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April 19, 2011 > The Act of God insurance clause

The Act of God insurance clause

By Mona Shah

Popular Indian movie star Paresh Rawal returns to the Bay Area with a thought provoking play "Krishan v/s Kanhaiya." With irrepressible wit and humor, he explores an atheist's battle with God.

Krishan (Paresh Rawal) is an atheist who runs an antique shop together with a loyal employee Vasant. Atheist Krishan mocks and ridicules his wife who is very devout. "I cannot understand how her observing of Kadwa Chauth will add more years to my life," he says. One day an earthquake destroys his shop. The insurance agent visits Krishan at his home and informs him that the claim will be rejected because the loss occurred due to an "Act of God." Krishan challenges the agent to prove that the earthquake was in fact the Act of God and if so, he would sue God for recovery of damages. He files a case against God. He does not hire a lawyer. Instead he sets out to settle the score himself.

Filled with numerous hilarious court scenes, "Krishan v/s Kanhaiya" challenges age-old beliefs and brings out a deeper meaning in them. In the course of the play, God comes and explains to Krishan why he cannot win. Slowly, the bond between Krishan and God deepens and people around start considering him a demi-god.

Suddenly, Krishan dies. Then, he meets God and pleads to be sent back to earth to help people. What happens next? Find out on Sunday, April 24.

Krishan v/s Kanhaiya
Sunday, April 24
6 p.m.
Chabot College Auditorium
25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward
(408) 834-7711

Tickets: $79-$39

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