The debate about people turning into Godmen has been going on in Kerala for a long time. Babu Janardanan’s ‘God for sale’ is created from a story like this. This is his third attempt in direction. His previous movies were ‘Lisammayute Veetu’ and ‘Bombay March12’. Kunchacko Boban definitelly has the glamour of Sree Ravisankar and Santhosh Madhavan. So naturally the choice of ‘Godman’ fell on him.
The movie tells the story of how a commoner became Swami Poornananda. A simpleton Kunchacko Boban, after taking his law degree marries Anu forgetting his childhood friend Vimala. Later he leaves his marital life and turns a Godman. This is how the story goes. Kunchacko Boban’s is not a challenging role as such. Anu Mol acts as the wife and the newcomer Jyothi Krishna as the fiancée of Kunchacko Boban. The difference of accents in Atingal and Trivandrum is highlighted in this movie. This has another distinction to its credit being the last picture of the veteran actor Tilakan. Another plus point is the serious role handled by Suraj Venjaramood.
As indicated by the name, it’s not a satire about Godmen. An individual without any principle or political outlook gradually turns a Godman. Just like anyone else becomes an RSS or SFI worker, the hero here becomes a Godman. That’s all. Only those Godmen caught in the raids of 2008 get ridiculed in the movie. It can also claim the credit for using the real names of political parties and presenting an RSS worker as the hero’. Just like the hero, the director also doesn’t have any political stand.
‘God for sale – Bhakti Prastaanam’ could have been made even better. But the director could succeed only to a certain extent. Compared to his previous movies this doesn’t reach even nearby them. The not-so-good script also was responsible for this. It’s better not to see this movie rather than having a feeling that this need not have been seen at all.