Cast: Paresh Rawal, Naseeruddin Shah, Annu Kapoor
Director: Fuwad Khan
Storyline: Dharampal Trivedi, happy with his Hindu identity suddenly discovers that he originally is a Muslim! What happens next is something to watch out for!
Review: Umesh Shukla’s ‘Oh My God’ featuring Paresh Rawal and Akshay Kumar is still one of the movies that you enjoy watching. Isn’t it? Extremism in religion is one of the most favoured topic nowadays for the Bollywood filmmakers and the latest join the league after ‘Oh My God’ and ‘PK’ is ‘Dharam Sankat Mein’ featuring few of the most celebrated stars of Bollywood.
Well, ‘Dharam Sankat Mein’… the name of the movie says it all. The movie reflects a dilemma of a man who is under tremendous confusion of his ‘actual religion’.
The movie by Fuwad Khan has already stirred controversy over some religious connotations. It is now to be seen if the Paresh Rawal’s starrer is able to make it as big as ‘OMG’ and ‘PK’ or not.
Plot: A leading caterer of Ahmedabad, Dharampal Trivedi (Paresh Rawal) is a happy Hindu but is not too fond of Muslims and has indulged into an argument with neighbor Mehmood Nazeem Ali Shah Khan Bahadur (Annu).
Dharampal’s son Amit wants to get hitched with Shraddha, an avid follower of Neelananda Baba (Naseeruddin Shah) who rides a motor-cycle. Amit then pleads his father to become more religious and impress not only Shraddha’s father but also the Baba.
While Dharampal agrees to support his son, he suddenly discovers that he is an adopted child and his real father is a Muslim and to meet him, he will have to adopt some Muslim ways.
Will Dharampal be able to overcome his own ‘dharmic’ chauvinism and will he be able to find the rescue, in spite of the society?
What it will deliver?
‘Dharam Sankat Mein’ on some grounds follows ‘Oh My God’, a mega hit of 2012 and is further inspired by the British comedy ‘The Infidel’.
Well, what has worked best here is the perfect performance by Paresh Rawal who has fueled up the movie with his terrific one liners, ironical glances and agonized eyes as he turns stranger in his own world.
On the other hand, Annu Kapoor too has done justice to his role with his scenes that are frequently crackling.
The chunks of pure comedy and dialogues whistling with it are sure to leave you entertained.
But at the same time, it gets a bit too much after a while as you feel that the story has tried to cover up a big bag of issues such as fake babas, real crimes and what not. The large sequences at a point look low on energy and stereotypes. From lusty baba to thick kajal-eyed imam, it all stretches to a yawning point.
Positive Points – The unusual fillers that will help you stay away from predicting the next scene.
Negative Points – Even though he delivers an incredible performance, it seems that Paresh Rawal has become a face of such movies. After a point, you tend to lose interest in the social satires being shown to you again and again that offers the same thing.
NewsX Verdict: In a nutshell, ‘Dharam Sankat Mein’ should be watched for its straightforwardness and the message it intends to convey. For comedy movie lovers, the movie is surely a big bang.