De Dana Dan marks the return of the lucky pair Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif and brings back the team that gave us the super successful Hera Pheri. Given the plot, one anticipates a breezy, fun soundtrack. And music directors Pritam, RDB & Ad Boys deliver just that.
Rishte naate (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Suzanne Demello) is a pleasant romantic number which benefits immensely from the contrasting styles of the singers. In the same mould as Aaj din chaddeya from Love Aaj Kal and Teri ore from Singh is Kinng, this song is a potential chartbuster. The remix by Kunal Ganjawala is equally impressive.
Up next is the groovy upbeat Paisa (RDB, Manak E and Selina), a Punjabi tune with an infectious hook that’s similar to Usher’s Yeah. This number could well be the flavour of the season, especially at all the clubs.
Gale lag ja (Javed Ali and Banjoytsana) is easy on the ears but not remarkable. It’s an average seductive song with singer Banjoytsana sounding a lot like Alisha Chinoy.
Baamulaiza (Dominique Cerejo, Mika and Style Bhai) successfully captures the Caribbean celebratory mood and the use of the Urdu word Baamulaiza in a calypso tune is particularly interesting. Should be more interesting to watch on the big screen.
Hotty naughty (Sunidhi Chauhan) with lyrics by Neeraj Sridhar is a rambunctious track that fails to impress. And finally the title track De dana dan is written by veteran lyricist Sameer and sung and composed by Ad Boys. It’s a spirited, catchy tune that could be popular for a short while. And if you’re talking value for money, well, every song in the album has a remix version too!
De Dana Dan may not be a musical masterpiece but it delivers what it
Verdict: In Hindi film lingo Time-pass!