"De Dana Dan is not Hera Pheri," producer Ratan Jain clarifies, "Sure, the star cast is same and so is the director, but there's no effort to make a sequel to Hera Pheri or be like Hera Pheri. De Dana Dan has a completely different storyline and the character sketches are poles apart too."
But comparisons with Hera Pheri are inevitable. "I am well aware of that, but the fact is that De Dana Dan is far more entertaining than any Akshay - Priyadarshan movies made in the past. De Dana Dan has Priyan and Akshay at their best," the respected producer explains.
Ratan Jain, who has worked with Aamir (Akele Hum Akele Tum, Mela), Shahrukh Khan (Baazigar, Baadshah, Yes Boss, Josh, Main Hoon Naa) and Akki regularly, is planning a project each with Abbas-Mustan and Priyadarshan in the near future. What happens to Khiladi 2?
"That will be made with Abbas-Mustan and Akki only, but till we lay our hands on the right script, we wouldn't like to announce the project," he says.
Akshay Kumar and Priyadarshan's new outing, De Dana Dan, has evoked tremendous interest within and outside the industry. The film is piping hot, to put it in simple and straightforward terms. The Akshay-Suniel-Paresh pairing with Priyadarshan evokes strong memories of Hera Pheri.