The success of this movie clearly highlights the contempt of the “Godmen” by the urbanites, but only if this contempt could be extended to the “God” himself. The movie makes a good statement, but it also propagates the same old notions.

Thankfully, there are no blasphemy laws in India, so the movie could be made. But, unfortunately, India doesn’t have any independent Law of Tort either — except the Consumer Protection Act, but which is not relevant here. It follows the Common Law, in which there is no recourse against the “Act of God” — Jesus is not “God” himself. So, the movie stands on a weak foundation; however, I like the concept: If a Hindu “God” can sue under the Right to Property Act then why shouldn’t it be sued under the Law of Tort! The Hindu “God” is capable of taking human forms, so, in that capacity, he or she can be sued for his or her acts causing damage to other humans.

I don’t take anything else from the movie except for a bleak possibility of suing Hindu “Gods” through their various agents/”Godmen”. Unfortunately, the “God” can’t be sued in case of other religions, and I dare not endorse a Uniform Civil Code for the “Gods”, though Kanji Bhai did try doing it in the movie. The movie is a laughter riot and should be enjoyed just like that.

©2012 Ankur Mutreja

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Ankur Mutreja
Ankur Mutreja is an advocate-cum-writer, and his blogs are amongst his modes of expression. He has also authored six books: "Kerala Hugged"; "Light: Philosophy"; "Flare: Opinions"; "Sparks: Satire and Reviews"; "Writings @ Ankur Mutreja"; and "Nine Poems"; which can be downloaded free from the links on the top menu.

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