Bollywood’s affair with mindless movies continues with Priyadarshan’s De Dana Dan, a movie so mindless it is actually funny. And judging by the hooting and whistling in the theatre, it looks like the movie is going to be around- not for the story but simply because there’s an audience for these sort of things.
Akshay and Suneil play losers who find each other co-incidentally on the busy streets of Singapore and bond instantly. Hardpressed for money, they desperately want to get rich so that they can marry their rather high-maintenance girlfriends. But their efforts amount to nothing until one of them decides to abduct his employer’s poodle for some quick and easy cash. But the kidnapping is botched and the losers are stuck at the Pan Pacific Hotel, where much of the story unfolds.
Meanwhile a scamster of a businessman (Rawal) is trying to get out of his schemes by conning more people to pay off his debts. When an opportunity to marry off his son to a tycoon’s daughter comes up, he sees gold all the way. The marriage is arranged and more people are introduced into the plot including a paramour, a hitman, local mafia, an Indian ambassador and a lech.
Despite the fact that Akshay, Suneil and Paresh are together after 2 successful comedies, De Dana Dan hardly reflects any of that. Johnny Lever and Rajpal Yadav do their funnies, Neha Dhupia her soft porn number, Shakti Kapoor leers at all the ladies, and before you now it you’re stuck in a rut of goofy, slapstick and sometimes sexist humor that simply doesn’t seem to end.
If it’s any respite, Paresh Rawal is the only one who makes the nonsense watchable. His gaffs and comic timing get better irrespective of the movie.