The trailer of Indra Kumar’s religious satire Thank God was bound to raise some hackles. It showed Chitragupta who is the God of morality , quizzing earthling Siddharth Malhotra on his conduct as he awaits his place in heaven.
Sure enough, a petitioner from Uttar Pradesh Himanshu Srivastava has filed a case against director Indra Kumar and actors Ajay Devgan and Siddharth Malhotra for hurting religious sentiments.
One wonders why anyone would dare to attempt a religious satire in these sensitive times. Anybody could tell director Indra Kumar that religious satires were cancelled after Umesh Shukla’s Oh My God in 2013 got itself into trouble .
There was a time when audiences could actually laugh at the antics of Yamaraj in T Rama Rao’s Lok Parlok. That was in 1979.
Try pulling the same stunt today and you are finished.