Fuwad Khan's directorial debut Dharam Sankat Mein is a brave gesture, mainly because of the subject the cinematographer (A Wednesday, Jism several among others) chose for his first movie as a director. The film traces the struggles in the life of a man who's lived his life as a Hindu, only to realise that he was born in a Muslim family. But is it a rational, unbiased take on blind practices in the name of religion or is it yet another half-hearted attempt that ends up scoffing at one or more religions?
Dharam Sankat Mein is loosely based on Josh Apignanesi’s The Infidel (2010). Written by acclaimed comedian and author David Baddiel, The Infidel is the story of Mahmud (played by Omid Djalili) whose life is turned upside down when he discovers that he is not a British Muslim, but was born in a Jewish family. Khan's film too is a satirical take on religious practices and fake godmen across all religions in India. Recently, Aamir Khan's PK too touched upon such corrupt practices in our life; the film was critically acclaimed and did well on the ticket windows but had to face the ire of various religious heads, who also demanded the film to be banned.
Is all of this just for promotions of the movie or is Dharam Sankat Mein really a good-intentioned film? Watch this space for the review to find out.