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Upperstall Review


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De Dana Dan


Hindi, Comedy, 2009, Color

Nitin Bankar (Akshay Kumar) is a personal butler, cook, driver, watchman, gardener to a wealthy female industrialist (Archana Puran Singh) in Singapore. He desperately wants to become rich and marry the love of his life, Anjali Kakkad (Katrina Kaif), who supports him financially. Ram Mishra (Suneil Shetty), Nitin's best friend also came to Singapore with the dream of striking it rich, but ended up a courier delivery man. He falls for Manpreet Oberoi (Sameera Reddy), but her high society parents will never approve of their marriage, not unless Ram has lots and lots of money. In the midst of all this, is Harbans Chadda (Paresh Rawal), a shrewd businessman, is looking for ways to multiply his income and avoid his debtors. He decides the best way would be to marry his son off to a girl whose parents can give him a large dowry. He is introduced to Manpreet's parents at a Diwali function and is impressed by their social status. He introduces himself as a well-established businessman, impresses them and they decide to get Manpreet and Harbans' son (Chunky Pandey) married. When both Nitin and Ram receive ultimatums from their girlfriends, they come up with an audacious plan to kidnap someone important and demand a ransom. The kidnapping goes well, and both hide out at a local hotel while waiting for the ransom money. Meanwhile, Manpreet's wedding reception is being held at the same hotel that Nitin and Ram are hiding in. Soon, they are joined by a motley set of characters including a Chinese Don, a hired assassin, a ACB police inspector, a club dancer, an ambassador, a young frustrated double crossing wife, a letch, a drunken waiter, and a dead body nobody wants check into the hotel....

De Dana Dan (DDD) is a film in hyper mode Ė idiotic, juvenile, senseless, corny, bizarre, illogical, inconsistent, outrageous but admittedly energetic and yes, even funny at places in its own silly way.

The film, aiming to be a no-brainer entertainer and little else, depends on one situation after another concerning mistaken identities and in that sense it does manages to interconnect the innumerable characters and situations reasonably well. But if youíre looking for a high class laugh riot in the league of a Hera Peri (2000), DDD is not it. Not by a mile and for all the breathlessness and running about by the huge ensemble cast, all it offers is a few genuine comic moments and sporadic witty dialogue. In fact, it is easily the weakest Akshay Kumar - Paresh Rawal - Priyadarshan collaboration till date.

The film, a series of gags, is loud and slapstick and the effort to be funny shows rather than play out naturally. This sometimes kills some genuinely funny situations as the actors run about and contort their faces and bodies in the name of comic acting. Akshay Kumar overplays desperately and while Suneil Shetty is flat, it is Paresh Rawal, Johnny Lever and Rajpal Yadav (after a looong time) who manage to give the film some of its funny moments. The girls have precious little to do except supply the eye candy. In fact, Sameera Reddy has no worthwhile role to speak of while gasp, Katrina Kaif is not even photographed or styled well though it has to be said she continues to smile ever so sweetly in film after film so well! Aditi Goviritkar is embarrassing while Archan Puran Singh is plain irritating. The dog does show remarkable comic timing that at times beats out the human actors. Still, the film has its moments like Rajpal Yadav doing his best to avoid the champagne glasses from breaking as the whole ensemble cast runs past him in the hotel corridor or his exchange with Akshay when he sees the latter hiding under Aditi Goviritkarís bed.

Technicalities in a film of this sort - be it the camerawork, music, editing or sound design, they are just functional and obvious and add little to the film where the frame is a stage for the actors to perform.

All in all, the film is just about reasonable time pass in its few good moments but thatís about it. Oh and did I mention the ridiculous water-filled climax???

Upperstall review by: Karan Bali aka TheThirdMan

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