De Dana Dan: A Hilarious Comedy Film in Hindi and English
De Dana Dan is a 2009 Indian Hindi-language comedy film directed by Priyadarshan. The story is a partial adaptation of Hollywood film Screwed and some scenes from Priyadarshanâs own Malayalam film Vettam. It stars Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Katrina Kaif and Sameera Reddy[^2^].
The film revolves around two broke friends, Nitin and Ram, who work as a maid-chauffeur and a courier deliveryman respectively. They are in love with Anjali and Manpreet, but their fathers are against their relationships. In order to get money and marry their girlfriends, they hatch a plan to kidnap their boss's dog and demand a ransom. However, things go wrong when they encounter a series of mishaps and misunderstandings at a hotel where they book a room. The film is full of hilarious situations, slapstick humor and comic characters[^1^].
De Dana Dan was released on 27 November 2009 and received mixed reviews from critics. However, it was a commercial success at the box office, grossing over â80 crore worldwide. The film was also dubbed in English and released in some international markets. The film is available to watch online on JioCinema[^1^] and OlaMovies[^2^] in 1080p and 2160p 4k BluRay quality with dual audio (Hindi and English) and subtitles.
The film has a huge ensemble cast of talented actors who play various roles in the chaotic comedy. Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty play the lead roles of Nitin and Ram, the two hapless friends who get into trouble with their kidnapping plan. Katrina Kaif and Sameera Reddy play their love interests, Anjali and Manpreet, who are also pursued by other suitors. Paresh Rawal plays Harbans Chadda, a greedy businessman who wants to marry off his son to rich girls. Johnny Lever plays Kaala Krishna Murari, a bumbling assassin who is hired to kill Moosa. Other actors include Manoj Joshi, Rajpal Yadav, Tinnu Anand, Aditi Govitrikar, Chunky Pandey, Archana Puran Singh, Asrani, Neha Dhupia, Shakti Kapoor, Vikram Gokhale, Sharat Saxena and Shreyas Talpade[^3^] [^2^].
The film was shot extensively in Singapore, with some scenes filmed in Mumbai. The film features several songs composed by Pritam, RDB and AD Boyz, with lyrics by Ashish Pandit, Sayeed Quadri and Neeraj Shridhar. The songs are sung by popular singers like Mika Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, RDB and AD Boyz. The film also has a cameo appearance by singer Usha Uthup[^4^].
The film received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the performances of the actors but criticised the plot and direction. Some critics also compared the film unfavorably to Priyadarshan's previous comedies like Hera Pheri and Hungama. The film was also criticised for its excessive length and loudness[^5^]. However, the film was appreciated by the audience for its entertainment value and comic timing. The film was a moderate success at the box office, earning over â80 crore worldwide. The film was also nominated for several awards, including Best Actor in a Comic Role for Akshay Kumar at the IIFA Awards. aa16f39245