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Last Updated Friday April 20 2018 11:53 PM IST

K. Kumar: Godforsaken conversations with the Almighty

Prem Udayabhanu
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Daivame Kai Thozham K Kumarakanam The plot then takes an out-of-the world tryst with a spat between Kumar and his homemaker wife.

Salim Kumar's 'Daivame Kaithozham K. Kumar Akanam' is an attempted socio-political satire which drags the Almighty into a layman's life. Literally.

Written and directed by Salim Kumar who also plays a spoof character of an industrialist, the K Kumar saga pans out after God decides to take a plunge into a lay man's life. God and his personal assistant decides to literally live with K Kumar and Nirmala and in an attempt to understand the travails of the common man.

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The protagonist Kumar is handpicked by the Almighty as he has never troubled the omnipotent power for anything.

The satire begins with God and his PA descending into his own country en route a sojourn in Kumar's house.

The plot then takes an out-of-the world tryst with a spat between Kumar and his homemaker wife.

In the presence of God, they quarrel about male chauvinism and the hierarchy that keeps a woman embedded in household chores.

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God brokers an uneasy pact between the warring couple with a reversal of roles which thrusts household chores to Kumar and his societal responsibilities to his wife.

Read: Censor board cuts cow from Salim Kumar's 'Daivame Kai Thozham'

So far so good, but Salim Kumar then loses the plot to drive home a godforsaken message.

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Salim Kumar's overwhelming desire to lace the plot with satire is clearly evident in the dialogues with even the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Swach Bharat Abhiyan coming into play.

In fact a string of dialogues laced with wry humor is a saving grace in the plot, which loses a sense of purpose after God brokers peace between the spouses.

Salim Kumar is able to aptly mock the political narrative panning out in Kerala as well as the mindless reportage of television channels through his script. But it lacks deep thinking and hence falls flat on the audience, as is evident from the cacophony of cat calls when the movie ends.

Jayaram is back after a lull and Anushree is a saving grace, but Nedumudi as the Almighty somehow disappoints the viewers.

Salim Kumar has also co-produced the movie and the national award winning actor should have taken more effort while planning and executing a fantasy plot.

Rating: 3 / 5

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