Movie critics in the U.S. and India have found Bollywood trash king Akshay Kumar’s new movie De Dana Dan a piece of trash.
Here’s what a sample of critics had to say on De Dana Dan:
At two hours and 40 minutes, it’s a laboriously long, patience-testing exercise in idiocy about some 20-odd characters stuck in a five-star hotel where mistaken identities and misunderstandings result in loud arguments, comic-book action and crude humor.
….carry ear plugs with you, or a Saridon. Or both. A migraine is guaranteed.
This is entertainment at its lowest level.
The film gets more tedious as the plot gets more convoluted and by the climax, in which everyone floats around as the hotel gets flooded, I could barely keep my eyes open.
The humour is so labored that I felt like someone was beating me to laugh.
And I finally understood why the credits in many Priyadarshan films say filmed by Priyadarshan instead of directed by Priyadarshan. Because there is little sense that someone is actually directing this circus.
[A] loud, overlong collection of slapstick subplots that would have nothing in common but for one man.
Priyadarshan, refusing as always to call himself a director — ‘filmed by,’ proclaim his credits — attempts to stitch together this ragtag quilt in his usual style, ending up with a stupidly elaborate monstrosity.
….the film has been a damp squib right from the get go. The flaccid first half never quite recovers….it’s too cruelly long to really help things.
* Times of India:
De Dana DanÂ almost marks a decade of the end of the sensitivity and sensibility of director Priyadarshan who switched on to commercially driven comedy capers post the success ofÂ Hera Pheri.
….What could have been the USP of the film, acts against it with the comic chemistry of Akshay-Paresh-Sunil clearly missing….Unfortunately for a comedy, the dialogues are pretty lame with not sufficient punches or one-liners.
De Dana Dan will almost certainly end up giving you a headache. Unless you revel in comedy where every character shrieks and screams, women are spoken of in a degrading manner and loud decibel levels give you a kick, this one’s not for you.
…..De Dana Dan is a new low for comedy as a whole.
Of all the Bollywood movies weâ€™ve watched in 2009, De Dana Dan is easily the most boring, sickening, crappy piece of shit.
….The grand get-rich plan of two desperate desis in Singapore Nitin (Akshay Kumar) and Ram (Sunil Shetty) rests on kidnapping the dog belonging to a rich and greedy businesswoman (Archana Puran Singh).
….Director Priyadarshan, who is also responsible for the moronic screenplay, then throws in a bewidering array of characters and side stories to the dog-kidnap tale in a clumsy, hopeless attempt at salvaging this junk.
….[I]n the complete absence of comic scenes or hilarious dialogs, the end result of this dismal ensemble is endless tedium for the audience.
Notwithstanding what you may have heard or read, none of the characters or their antics are funny in the least. Just unceasingly boring and tiresome.
….The principal villains of De Dan Dan are the incomprehensibly fatuous story and unendurable screenplay.
Sure, some of the critics have a positive thing or two to say about this piece of trash.
But their bottom line is that De Dana Dan is a piece of junk.
Folks, to waste precious time and money on trash like De Dana Dan is tantamount to pissing away hardearned money.