It’s all about where you put your faith. Whether you are a God-loving person or God-fearing, theatre play, Krishan vs Kanhaiya, starring renowned actor Paresh Rawal that explores the role of religion in today’s world, will be worth a watch.
A fund-raiser organised by Sumaitri, a crisis intervention centre for the depressed and suicidal in Delhi, ‘‘the play is going to be an eye-opener for all the people beholding blind faith and commercializing religion,” says Rawal.
The play is about Krishanlal, an antique-shop owner in Mumbai who sells various kinds of religious idols. For years, he has been exploiting the religious beliefs of his customers, making up false stories about the idols and their origins in order to attract huge sums of money. The interesting thing is that Krishanlal himself is an atheist and has no qualms about cheating his customers. He loves making fun of his wife Sushila and servant Vasant’s devotion to God. What he doesn’t know is that his life is about to take a huge turn. When an earthquake destroys his store, he tries to claim insurance, which is, however, denied because his policy doesn’t cover damages caused by God. Krishanlal then decides to sue God to recover his money. He becomes his own lawyer and sets out to prove in court that God doesn’t exist. Based on that, he argues, the clause in the policy should be considered void.
In the midst of this emotional upheaval in Krishanlal’s life, he gets an unexpected visitor: Lord Krishna himself. The rest of the play charts the businessman’s transformation.
Where: Siri Fort Auditorium.
When: August 17
Timing: 6.30 pm onwards.
Availability: www.bookmyshow.com and at A Touch of Gold, Hauz Khas Village where you can call (9911536366).
Price: Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,000
The Sunday Standard