The Hera Pheri team is back. Or rather, Suniel Shetty is back. After an ordinary 2008 that saw the release of a delayed Mr. Black Mr. White, a special appearance in Mission Istanbul (which was also produced by him) and a guest appearance in Mukhbiir, the man seemed to have gone into an oblivion. The only silver lining was One Two Three where he was clearly the star of the show. With comedy working most for the versatile actor who has been around for close to a couple of decades now, he appears to be all over today with first Daddy Cool and now De Dana Dan round the corner. In addition, international recognition is coming his way as well – courtesy an award for the Best Actor in Red Alert – The War Within. Moreover, future looks good too with Anees Bazmee‘s No Problem lined up for next. Clearly, a lot is happening for Suniel Shetty who, in a conversation with Joginder Tuteja, talks about the wonderfully shot climax of De Dana Dan, his chemistry with Akshay Kumar and his future plans with Priyadarshan.
Talking about De Dana Dan, what really is the relevance of a title like this?
I think the title works most because it goes with the pace of the film. Due to its subject, it really makes sense because there are as many as 26 characters who are into a De Dana Dan mode. What makes it further exciting is that only 3-4 of them are acquainted with each other while everyone else is seemingly looking for someone else. It is a mad story.
The promos seem to have done the trick too…
Ya, I have been getting great feelers. See, the thing is that when a director gets the right producer and a good star cast, everything falls into place quite well. Everyone is inspired enough to go all out in making the film a reality. Moreover, the beauty of De Dana Dan is that it is an original story. It is neither inspired from any source nor is it a remake.
The beauty of De Dana Dan is that it is an original story. It is neither inspired from any source nor is it a remake
I have also heard that the film’s climax is shot like Titanic with gallons and gallons of water around. Do you wish to elaborate upon that?
Titanic was tragic and it was set on a ship. De Dana Dan climax is more like the one we saw in Hollywood’s The Towering Inferno (1974). Since in that film, a 100 storey building catches fire, a million gallon water tanks at the top of the building is let loose so as to extinguish it. Similarly, in De Dana Dan too an entire hotel is flooded with water when a tank at the top of the building opens up. However, while in he Towering Inferno it was intentional, in De Dana Dan it is by accident that leads to a riotous laugh fest. Entire hotel gets submerged and it seems like a river flowing through the hotel.
In De Dana Dan too an entire hotel is flooded with water when a tank at the top of the building opens up
Seems like good fun…
Oh, you have to see the last 10 minutes of the movie to believe it. Since most of the characters are looking for something while being underwater, you would see them swimming and floating around. It is only when everyone reaches the reception at the ground level does the journey end.
Coming back to the film and its actors, one would have expected that the return of Hera Pheri team would be with quite some fanfare. However, this time around everyone seem to be underplaying De Dana Dan. Why is that so?
That’s by intention. This movie is special and we all know that it will really work with the all, especially family audiences. There isn’t any humour that you would be embarrassed of or lines that are double meaning. The film is pure comedy which can be seen with a grandson as well as grandfather. You won’t cringe in your seat or feel like fast forwarding anything. When so much is seemingly correct in the film, you tend to become a bit superstitious to talk about it day in and night out. I am scared because whenever I have talked too much about a film, something has gone wrong. This is the reason why I chose to be quiet all this while.
When we go back to Hera Pheri, it was a clear two hero film with both you and Akshay having equal prominence. Do we see something similar in De Dana Dan as well where there is no case of a first lead or a second lead?
This is for the first time when I have said that please watch the film and see for yourself the chemistry between Akki and me and the way we have performed. Especially the scenes between Akki and me are a riot; they are so natural. Beyond that, as I said earlier, I don’t really want to go gaga in advance.
This movie is special and we all know that it will really work with the all, especially family audiences
You have been one of the favourites with Priyan and after Hera Pheri, he has repeated you in number of films like Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar, Hulchul, Chup Chup Ke and now De Dana Dan. Have you ever felt like approaching him and saying – ‘Ok, lets make an author backed film with me in the lead?’
I am especially fond of Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar and it is actually one of my favourite movies. Unfortunately, it was ahead of it’s times and people have started enjoying such comedies only lately. Talking of me approaching him for a role, then well, that’s not me. Priyan is someone who will give me good work if there is something for me. Beyond that, I am not the kind who will ever tell a friend, whether it’s a director or a journalist, to go out of his way to do something for me. In any case, Priyan is signed with my production house for making a film so we should have something good coming soon.