Ship Of Theseus - In Brief
A gifted female photographer, a devout monk and a money-minded stock broker, acquire a new lease of life owing to organ transplants. The film, directed by debutante Anand Gandhi, has been screened at the Toronto International Film Festival 2012. It was also screened at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival under the 'International Competition' section. Shivom Oza reviews this film.
Ship Of Theseus - Verdict
The film is a must-watch, not just for its 'intellectual' content or its technical finesse, but the relevance of its subject too. It raises quite a few questions on topics as diverse as – Religion, Culture, Morality, Righteousness, Social activism, the works. Director Anand Gandhi has accumulated great performances, breathtaking visuals, splendid dialogues, 'real' locations and more importantly, a fantastic subject, in one film. And this is no mean feat.
Ship Of Theseus - Short Plot
The film is divided into three stories. The first one is about a gifted photographer, Aliya (Aida El Kashef). She captures terrific visuals with her camera and can work wonders with her snaps during the editing. Rarely is she ever dissatisfied with what she's clicked. Aliya's considered an extremely special talent, not only because she is a great visualizer. Her gift lies in the fact that despite being blind, she is able to eke out a good picture purely on her sense of hearing and touch. Although blindness isn't a major handicap for her as far as photography goes, she gets a cornea transplant done anyway. Having gotten her vision back, it could be assumed that she gets even better at photography than before. However, she doesn't.
The second story is about a devout Hindu monk, Maitreya (Neeraj Kabi). He is known for championing the cause of animal rights and has been fighting a case against scientific laboratories for conducting product tests on their animals. Although he is in agreement with the fact that animals have to be butchered in order to conduct these tests/ manufacture a product, he is against their ill-treatment prior to their slaughter.