I actually don't have much to say about De Dana Dan. Directed by Priyadarshan and reuniting the comedic actors behind Hera Pheri - Paresh Rawal, Suniel Shetty, and Akshay Kumar, De Dana Dan is a fun time-pass film.
Akshay and Suniel play two men, trapped into wage slavery by debts incurred by their respective families. (And, as an aside, there is no "27 years old" nonsense. Akshay's character is paying back loans taken for his college 20 years ago. Praise the lord!) Akshay works as a jack of all trades for a hilariously awful boss - played by Archana Puran Singh - and her dog, whom he must call "Moolchand-ji." The two are dating two rich girls, who love them but require them to be financially stable before marriage.
The film revolves around a wacky scheme that Akshay and Suniel concoct to become rich.
If that doesn't sound funny, then you will not enjoy this film. If it DOES sound like your cup of chai, then strap in and enjoy the ride!
De Dana Dan is divided into three sections, more or less - the opening third of the film follows Akshay and Suniel almost exclusively. We are introduced to side characters here and there, who will become more important later. The second third of the film belongs to Paresh Rawal and a whole host of comic actors from Rajpal Yadav (who got the biggest laughs from the audience I saw the film with) to Johnny Lever to Shakti Kapoor. The action takes place at a hotel and there is almost a French farce aspect to it, as cases of mistaken identity build up and doors slam open and shut. The last third brings everything together and builds up the pace to a ridiculously high level.
The performances - including lovely Neha Dhupia as a tough talking item girl - were excellent across the board. Akshay Kumar was looking FIT! And the v-neck shirts were much approved in my section of the crowd. Katrina was gorgeous, and even got to do a little physical comedy. The assorted comedians were all at the top of their games. I was laughing WITH Johnny Lever instead of being annoyed at him and - in the biggest surprise of all - Chunky Pandey was really funny as Paresh Rawal's sheepish son Nonny.
There are a couple of other things about De Dana Dan worth mentioning, from an over-analytical point of view. First of all: hello, ladies! Yes. De Dana Dan featured more female comedians than I have seen in a Bollywood film, ever. Those of you who shy away from the masculine dominated comedy genre, should check this out. There is Akshay's awful boss Archana, who gets lots of good laugh lines, and Paresh Rawal's youngish wife played by Aditi Govitrikar and the aforementioned Neha Dhupia. Plus a couple more aunties!
Not only are there ladies but the film takes place in Singapore and - there are actual people from Singapore in the film! There are plenty of East Asian faces, including a house band that gets to sing with Akshay and Kat!
Overall, De Dana Dan is probably the funniest film I've seen this year - and the humor is mostly clean. The songs are good and I might even be tempted into going again if Priyan-ji puts in the rain song for later screenings.