If all the parts of the body are replaced, will it be the same body? This is the basic philosophy on which three different stories are told in The Ship Of Theseus. Anand Gandhi touches the fundamentalism and dualities of life, presenting the subject of extreme cases like a blind photographer, a saint who is against the consumption of animal-tested medicines and a stockbroker who has been operated on his kidneys. They all are rooted to explore similar ambitions in life. Loaded with heavy vocabularies, at some point the dialogues seem unreal but cut through your mind to assemble the thoughts piece by piece. Set in Mumbai, the ethos in each story is detailed minutely along with some breathtaking visuals captured on digital camera by Pankaj Kumar. Though with some lengthy scenes, this film engages you till the end.
This brilliant debut by Gandhi received a standing ovation at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival.
Film: The Ship of Theseus
Director: Anand Gandhi
Synopsis: Celebrated for her intuitive skills, a blind photographer loses her genius after a cornea transplant gives her back her sight. She must deal with the loss of her unique art, while she learns to deal with the new world around her. A strict non-violent monk is forced to make a choice between death and medicine – drugs that are either derived from, or tested on animals. As the ends draw near, he begins to question all the ideas that he has taken for granted. A young stock broker is nursing his grandmother in a hospital, when he finds out that the patient next door has had his kidney stolen. This sends him on the trail of a kidney tourism racket.
-Anup Jatashankar Pandey
(Thadomal Shahani Engineering College)