To believe or not to…is the question that director Lal Jose appears to ask in Nalpathoyonnu /41. God is omnipresent in almost every Indian’s life, no matter the extent of their faith. Rationality and atheism have been prevalent in our discourse through centuries, but the multitudes still love to stake their bets on the supreme power rather than be sorry later. Questioning the existence of god is not a laughing matter in India, especially in the current political climate.
A few like director Bala and Kamal Hassan, who are avowed atheists, have shown the guts to question religious practices and faith in some of their movies. When Lal Jose, a man of faith, makes a film on this debate, he cannot be totally objective. And to be fair, he is free to choose and express his side.
Left parties are generally considered the flag-bearers of atheism. Karl Marx had said that “religion is the opium of people”. Kannur is the hot-bed of Communism and the roots of revolution go deep in that soil. Though the party line on faith has changed significantly over the years, members are still obliged to follow the ideals of rationalism and atheism.