This movie is an adaptation of a very successful Gujarati play, which later also became a hit in Hindi and Marathi. The original template is an Australian film called The Man Who Sued God.
Paresh Rawal, plays the central character of a businessman who is an avowed atheist. His outstanding performance, as usual, rises above the material and is the primary draw. Kanji Lalji Mehta, played by Paresh Rawal, runs an antiques shop. That is destroyed one day, in an earthquake. The insurance company refuses to pay, saying it was an act of God. So Kanji, defiant, furious and abandoned by his family, goes to court and sues God. The notice is served to temples and aashrams where he claims he has donated money and given charity. The head honchos of some religious establishments are running a scam and are compelled to come to the court and defend this claim against them. Meanwhile, God (played by Akshay Kumar) sees the valid questions that Kanji is raising and sees that if properly guided, this atheist can be the most powerful conduit against religious scams and comes down to guide Kanji. Kanji’s arguments with religious leaders in the court and his discussion with the media and the public are some of the best and much needed dialogs, for Indian society where idols are claimed to be drinking milk provided by their followers, trees and rocks acquire divine properties miraculously, and money that is given to religious establishments can clothe and feed every citizen.
Despite the preachy subject matter, Rawal’s acting and good dialogs keep the movie from being overly preachy and keeps it in the realm of light hearted comedy. I give it rating of 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being excellent.