Movie Review: De Dana Dan (2009)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★☆☆☆
Box Office: Average

De Dana DaanPriyadarshan can barely spell flicks patently based on couple of things – either a raw offbeat drama or silliest comedies. Exactly, the auteur goes shilly-shallied over ‘De Dana Dan’ and there’s nothing special you can look out for.Indeed, it’s really appalling to witness the biggies – Akki, Sunil, Katrina, Paresh delineated with flimsy roles. Being candid to oneself is all about avoiding this film and opt for something else.

It’s all about money, honey! Nitin (Akshay Kumar) wants money to free himself from the clutches of his authoritarian maalkin (Archana Puran Singh) and marry his rich GF Anjali (Katrina Kaif). Ram (Sunil Shetty), a courier delivery boy, too wants money to marry Manpreet (Sameera Reddy), daughter of an industrialist. And Harbans Chadda (Paresh Rawal), a serial conman posing as a millionaire, wants to marry his good-for-nothing son (Chunkey Pandey) to any rich girl whose father is willing to open up coffers for dowry.

After their respective lives hit the rock bottom, Nitin and Ram decide to kidnap someone important (not telling who?) to make some easy millions as ransom. But the kidnapping goes wrong as the duo check into a hotel where preparations are underway for Manpreet’s wedding.

Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “delivers laughter in abundance. Leave your brains behind to enjoy this madcap entertainer!”


3.0 “strives hard to deliver a rib-tickling comedy”
Zee News
3.0 “Priyadarshan manages to deliver one of the funniest films this season”

Buzz 18

3.0 “a laughter riot. The film will not disappoint anyone and the audience will surely enjoy it”
Bollywood Mantra
Average Reviews
2.5 “If you’re in the mood for a ton of laughs, this slapstick riot is for you. That is, of course, you can keep up”
2.5 “a quickie flick which is hastily written, rapidly filmed, has swift storytelling and speeding characters giving you no time to breathe, gasp, feel, absorb react or relate”
2.5 “delivers in bits and pieces alone. The humour is mostly slapstick and the plot wafer thin”
Times Of India
2.5 “a senseless, mad-cap, over-the-top, cacophonic comedy”
Star Box Office
2.5 “is no Hera Pheri but has its howlarious moments”
Real Bollywood
2.5 “Don’t ask for any logic or reasoning. The situations are purely coincidental guaranteed to give you a laugh”
2.5 “Watch De Dana Dan if you’re missing the Hera Pheri crew”
2.5 “as mindless as it gets nowadays, but has its moments. A pity it had to fall easy prey to the empty-vessels-noise adage”
Full Hyderabad
Negative Reviews
2.0 “A little less confusion or maybe a fewer twists may have made it a tad more enjoyable”
Movie Talkies
2.0 “below average slapstick show that has nothing substantial over script, screenplay or dialogues”
2.0 “175 minutes of sheer madness with extended special appearances by Akshay and Katrina. One of Priyadarshan’s weakest film in recent memory”
Now Running
1.5 “will almost certainly end up giving you a headache”
DNA India
1.5 “Loud and overdone”
Mumbai Mirror
1.5 “carry ear plugs with you, or a Saridon. Or both. A migraine is guaranteed”
IBN Live
1.5 “has been a damp squib right from the get go”
1.5 “isn’t close to being as good as Priyadarshan’s ‘H Series’ (read Hera Pheri, Hungama, Hulchul) of classics”
1.0 “spectacularly unfunny movie”
1.0 “touches a new low”
1.0 “is not a film. It’s a series of skits strung together to convey a sense of baggy fun and frivolous entertainment”

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