(Please note that the original movie had Akshay Kumar playing Lord Shiva, but the censored theatrical version consists of him playing a messenger of Lord Shiva. This plot summary is written in the censored release’s context, treating Akshay’s character as a messenger.)
Kanti Sharan Mudgal is a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva, who owns a shop outside the temple. He finds a stranger’s bag and keeps it to return later. One day, Kanti is called to the hospital. His son Vivek was up all night masturbating continuously until he fainted, and consumed multiple Viagra tablets. Vivek’s friend explains that Vivek was bullied about the size of his penis and was told that masturbating will increase it. The biology teacher at school refused to answer Vivek’s questions, which led Vivek to shady people and drugs.
Kanti is told by the school chairman that there’s a video going around of Vivek masturbating in the school washroom. As this is affecting the school’s image, Vivek is rusticated on grounds of obscenity. Kanti’s friend, Pandey Ji, a rich priest, advises him to leave town.
The video reaches Kanti’s wife and daughter and their entire neighborhood. They start getting shamed by society. Devastated, Kanti prays to Lord Shiva for help. A messenger sent by Lord Shiva arrives.
After a police complaint against Vivek for trying to murder his bully, the messenger meets Vivek and Kanti at the police station, saying he’s there to lodge a complaint of his missing bag, where he comforts Kanti and Vivek.
Vivek tries to commit suicide twice but is saved by the messenger. He meets Kanti as they’re about to leave town, and tells him that his son did nothing wrong and that not everything done in privacy is wrong or obscene. It is the school’s fault for not educating him properly and Kanti’s fault for not teaching him properly. He advises Kanti to file a case against the school and the medical practitioners.
Kanti files a case against the school, the chemists, the doctor, and himself. He holds the point in court that the Sanatan Dharma was always inclusive of conversations on sex. He also shows the intimate human art carvings of Ellora, Ajanta, and Khajuraho temples, and gets his case accepted. Pandey Ji asks Kanti to leave his given house and shop as this case will tarnish their image.
The opposition lawyer, Kamini Maheshwari, says Kanti is doing all this to cover up his son’s vulgar act. Kanti argues that if the school had included sex education in their courses, his son wouldn’t have been so misinformed. The messenger often visits to give Kanti advice on how to continue the case.
Kamini calls a sex worker to court, whose son studies in the same school, to prove a point that the school is inclusive. In the next hearing, Kanti asks the prostitute if she ever enjoys her work, to which she says that those men don’t know anything about a woman’s body and how to treat it with respect. Kanti says that if the schools taught sex education to young boys, they’d know how to respect a woman’s body. Kanti bows down to the prostitute, calling her a brave mother and teacher.
As the case continues, Kanti points out issues in pornography, rape, drugs, and the importance of sex education. He’s offered money by the school chairman for taking his case back. Kanti falls into the emotional trap of his son’s future and signs the cheque. He gets into an accident and dies. He is visited by the messenger, who criticises his decision, and reveals himself to be sent by Lord Shiva himself. He shows Kanti that his efforts have come to light as Pandey Ji’s granddaughter reveals to her family the sexual abuse she’s been going through, thanks to Kanti’s case on TV. Kanti realises his mistake and is reincarnated.
At the hearing, Vivek arrives for the first time and proves through his research that the Britishers ruined India’s education system, which was actually inclusive of sex education in the ancient times. Teens from the crowd come forward saying they masturbate too and it’s not a sin, including the Judge’s own son. Kanti wins the case as the education board is ordered to make sex education compulsory and payment be given to Kanti.
Kanti introduces his family to the messenger as a doctor. He offers the money in the messenger’s hands instead of the temple. The messenger asks Vivek to keep the lost bag with him, with the cultural and religious books inside it. He then says that he has another patient to attend to, and drives away, leaving a happy Kanti behind.
Written by: Amit Rai
Produced by: Aruna Bhatia, Vipul D. Shah, Rajesh Bahl, Ashwin Varde
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Pankaj Tripathi,Yami Gautam Dhar,
Cinematography: Amalendu Chaudhary,
Edited by: Suvir Nath
Music by: Vikram Montrose, Hansraj Raghuwanshi, Djstrings, Pranaay,
Production: Cape of Good Films, Viacom18 Studios,Wakaoo Films,
Distributed by: Viacom18 Studios
Release date: 11 August 2023