, introvert personality and a meek demeanor. On the other hand, her sister Samara is good-looking, extrovert, verbose and open-minded when it comes to falling into fast relationships.

Whiling away her time in Goa, Muskaan comes across a group of Salsa dancers led by Dino (Dino Morea), a dance instructor and performer.

A window of opportunity opens for Muskaan after Dino's dance partner Alyssa (Kashmira Shah) gets pregnant. The man who fathered the child has now dumped Alyssa and has moved on to the next girl, who happens to be none other than Samara.

Muskaan offers to help Alyssa by providing money for aborting the child. She also gets a chance to become Dino's dance companion. For a girl whose confidence is low and whose sense of self worth almost zilch, it is nothing short of a challenge to learn and perform Salsa onstage.

This is where Muskaan begins to find her identity and gradually discover one thing she can be extremely good at. And in the process she also discovers love.

Dino Morea shows better acting skills and throws in a few surprises with his agility on the dance floor.

Onjolee Nair doesn't have much of an acting talent, but she sure is nimble-footed. Her dance numbers Tu Hain Bhatakta Jugnu Koi and Aashiyaan, in the climax, are a delight to watch.

But the chemistry between Dino and Onjolee lacks the romantic spark.

Although Pooja Bhatt deserves credit for attempting to tell a different story, the film's central theme - the transformation of an under-achiever into a girl who learns to take on challenges - lacks the energy that was required to make the story click.

In a nutshell, 'Holiday' doesn't have the spirit that rivets you to the screen. The movie has a simplistic story and a predictable conclusion.

Onjolee Nair
Dino Morea
Gulshan Grover
Nauheed Cyrusi
Kashmira Shah

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