‘De Dana Dan‘ movie is a typical Priyadarshan movie which has a lot of funny moments and of course chase sequences. The trio Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal bring in fresh hilarious moments unlike “Hera Pheri“. However, De Dana Dan is less Hera Pheri and more Hungama.
De Dana Dan follows the 3Cs of a Priyadarshan comedy – cash, confusion and lots of chases. Faithfully obeying his own template, the director could might as well have made this film in his sleep. Packing in almost two dozen characters in a hotel, De Dana Dan is one long comic ride. The basic premise involves a bunch of greedy conmen caught in a web of lies. Thankfully, it is actually funny in most parts.
Johnny Lever, Manoj Joshi, Paresh Rawal, Rajpal Yadav, Asrani, Vikram Gokhale, Shakti Kapoor, Aditi Gowatriker and Neha Dhupia deliver a hilarious act. Of the lot, Archana Puran Singh‘s track is a little longer than desired. It’s a film targeted at a mass audience looking for a light hearted joy ride at the theater. While one might accuse Priyadarshan of silliness and moments of low brow humour, he deserves full credit for managing such a huge cast. Not once does the confusion go out of hand as the director is in full control of the proceedings. Each actor delivers an energetic performance doing full justice to the loud, over the top tone of the film.
The songs are mere speed breakers, giving the viewer to catch up on any missing link by checking with fellow audiences. However one can’t forgive Priyadarshan for mercilessly editing out the much hyped Akshay-Katrina rain sequence. Not fair!
Conclusion: If you are looking out for some three hours of fun ride then De Dana Dan has tremendous entertainment value. Given the style of most Bollywood comedies – De Dana Dan is the funniest film of the season.