De Dana Dan (2009)

Infused with wickedly funny dialogues, naughty one liners and hilarious situations, director Priyadarshan’s De Dana Dan is a rip-roaring comedy which requires one to put aside his/her sense of logic to let the laughter sink in for the next three hours.

Shot entirely in Singapore, the film starts slow but soon the real fun begins as the characters unfold and situations gets wacky.

Buddies Kasha Kumar and Sunil Shetty are living off their girlfriends Katrina Kaif and Sameera Reddy, respectively. Akshay (Nitin Bankar) plays an arduous driver-cum-housekeeper who is treated like a dog by his strident lady boss Archana Puran Singh. Sunil (Ram Mishra) is a courier boy, and in order to repay the loan that Nitin’s late father once took, he accepted the odd job where even the pet pooch of the lady boss enjoys a better status and the indiscrimination ultimately leads to jealously against the poor canine.

Enters conman and money broker Paresh Rawal who is being chased by a cop close to retirement from service. Paresh is guilty of issuing fake cheques. Akshay and Sunil plan a shortcut to quick money and kidnap the dog for ransom. But the dog escapes and returns home safely. However upon discovering Akshay missing from home, the lady boss and police think it is Akshay who has been kidnapped.

The rest of the story is based on funny incidents, mistaken identities and finally discovering who is who. Handling so many situations with so many characters seemed like a tough job but the director didn’t lose his grip on the subject. The roles of Shakti Kapoor and Neha Dhupia along with those of Rajpal Yadav, Johnny Lever and Asrani flare up the comedy index and make the scenes more exhilarating.

Akshay’s comedic talents are quite subdued in the film yet quite effective at eliciting humour. Sunil Shetty also seems to be working hard on his comedic drive these days. Katrina couldn’t offer much as her role felt like it was chopped off during editing. Besides, her voice has been dubbed in the film.

The dialogue is the highlight of the movie. The music courtesy Pritam is average, however cinematography is competent. The film’s major pluses include slick characterization, intelligent execution and awesome performances. The care put into direction is equally praiseworthy. The only minus in the film were the post-hotel scenes where the director stretches the comedy scene too long and too thin.

De Dana Dan appears to have a massive budget, boasts of a stellar cast and contains good special effects – Asif Khan

Cast and Production Credits

Year – 2009, Genre – Comedy, Country – India, Language – Hindi, Producer – Ganesh Jain, Girish Jain, Ratan Jain, Director – Priyadarshan, Music Director – Pritam, Rdb, Ad Boyz, Cast – Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Suniel Shetty, Paresh Rawal, Neha Dhupia, Sameera Reddy, Johny Lever, Archana Puran Singh, Manoj Joshi, Tinu Anand, Chunkey Pandey, Asrani, Vikram Gokhale, Rajpal Yadav, Aditi Govitrikar, Supriya Karnik

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