The film revolves around how the lives of married couple K Krishna Kumar and his wife Nirmala go for a toss, after lord almighty enters their house.
Through the everyday banter of K Kumar and his wife, Daivame Kaithozham K Kumarakanam talks about gender roles and the need for discussing and understanding the dimensions of both sexes.
The film starts with lord almighty and his loyal assistant Mayaduttan setting off on a journey to Earth, and while trying to zero in on a place to stay during their sojourn, the duo decide that K Kumar is the apt person for that. The reason they attribute to it is that he is one person, who does not keep nagging god through his prayers unlike the zillions from the rest of the world.
However, as soon they land in the world of the mortals, the divine entities are exposed to the idiosyncratic ways of human beings and the current scenario, one such instance being the hartal and a majority of residents in Kerala being 'Bengalis', thereby throwing light on the frivolous and bizarre.
Delving deep into K Krishna Kumar's life, God sees that having his wife serve him everything on a platter, he has indeed become a loafer, and Nirmala in turn literally works like a dog from dawn to dusk. Her constant rantings about the drudgery throws light on the umpteen homemakers, who fail to get a breathing space throughout the day.
During one of their regular arguments about who has more grandeur -a man or a woman, and the perennial conditioning of the society about the submissive role that a woman or a wife is expected to perform, they end up challenging each other to go for a role reversal. While God intermittently hints at a greater threat that is ought to arise in future because of this action, both of them conveniently sideline his advice for caution and move on with their bet with his permission.
What starts as an interesting task later becomes a baggage, and Krishna Kumar and Nirmala decide to negotiate with God about the same. God negates their request and claims that Krishna Kumar will have to pay a heavy price by literally living a woman's life and experiencing those painful experiences she is subjected to, including a labour pain. This leads to a lot of unusual situations, which trigger laughter. How the couple come out of the conundrum forms the rest of the story.
That said, there are spurts of gender education about how there is no such job as a male job or one that pertains to only women, and why it is completely legit that a man shares the unidentified domestic work with his counterpart. The constant leg pulling and satirical remarks of the characters from the word go becomes a reflection of how trivial human beings, who are considered God's best creation till date, can be.
Daivame Kaithozham K Kumarakanam brings back the genius of actor Jayaram, who can ace comical sequences as well as emotional scenes. Anusree gives full justice to Nirmala's characterfifine, and their performance together is matched to perfection.
Nedumudi Venu exudes grace as God, and in that regard, it prompts one to draw a parallel between him and the Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman, who also played the Alpha and the Omega in the film Bruce Almighty. Pradeep Kottayam as the ideal sidekick captures hearts with his endearing character and also tickles the funny bones of the audience through his witty yet sarcastic comments. Surabhi Lakshmi plays the role of the nagging Betty Kandankoran, who is coordinating the village and temple activities.
Salim Kumar also brings his comedy brigade through the performances of actors such as Indrans, Harisree Asokan and a few other character roles, which completes the narrative.
The film takes a jibe at an array of things in society such as people conveniently turning the city into a dumpyard, the culture of panel discussions and breaking news on TV and the like, among a few others.
Beautifully woven with comedy, the narrative brings to the fore how women have been digging their own grave by treating them like a king, rather than an equal, and also asserts that handing a broom to a man can never be looked down upon. Through God comes an epiphany, as he says that instead of being a man hater or a woman oppressor, what is required is basic compassion between both genders.
The locales take you through the surreal side of naadu, and make you fall in love with it all over again.
Coming from the magic hat of comedian Salim Kumar, it is no wonder that the film is packed with humour. However, he ensures that it is not limited to a slapstick comedy and emphasises the need for an empathetic attitude towards women and the countless number of jobs they do on domestic front.