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Does God exist? And if he does where is the proof?
This is the premise of this movie. Kanji bhai is an atheist who runs a shop selling idols and religious items and does stuff like bottle tap water and sell it as Gangajal. His shop is the only one that gets destroyed in an earthquake and the insurance company refuses to pay since acts of God like earthquakes are not covered by the policy. In frustration he decides to take God to Court and ask Him to compensate him for his loss. Since he doesn't have God's heavenly address he sends the notice to various well known Godmen and Sadhus with whom he has a pitched battle in Court. Of course, God, puts in an appearance and the rest of the story is about getting justice from the insurance company and also debunking myths.
The story is interesting and well paced out. The dialogues are pretty good and the repartee between Kanjibhai and the Godmen in the courtroom is very engaging. The Govinda item number though quite out of place is a pleasure to watch for Prabhudeva.
Paresh Rawal is an outstanding actor and he essays Kanjibhai with ease and great conviction. The movie rests very ably on his shoulders. Akshay makes a very dapper Lord Krishna. Dressed very spiffily in sharp suits and stylish jackets with a bike to die for, he is calm and confident. I also loved his accessories - his peacock feather crystal studded keychain that he keeps twirling like a Sudarshsn chakra, his laptop cover with a crystal peacock feather motif and cool blue t shirt with a Krishna graphic. Good scope for some merchandising here! Mithun as the fraud miracle making Godman hams it a bit with his mannerisms but yet works somehow. His expressions make up for the mannerisms.
Fortunately, the movie stays logical and more intellectual than become bombastic or melodramatic, given that it is about religion. That works in its favour and keeps you interested. For a change, it's a movie that entertains as well as makes you think. Jai Shri Krishna!