I was searching for Courtroom based movies and that’s when I came across this movie ” The Case for Christ“. The story revolves around Lee Strobel , an arrogant journalist and a staunch atheist and his wife who also shares his same perspective. One day when they were having a dinner in a restaurant their daughter nearly gets choked to death. She gets saved by a nurse who was incidentally present in the same restaurant. The nurse, tells the couple that she had a sense that she needed to have dinner at that restaurant that night. It wasn’t luck or coincidence she was there, but Jesus’ plan so that their daughter is rescued. Although Lee laughs it off, his wife starts believing in God and starts attending church. This irritates Lee and what follows after is Lee’s attempts to prove his wife wrong.
Lee seriously starts investigating to prove that the resurrection of Jesus Christ never happened.But the facts that Lee Strobel uncovers lead him toward an outcome altogether different than the one he expected to reach.
This movie made me remember a classic movie in malayalam , Paithrakam (meaning Heredity) , which had a similar story line. The movie was much more intense and was based on clash of ideologies between a father and his son. The character of father (Devadathan Chemmathiripadu) was donned by Narendra Prasad and the son (Somadattan) was played by Suresh Gopi. Devadathan was a priest but his son Somadattan was an atheist. A glimpse of the climax probably will give you a flavor of the intensity in the movie.
As the village was suffering from heavy drought, the villagers request Devadathan to perform a yaga called Athirathram to please Lord Indra to get rain . Somadathan ridicules his father and says that yaga is nonsense and challenges his father that if it doesn’t rain after the yaga is he ready to become a atheist. Devadathan accepts the challenge. In a fascinating climax as the ceremony goes along across twelve days; there is no sign of rain and the atheists continue to protest. But on the final day the clouds gathers from nowhere and it rains incessantly . Somadathan is stunned and he accepts defeat. Devadathan lost in the intensity of his prayers, meditates and sacrifices his life. The movie ends showing Somadathan as the new priest and continuing the Vedic traditions for which his father gave up his life. I would recommend to watch this movie
I heard some one saying that even not believing in god is also a kind of belief, a faith. It need not be facts always , sometimes feelings can also be a fact.