The veteran actor speaks about his latest film ‘Dharam Sankat Mein’
The recently released film ‘Dharam Sankat Mein’ is the official Hindi adaptation of British satire “The Infidel”. It is also a third satire on Indian religious practices, after ‘Oh My God’ and PK. The film sees veteran actors Paresh Rawal and Naseeruddin Shah sharing the stage together.
Naseeruddin Shah speaks of the film and his experiences as an actor in it.
Q1. You are playing the role of a religious guru in the film ‘Dharam Sankat Mein’. Do you think the film hurts the religious sentiments of people?
We have taken care of sentiments of all the religions and groups. We are not mocking religion in the film but the people who have made religion a source of their business. No religion or group will be able to accuse us or this film as whatever is shown in the film is correct and factual.
Q2. Your Godman look was finalised after experimenting with 60 other looks. What’s special about it?
What I am playing is a character called Neelanand Baba. I had great fun playing it and knocking people like that. In fact, I took personal interest in accessorizing this look, from choosing the right shade of blue for the Neel glares to riding the 1760cc blue sports bike; I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also wanted a good length of the ‘choti’ that you will find me sporting in the movie because I wanted to play with it.
Q3. What do you feel on the subject of the film?
Making a film like this shows a great deal of courage. And I am all for what the film is saying. The film is taking a stand against all kinds of blind faith.
‘Dharam Sankat Mein’ is presented and produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and produced by Sajjad Chunawala, and Shariq Patel from Trigno Media, released by Blue Sapphire Films in association with Wize Mindz Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. in the UK and is already in cinemas.