Movie - De Dana Dan (Hindi)
Director - Priyadarshan
Producer - Ganesh Jain, Girish Jain, Ratan Jain
Cast - Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Paresh Rawal, Katrina Kaif, Sameera Reddy, Johnny Lever, Chunkey Pandey, Neha Dhupia, Archana Puran Singh, Rajpal Yadav
Music - Pritam, RDB, Ad Boys
Lyrics - Sayeed Quadri, RDB, Manak-E, Selina, Ashish Pandit, Irshaad Kamil, Neeraj Sridhar and Sameer
Cinematography - K Ahambaram
Art Direction - Sabu Cyril
Singers - Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Suzanne D'Mello, RDB, Manak-E, Selina, Javed Ali, Banjyotsna, Mika Singh, Dominique Cerejo, Style Bhai, Sunidhi Chauhan, Ad Boys, Kunal Ganjawala, Kalpana Patwari
Background Score - Salim/Sulaiman
Release Date - 27th November 2009
Pritam has been giving back to back superhits this year. I've done reviews of two of his hit albums within the last month itself. De Dana Dan is yet another album from Pritam where he teams up with hitmaker Priyadarshan. They have had a successful combination and have given hit soundtracks like Garam Masala, Bhagam Bhag and Billu before. The movie is sure to be an out and out comedy which would need some foot-tapping songs to go with the proceedings. Pritam is also joined by guest composers like RDB and Ad Boys in this soundtrack.
The first track is 'Rishte Naate' written by Sayeed Quadri and performed by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Suzanne D'Mello. We expect the album to open with a chartbuster fast number, but the first track is a nice romantic track in the amazing sufi voice of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. The song opens with random English lyrics by Suzanne D'Mello, something which has become a staple item on each and every romantic song these days. (Remember the English parts in Dont Say Alvida from MAMK?). From the time Rahat's voice comes in, the song becomes beautiful. You dont really mind the English lyrics after that, since you know that Rahat is singing the rest of the song. A melodious tune with some nice lines, sung well by Rahat, that is this song. The English lyrics come again towards the end of the song. If that wasnt there, this song would have been better. On the whole, its a very nice romantic song, pretty much like 'Tere Bin' in Bhagam Bhag, from the same team of Priyadarshan, Pritam and Akshay. (4/5)
'Paisa' begins with a new kind of voice going 'Kya baat hai, kya cheez hai paisa'. The song has music by RDB and is performed and written by Manak-E, Selina and RDB. The instrumental backing reminds you of Usher's 'Yeah!'. The high-pitched male vocals by Manak-E is pure Punjabi and has got that rustic feel, but it puts you off after a point. I didnt find this song appealing, though the video that is out on air now is generating a good buzz. I usually liked the combination of RDB and Akshay, whether it was 'Rafta Rafta' in Namastey London or the Snoop Dogg version of Singh Is Kinng, but this one let me down. And since I dont follow Punjabi very much, I couldnt understand the lyrics also properly. I seriously hope this song is there just as a promotional track for the movie. (1.5/5)
'Gale Lag Jaa' is a welcome relief after the high frequency vocals in 'Paisa'. It is written by Ashish Pandit and has vocals by Javed Ali and a new singer Banjyotsna. It is a typical Pritam composition of a slow romantic number. Pritam experiments with his guitar skills on this song too, right from the beginning of the song. Javed Ali's voice is soothing and Banjyotsna sounds a lot like Alisha Chinoi. The guitar interludes are the most impressive parts of this song. Priyadarshan is an Ustad at picturizing songs and I'm sure he'll do a great job with this one as well. On the whole, 'Gale Lag Jaa' is yet another good romantic number in the album. (3.5/5)
I dont know what is the meaning of the word, 'Baamulaiza', that too coming from a great writer like Irshaad Kamil, I found it weird. The song sounds like a party song by Vengaboys, but with vocals by Mika Singh. There is nothing worth remembering about the song and I'm quite sure that this song would easily be forgotten once the movie goes out of theatres. A very ordinary song in all respects. (2/5)
'Hotty Naughty' has lyrics by ace singer Neeraj Sridhar and vocals by Sunidhi Chauhan. You can guess that it is an item number by seeing the name of the track itself. And Surprise, Surprise!!, it IS an item number. It has all sorts of weird lyrics like 'You wanna feel me, touch me , hold me now. I'm hotty naughty babe in town'. You cant help but laugh at lyrics like this. Only a Salman Khan or a Govinda can make such lyrics sound cool in their songs. Sunidhi Chauhan is the obvious choice for item numbers and she does what she is supposed to do. A lot of random sounds come and go during the song. I guess the song features Neha Dhupia in the film, and the only thing appealing in this song is the expectation to see a hot Neha Dhupia on screen. It is surprising that Neeraj Sridhar has written a song for an album which doesnt even have a single song in his voice. (1.5/5)
There is a Version 2 of 'Gale Lag Jaa', with no major difference other than some extra beats.
The title track of the movie, 'De Dana Dan' is surprisingly not by Pritam. It is by a group that call themselves Ad Boys. They have done the music and vocals. It has lyrics by Bollywood's favorite masala lyricist Sameer. It is a fun track which captures the fun and troublesome feel of the movie. You can feel all the fun and frolic that the movie promises in this track itself. The chorus part which goes 'De Dana Dan' is surely going to be played repeatedly in the movie in comic situations. It already sound very good in the trailers that are out now. It is far better than the other theme track of the movie, 'Paisa'. I'm eager to know how this song is placed in the movie. (3/5)
There are the mandatory remix songs again, and I'm not wasting any time on them and I suggest you do the same too.
On the whole, De Dana Dan is a pretty ordinary fare with just 3 out of the 6 songs being good. The other 3 songs range from mediocre to bad. One expects some chartbusters from Pritam in such a film, but he has given only 2 good romantic songs which are worth listening to. The only good one out of the fast numbers, is done by guest composers Ad Boys. But since the film is going to be a non-stop comedy which moves at a rapid pace, the songs would just serve as speedbreakers. The movie brings back the superhit combination of Akshay, Suneil and Paresh and the superhit jodi of Akshay and Katrina. And since it is a Priyadarshan comedy, you can expect nothing less than loads of fun and laughter. If it had a better soundtrack, the impact would have been better though.
Rating - 2.8/5