De Dana Dan is an out and out comic entertainer
due to which one doesn't quite expect a musical here. Of
course Akshay Kumar-Pritam 'jodi' in the past has given
chartbuster tracks in comedies like Bhool Bhulaiyaa
and Singh Is Kinng earlier. Still, these films
had a romantic angle to them which resulted in memorable
music not just by means of item numbers but also a few
soulful songs. However, when it comes to De Dana Dan,
all one expects are some more Hera Pheri moments,
courtesy the coming together of Akshay Kumar, Suneil
Shetty, Paresh Rawal and Priyadarshan.
There is a very pleasant surprise in store though at the
very beginning of the album with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan coming
up with an extremely likeable 'Rishte Naate'.
A beautiful love song which is set in a mould similar to
that of 'Teri Ore' [Singh Is Kinng], 'Rishte
Naate' is also elevated further due to some very good
writing by Sayeed Quadri. The combination works perfectly
well with English rendition by Suzanne Demello being an
icing on the cake. The song's remix makes for a good club
outing as well with Kunal Ganjawala replacing Rahat Fateh
Ali Khan for this version and still giving a good account of
himself. It is surprising that such a beautiful sounding
track is being released so late in the day when the film is
a mere 20 days away from release.
Mood of the album changes soon after
with some groovy beats making 'Paisa' a number
to jive along. This is the kind of track that doesn't
necessarily make a huge impression in the very first outing
but grows on you tremendously after it has been played for a
few times. The way RDB writes, composes and sings this track
with Manak-E and Selina has a 'desi' feel to it as well that
makes it stand out in the crowd. This is the kind of track
which has Punjabi folk fusion written all over it and can be
heard in the North India belt. A theme song about money
being the driving force behind all the acts, 'Paisa
Paisa', which also has a supporting 'Club Mix' version,
can be a hugely popular track provided it is bombarded on
music channels 24X7.
From a romantic number and a situational outing, De Dana
Dan turns on the heat with a seductive 'Gale Lag
Ja'. A sensual rain track featuring Katrina Kaif
along with Akshay, it has newcomer Banjyotsna coming up with
the kind of rendition that reminds of Alisha Chenoy. Written
by Ashish Pandit, this slow moving number with Javed Ali
behind the mike is easy on ears even though it doesn't carry
that chartbuster appeal to it. Hear this one (which also has
a second version with Domonique Cerejo also joining the
show) for some soothing times and move on to the next one in
For fourth song in a row, there is a different lyricist
roped in. This time around it is Irshaad Kamil who writes a
celebration track 'Baamulaiza'. Even though
Mika Singh is at the helm of affairs, one really misses
Neeraj Sreedhar here who would have made a difference to the
final outcome. A rhythmic track that has Style Bhai coming
up with his rap-n-reggae, 'Baamulaiza' (which too has
a 'remix version' in the offering) makes for a fine hearing
though not necessarily belonging to the hit variety. It's
nice to see though that Dominique Cerejo, an erstwhile
background vocalist, gets yet another number as a playback
singer to her credit.
The trend of a separate lyricist for each of the songs
continues with Neeraj Sreedhar writing 'Hotty Naughty'
which reminds one of lesser heard 'Aage Aage Dekhe Ja'
[Life Partner] in its beginning portions. An obvious
item number that has been crooned by Sunidhi Chauhan and is
picturised on Neha Dhupia, 'Hotty Naughty' is more
fun than sensual which ensures that the proceedings do not
become risqué. A passable peppy track that should look good
on screen with some eye catchy picturisation, it falls under
the bracket of being time pass and that's about it. Kalpana
Patwari sings the 'remix version' but frankly, one would
prefer Sunidhi's rendition here.
Finally comes the title track 'De Dana Dan', a
Sameer written number which is sung and composed by Ad Boys.
Just like 'Paisa', this one too has a chartbuster
appeal to it and sees a good blend of Punjabi music with
contemporary Bollywood music. Boasting of the kind of beats
and energy that seldom fails; De Dana Dan is quite
spirited and should make for a riotous outing on screen. The
track brings a good end to the album which mostly boasts of
an inherent fun element.
In the recent times, there have been quite some quality
musical scores like Kurbaan, Tum Mile, Ajab Prem Ki
Ghazab Kahani and Radio that have managed to make
an impact. Most of these have a classy feel to it. In
comparison, De Dana Dan has a massy feel to it with
numbers like 'Paisa' and title song making a good
impression. 'Baamulaiza' and 'Hotty Naughty'
don't have a much future though beyond the film's run in
theatres. However, if there is a track that would be
remembered at least for a few more months to come, it would
be 'Rishte Naate'.
'Rishte Naate', 'Paisa', 'Gale Lag Ja'' ,'De Dana Dan'
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