Even though, Priyadarshan's DE DANA DAN is touted as laugh-a-minute affair, its climax is inspired by THE TOWERING INFERNO (1974), which had set new standards for disaster genre.
The plot of this Hollywood classic required extinguishing flames by exploding the million gallon water tanks at the top of the building. 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 THE TOWERING INFERNO it was intentional, in DE DANA DAN it is by accident that leads to a riotous laugh fest.
Confirms Priyadarshan who agrees that this has been his most difficult shoot in a career that has spanned several decades, 'Yes, I was inspired from THE TOWERING INFERNO. A tank opens by accident and all my 26 characters get washed down from top stories to the hotel lobby. It was hugely challenging to shoot these portions.'
'I can stand up and say that the job done by my technicians has been at least at par with Hollywood standards if not better. The climax lasts for around 10-15 minutes and it is going to be the highlight of the film', says Priyadarshan who is seldom seen to be so gung go about a film of his.