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Ship of Theseus (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 19 July 2013 (India)
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The film explores questions of identity, justice, beauty, meaning and death through an experimental photographer, an ailing monk and a young stockbroker.

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Anand Gandhi

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aida Elkashef ... Aliya (as Aida El-Kashef)
Yogesh Shah Yogesh Shah ... Doctor (as Dr. Yogesh Shah)
Faraz Khan ... Vinay
Hannan Youssef Hannan Youssef ... Aliya's mother
Narendra Shah Narendra Shah ... 'Uncle'
Chitra Shah Chitra Shah ... Lady in the house
Manan Shah Manan Shah ... Kid in the house
Aishwarya Aishwarya ... Girl with the blindfold
Balaji Janardhan Balaji Janardhan ... Blind & deaf people at the gallery
Abbas K. Abbas K. ... Blind & deaf people at the gallery
Bharat Pardesi Bharat Pardesi ... Blind & deaf people at the gallery
Pradeep Sinha Pradeep Sinha ... Blind & deaf people at the gallery
Akhtar Bhale Akhtar Bhale ... Blind & deaf people at the gallery
Sidharth Meer Sidharth Meer ... Art enthusiast 1
Bonnie Chenevier Bonnie Chenevier ... Art enthusiast 2
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If the parts of a ship are replaced, bit-by-bit, is it still the same ship? A celebrated experimental photographer struggles with the loss of her intuitive genius as an unexpected aftermath of a physical change; an intellectual monk confronting a complex ethical dilemma with a long held ideology, has to choose between principle and death; and a young stockbroker, following the trail of a stolen kidney, learns how intricate morality could be. These disparate characters manifest philosophical dilemmas in their personal lives, but their narratives converge to reveal an even larger fabric of connections, meaning, beauty, existence and death in a delicately poetic finale. Written by Recyclewala

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How do you know where you end and where your environment begins?

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19 July 2013 (India) See more »

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Thészeusz hajója See more »

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Himachal Pradesh, India See more »

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INR 12,000,000 (estimated)
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Egyptian filmmaker Aida Elkashef was originally meant to just assist Anand Gandhi with casting, but after seeing her read lines during an audition Gandhi cast her as Aaliya. See more »

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Sheer delight to watch. A world cinema masterpiece, almost!
23 July 2013 | by dreamworkersSee all my reviews

Ship of Theseus is a movie which we need but didn't really deserve right now. A lot of things have already been said about it, so with the risk of sounding repetitive, however I'll try not to be so, here are some of my thoughts: 1. To begin with, Anand Gandhi has made an utterly brilliant movie. The honesty, genuineness, and intent of the director is clear from the word go which is a sheer pleasure to see in an Indian filmmaker.

2. Three stories - totally different to each others in terms of mood and narration, yet so well transitioned that you don't even notice it. Two thumbs up for the screenplay and editing.

3. Utterly brilliant cinematography, a visual delight which mesmerizes you and grips you with every scene and its details that is on the screen. After I exited the theater, I couldn't believe I watched an Indian movie looking so beautiful. In fact, I can go on and on about the imagery. Well done! 4. Superb dialogues (and the use of no dialogues) - At times, zen, and other times, so passionate that you feel like talking to your alter ego, just like, the conversations in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Even the humorous and satirical parts don't make you feel like they are used as punches, except a couple times maybe.

5. Acting - Top notch by the all three protagonists. Relatively good performance by the other actors as well. But the three main actors are so good you long to see more of them. And the sympathies and your connections with them find their peaks in the penultimate scene.

6. Only thing where I felt I had issue is that some scenes and conversations were finished in a hurry. While one talk about something so powerful in detail, it should be a complete conversation, whereas, at times, it appears a lot of important things were skipped (esp. in story #2). Though I didn't find too many things wrong with the conversations in story 2 and narrations in story 2 and 3, it looked to me that something was amiss, they could have talked a little more, and so on. The movie could have been even more powerful, given the premise and ideas it began with. Actually, the idea is itself so big and extensive that any less would feel like incomplete. Such as, writing about this movie in 140 characters. But I guess I shouldn't complain as it's a movie where it's very difficult to have such kind of narration as well as a speech as long as that of John Galt. Anyways, I am more than glad that such things were talked about in a movie made in India.

Bravo, Anand Gandhi and the team! I stood and clapped for you all when the movie ended in the theater.


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