February 11, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations): Did
you ever think why you keep a fast on a certain festival? When you go
for “anjali” (offering to God) in different temples or puja pandals, did
you even try to find out the meaning of the Sanskrit chanting that you
repeat after the priest? Did you ask yourself why you make a hefty
donation in the temples when a number of beggars are sitting right
outside pleading for a penny or two?
If your answer to these questions is “NO” then “Krishan vs. Kanhaiya”
is a must watch for you!!! If “YES” then you are already in sync with
our story tellers and will be thoroughly enjoying this show!!! This
Paresh Rawal starrer play was enacted for the 4th time in Kolkata at
Vidyamandir auditorium on February 10th.
The theater production compels you to question the customs which you
have followed till date. This is the story of an atheist, Krishanlal
Mehta who owned an antique store. He used to sell various worthless
items at exorbitant prices by adding a religious angle to them, which
always was untrue (a piece of long cloth was sold by him to someone as
Draupadi’s sari). This shrewd business man is only one facet of his
personality as otherwise he is a responsible and caring husband, a true
friend and a man who only went by logic.
His life turned topsy-turvy when his shop was destroyed in an
earthquake and his insurance claim was declined. It was said that
earthquake is an act of God and insurance claims can be approved only
for man-made disasters. Infuriated by this, he files a case in the court
against God. The plea was: If his shop was destroyed by God, either he
or any of his representatives like the temples or the religious
organizations must compensate for the loss but if it is proven that
there is no existence of God the insurance company is accountable to pay
him the money.
Read the complete review of Paresh Rawal's play Krishan vs Kanhaiya on WBRi.