A satire with a hard hitting message.

Bollywood seems to be adamant of breaking the superstitions in its audience's mind and leading the pack is Paresh Rawal, who first tried to open eyes with his satire on religion and Godmen 'OMG Oh My God' and now with a slightly different story following the same route 'Dharam Sankat Mein'.

This Fuwad Khan directorial veture is about a Gujju business man Dharampal Trivedi (Paresh Rawal) who is sternly anti-muslim. So much so that he wants his Muslim neighbor, a lawyer played by Annu Kapoor to move out of his society. Life takes a U-turn when he is revealed that he is an adopted child biologically born to Muslim parents. In the lieu of finding his biological father, Dharam has to undergo the sankat of converting as well.

'Dharam Sankat Mein' is laced with three of the most brilliant actors of our time and they do complete justice to their characters. Rawal brings in humour and generates empathy. Shah is hilarious as Neelanand Baba while Kapoor plays his role with honesty. Fuwad does a good job when it comes to presenting a neutral film taking moderate digs on both religions but where the film loses brownie points is its production value.

The music of the film is pretty bad and cinematography average. "Dharam Sankat Mein" sure could have done with a few edits as a few scenes were totally not required and deterrent to the flow. There's sure no novelty in the film and nothing that we as an audience aren't aware of. And after 'OMG' and 'PK', the plot gives a lot of deja vu feeling.

Yes, the film does burst quite a few religious myths that prevail in our society, but that alone does not make it an engaging one. We would not say that the film is avoidable as there is a message on blind faith that needs to be hammered in our heads, but as far as we see it as a commercial film, we would say that there was a little more effort required on the part of the director.

We are going with two and a half stars for this Paresh Rawal starrer for exceedingly good performances and that message that it is trying to convey.

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