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August 8th, 2014
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Ship of Theseus
Watched Anand Gandhi's Ship of Theseus recently, and I think it is a remarkable achievement of Indian Cinema of recent times.

The film begins with statements referring to the Theseus' paradox, hinting at the philosophical nature of the theme of the film. Then starts the first segment, which is wonderfully acted by Egyptian artist Aida Al-Khashef. Aida acts as Aaliya, a strongly independent girl who has taken into Photography after she became blind. She is quick to shut down any references trying to distinguish her based on her inability (which reminded me of a thought-provoking speech I recently attended at Mitra Jyothi, where the speaker talked about the hollowness in patronizing the blind people as "specially able", "differently able", etc.), and it was amazing to see Aida living in that role by even the minutest expressions of eyes and body language.

The second segment is about a Jain monk, who runs a petition in court against the handling of animals at medical testing centers in India. He comes to know of his liver disease, but refuses to take medication as he doesn't approve of medicines from pharmaceutical companies that test their products on animals. The underlying philosophical theme of the movie is most explicitly discussed in this segment, which has a lot of dense conversations in it, however the segment never looks too verbal or dull even for a moment, thanks to several wonderfully composed visuals and background music, and overall execution of the script.

The last segment is about a stock broker, whose search for the whereabouts of the person who had donated a kidney to him, leads into revelations about an organ theft racket, and eventually changes his attitude towards Life, and transforms him.

Ship of Theseus is unlike any other Indian film that I have seen before, and it deserves multiple viewings.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 9th, 2014 02:45 pm (UTC)

Hi

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Seems like a wonderful narrative !! I noticed your usage of the word "segment" in the review. Is it like a book chapter or like "interval". Is this an open source movie ?

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-srinath
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From:ratheesh
Date:August 9th, 2014 03:28 pm (UTC)

Re: Hi

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The film has three "stories" (if we can call them so), and the key characters of these three stories come together at the end of the movie. The transitions between these stories happen a little abruptly, and there is nothing sort of "interval" or even titles between them.
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