Dharam Sankat Mein: A low-key version of PK?

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So, what do you do when a seemingly low budget movie comes around? You probably flip the coin, tossing to know, whether you should watch it or not. Fuelled by a rather impassioned sense of loyalty, if you do find yourself watching the new release on a Friday morning, you are certainly a movie buff, just like me.

As I stood waiting at the counter, today, I didn’t have too many expectations. The trailer of Dharam Sankat Mein promised me a few laughs and a few more trolls on religious fanaticism. Misguided faith has been gnawing our country hollow for quite some time now. Religion and the extremism that surrounds it have, therefore, been a favorite topic for the film-makers, lately! They have been exploiting this theme tad bit too much. I, for one, really wanted to see how different Fuwad Khan’s Dharam Sankat Mein was from the other movies made on the similar lines.

Featuring ace actors like Paresh Rawal, Naseeruddin Shah and Annu Kapoor in lead roles, Dharam Sankat Mein revolves around the story of a barely-observant Hindu man who was born Muslim. Confused? Well, the plot of the movie is wafer thin. OMG- Oh My God’s star, Paresh Rawal is the one who is in deep, deep trouble in the movie as he discovers that he was, in fact, adopted as a son by a Hindu family but was born in a Muslim family. The identity crisis that he feels pervades throughout the film as he embarks on the rather tedious journey of finding his real father. Hilarity ensues as Paresh dons his kufi and makes rather funny attempts at educating himself in the ways of Allah.

Just like PK, this movie, too, has courted its share of controversies due the religious connotations that it carries. Naseeruddin Shah steals the show with his cartoonish character, a religious guru who performs stunts on motorcycles. Every word that he utters is religiously followed and revered by his crazed devotees.  Dharam Sankat Mein, however, relies heavily on upon Annu Kapoor and Paresh Rawal to distract the audience from the loopholes in the movie. Weak supporting cast, wayward logic, wobbly pace are a few drawbacks that beleaguer the movie. The humor that the movie promises dries up by the end, as you find yourself yawning and glancing at your watch.

With flaws afloat, Dharam Sankat Mein is, according to me, one time watch. Considering the controversial theme that the director chose to depict in his movie, he hasn’t fared too badly. Making religious jokes in a country like India is definitely, not a very easy task to accomplish. The movie gets a 3 on 5, simply because of the way it mocks the hypocrisy that surrounds blind faith.

Sangeeta Purkayastha

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