This summer sees the highly anticipated DVD and Blu-Ray release of the box office smash hit comedy, The Infidel.
The film’s original screenplay by writer and comedian David Baddiel received a fantastic public response during its cinema release in April earlier this year. The film makes its return with exclusive DVD and Blu-Ray extras, including never before seen backstage footage, Baddiel’s video diary and hilarious stand-up comedy from the world premiere at the Hammersmith Apollo in London.
The Infidel stars British-Iranian actor and general ‘funny man’ Omid Djalili (The Mummy, Gladiator) as Muslim family man ‘Mahmud Nasir’, who is grappling with a life changing identity, crisis. Following the death of his mother, Mahmud is hit by a shock revelation when he discovers not only was he adopted at birth, but that he is Jewish, and his real name is Solly Shimshillewitz!
Mahmud forms an unlikely friendship with drunken cabbie, Lenny Goldberg, played by Emmy Award winning Richard Schiff (‘The West Wing’). In a bid to come to terms with his identity Mahmud turns to Lenny to help him understand what it means to be a Jew.
Film producer, Uzma Hasan, one of the only female Muslim film producers in the UK, says: “The Infidel is a comedy about a British family with a poignant message at the heart of it – in the midst of learning whether he is a Muslim or a Jew, what Mahmud finds is his humanity.”
The Infidel also stars Archie Panjabi, (‘Bend it Like Beckham’, ‘East is East’), Ravin Ganatra (‘Coronation Street’, ‘Britz’), Igal Naor (‘Greenzone’, ‘House of Saddam’), an array of comedy-cameos including Matt Lucas (‘Little Britain’), and newcomers Soraya Radford and Amit Shah (Like Minds).
Talking about the film, Shah says: “Being a part of the film has been a fulfilling and unforgettable experience. The response the film has received since its release has been really humbling, and the laughter and fun behind putting this together is reflected in the final product.”
The Infidel is available to purchase in stores and online on Blu-Ray and DVD from August 9th.