De Dana Dan was a comedy movie that was released in 2009. The movie was directed by the famous director, Priyadarshan (who had directed many other hit movies such as Hera Pheri, Hungama, Garam Masala, and many others). The movie starred the combination that last was seen in the 2006 Hera Pheri, namely Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal. In addition, the movie also starred as the female leads, Katrina Kaif and Sameera Reddy, and also starred Neha Dhupia, Chunky Pandey, Archana Puran Singh. The movie aims to be a comedy, with some amount of seriousness, the comedy being in the interactions between the characters, set in an overall situation where the main leads are in a poor financial condition and as a result, are unable to be with their loved ones. The music for the film was somewhat catchy with some of the numbers such as "Rishte Naate" and "Paisa Paisa" being remembered.
The movie was an above average earner, with the movie making a decent amount at the box office, both in India and abroad, thus increasing the reputation of Priyadarshan.
The movie is primarily about 2 poor male Indians in Singapore. Nitin (Akshay Kumar) and Ram (Suniel Shetty) are in a poor financial condition, and love 2 girls, Anjali (Katrina Kaif) and Manpreet (Sameera Reddy). Both of them are rich girls and whose parents are not agreeable to the idea of their daughters marrying poorly. Nitin works as the all-in-one servant to Archana Puran Singh who owns supermarket stores and who favors her dog Mulchand Ji, and there is a running tiff between Akshay and Mulchand Ji. Akshay's father owned a large debt to Archana Puran Singh and Akshaya is trying to pay off the debt by working like this, although he acknowledges that the debt will not be repaid so easily.
Ram in turn came to Singapore as an actor in Chinese films, but now works for a courier company. The movie runs through a mad-cap situation where the marriage of Manpreet is originally planned to the sun of Paresh Rawal (Chunky Pandey). Both Nitin and Ram decide to earn money by kidnapping Mulchand Ji, but the plot changes when the dog runs away, and then it is assumed that Nitin has been kidnapped. Paresh Rawal is a swindler who looks to this marriage as a way for his son to get a large sum of money. Neha Dhupia is a high class call girl, Shakti Kapoor is a person who has affairs behind his wife's back, and then there is an assassin also involved. The highlight of the movie is a madcap scene in the Pan Pacific Hotel in Singapore where the movie finally comes to a happy ending.