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The Infidel (2010)

TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama | 4 June 2010 (Ireland)
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An identity crisis comedy centred on Mahmud Nasir, successful business owner, and salt of the earth East End Muslim who discovers that he's adopted - and Jewish.

Director:

Josh Appignanesi

Writer:

David Baddiel
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Igal Naor ... Arshad El-Masri
Stewart Scudamore ... Tariq
Omid Djalili ... Mahmud Nasir
James Krishna Floyd ... Gary Page (as James Floyd)
Archie Panjabi ... Saamiya Nasir
Leah Fatania Leah Fatania ... Nabi Nasir
Stuart Antony Stuart Antony ... Drummer
Scott Walters Scott Walters ... Delivery Guy
Mina Anwar ... Muna
Amit Shah ... Rashid Nasir
Soraya Radford Soraya Radford ... Uzma
Ravin J. Ganatra ... Fahad (as Ravin Ganatra)
Christian Lees ... Bar Mitzvah Twin Louis
Jonah Lees ... Bar Mitzah Twin Sammi
Richard Schiff ... Lenny Goldberg
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Based in a London suburb Mahmud Nasir lives with his pretty wife, Saamiya, and two children, Rashid and Nabi. His son plans to marry Uzma, the step-daughter of Egyptian-born Arshad Al-Masri, a so-called 'Hate Cleric' from Waziristan, Pakistan. Mahmud, who is not exactly a devout Muslim, he drinks alcohol, and does not pray five times, but does agree that he will appease Arshad, without whose approval the marriage cannot take place. Shortly thereafter Mahmud, while going over his recently deceased mother's documents, will find out that he was adopted, his birth parents were Jewish, and his name is actually Solly Shimshillewitz. He conceals this information from his family, and with the help of his neighbor, Leonard Goldberg, tries to understand the Jews, their religion and even locates his birth-father, who is on his death-bed in a nursing home. Mahmud does not know that Arshad has been checking into his background, has videotaped him setting fire to a Jewish cap during a protest, and ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Is It a Muslim? Is It a Jew? No! It's...

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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

David Baddiel: The movie's writer can be seen on the TV show The Wright Stuff (2000), which Mahmud watches. See more »

Goofs

After Mahmud sees that Lenny has parked his taxi cab on his parking cones, he begins to walk over to Lenny's house to confront him about it. On the way, he walks past a car and the camera crew is reflected in its side. See more »

Quotes

[Lenny has parked his cab in Mahmud's reserved space]
Mahmud Nasir: You've got a real fucking nerve...
Lenny Goldberg: I know I should never have rubbed that fuckin' lamp.
Mahmud Nasir: [Surprised] You American?
Lenny Goldberg: [In Cockney accent] Nah, I'm a... I'm a Cockney sparrow.
Mahmud Nasir: Come on, move your cab.
Lenny Goldberg: Beg your pardon? What happened to that famed Islamic politeness?
Mahmud Nasir: You saw the space was marked! Move your fucking cab!
Lenny Goldberg: Look, pal, I've lived here for fifteen years. I'll park wherever I wanna park!
Mahmud Nasir: Just move it up a bit further up the road, alright!
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Mahmud's road-rage scene from the outset has been sound-dubbed for strong language (UK video version), with the C-word being uttered only once. In the UK cinema print, Mahmud shouts the C-word many times towards the taxi driver. See more »

Connections

References Seinfeld (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Aaja Ve Mahiya
Performed by Imran Nasser Khan
Written by Imran Nasser Khan
Published by Prestige Music
Master recording courtesy of Prestige Records
Executive Producer Shahid Mazhar
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A very serious comedy.
17 January 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Infidel" has a funny premise, but the film also treads on many serious topics--straddling the fine line between social satire and social commentary. While it's not a brilliant film, I really respect the filmmakers for making it--and it's good for a laugh.

Omid Djalili plays a Muslim Brit. While not exactly religious, he is anti-Jewish and tries to fit in to his local Muslim community. However, his entire world is turned upside down when he learns that he was adopted...and his birth parents were Jews! He doesn't know what to do--should he try to find his birth parents? Should he ignore all this? Should he perhaps become a Jew or tell his friends and family about this? In addition to answering these questions, the film gets very serious when the man's son falls in love with a lady---and her father is a rabid anti-Semite and jihadist. What's poor Omid to do?!

As I said, the film talks about a lot of VERY sensitive and serious issues and is sure to infuriate the more close-minded viewers--though I doubt if they'd see the film in the first place. But, it also manages to be very silly at times--keeping a light mood when treading on tough topics. I appreciate this very much--it took some guts to make the film. My only complaints are that occasionally the film looked a bit rushed--such as the very contrived ending. It was fun--but not the most inspired portion of the film. Still, you could do a lot worse than watch this film! By the way, this film would make a WONDERFUL addition to watching "West Bank Story"--another film which treads the same territory but manages to do it even better. In fact, "West Bank Story" received (deservedly) the Oscar for Best Short Subject Film--it's that good.

By the way, the film has some very crude language--so hold on tight and don't show it to your mother-in-law!


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Release Date:

4 June 2010 (Ireland) See more »

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Alles koscher! See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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