Egyptian actor Aida Elkashef is set to make her debut in an Indian movie as an actress in director Anand Gandhi’s next, Theseus' Ship."I met Aida at the Berlin Film Festival where she had come to showcase one of her movies," said Gandhi who is currently in Mumbai, shooting the first leg of the movie, his first feature film.
"She is just 21 and the daughter of a respected filmmaker from Egypt. She has made a couple of short films and is also an amazing actor," Gandhi said.Gandhi, who earned acclaim for his short films, Right Here Right Now (2003) and Continuum (2006), says he had initially written Aida's part for an Indian actress but failed to find the right face for it.
"Her role wasn't planned. She had come to India after we met in Berlin and started helping us out in auditioning male actors so that we could cast one of them opposite the character of a female photographer," he said."During the screen test, we saw how excellently she was performing the lines of the photographer. It was then that we decided to rewrite the part for an Egyptian girl rather than an Indian one," he added.
For Theseus' Ship, which is a multi-lingual film primarily in English with parts in Arabic, Hindi, Gujarati and Swedish, Gandhi has also cast Soham, who made his debut with Baabarr in 2009.
"I had not seen Soham's mainstream film when he auditioned for my film but with whatever I have shot with him, I can say he is a very different and amazing actor. He plays a stockbroker in my project," he said.Theseus' Ship weaves four tracks together. These include a story of an intuitive blind photographer, a monk's ethics put to test, an obsessive compulsive clockmaker with an ailing heart, and a young stockbroker who gets caught up in the stolen kidney racket. The narrative will travel to Cairo, Stockholm and Mumbai.