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Ship Of Theseus: not the Bollywood potboiler

Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 19, 2013
First Published: 13:29 IST(19/7/2013) | Last Updated: 16:12 IST(19/7/2013)

The film was initially only set to release in major cities, the makers ran a social media contest asking other cities to cast a vote to bring the movie to a theatre close to them.

Film: Ship Of Theseus
Cast: Sohum Shah (last seen in Baabarr; 2009), Aida El-Kashef (film debut), Neeraj Kabi (film debut), Vinay Shukla (last seen in Maqbool; 2003) and Vipul Binjoli (film debut), among others.

Storyline: Ship Of Theseus "is a paradox that raises the question of whether an object that has had all its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object". The film explores this philosophy through three stories of organ transplantation - one of a blind photographer, an ailing monk and a stock broker on a mission. 

Director
Anand Gandhi (Film debut)He has written various plays and the dialogue for the TV show, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, before directing two short films - Right Here, Right Now (2003) and Continuum (2006). 

Background score
Naren Chandavarkar and Benedict Taylor

Controversies/stunts
Since the film was initially only set to release in major cities, the makers ran a social media contest asking other cities to cast a vote to bring the movie to a theatre close to them. The makers would then release the film in the city that casts the maximum number of votes.

Marketing/hype
Kiran Rao has taken an oath to promote this film more than she probably marketed her debut movie. The filmmaker has bombarded the media, talking about this film, ever since she came on board to "present" it, on Anand's behest. Her association, as a result, has granted the film some of actor-husband Aamir Khan's blessings and his audience's attention too.
 
Our assessment
Those going in expecting a potboiler should probably brace themselves. However, if some serious philosophical introspection is what you like with your weekly dose of entertainment, you might find yourself in the right place.

Compiled by Serena Menon

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