The Ship of Theseus is a try to create an opinion, raise a platform for debate, or simply narrate a story. It’s a combination of three separate stories and three different voices despite their diversity speak in unison as they address the topic of organ donation. A blind photographer; an idealistic monk refusing treatment for liver cirrhosis; a stockbroker who seems to evaluate the world in profit-and-loss margins, and has just undergone a kidney transplant. 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.
Hats off to Aanand Gandhi for the excellent piece of direction. Cinematography is out standing. And of course performances and screenplay is brilliant! It’s master piece of Art! A true piece of art in its purest form. A rarest movie of Indian cinema.
Aaliya Kamal (Aida El-Kashef) is a visually impaired and celebrated photographer in the process of undergoing a cornea transplant that will restore her vision. Though the surgery is a success and Aaliya’s vision is restored, she has trouble adjusting to her newfound sense of sight and is dissatisfied with her resulting photography.
Maitreya (Neeraj Kabi), an erudite monk, is part of a petition to ban animal testing in India. When he is diagnosed with liver cirrhosis, his reluctance towards medication is questioned and he must now depend on the people he’s been fighting against – a path he refuses to take.
A very young stockbroker, Navin (Sohum Shah), has just had his kidney transplanted. He soon learns of a case of kidney tourism involving an impoverished bricklayer, Shankar. His initial fear is that his new kidney originally belonged to this man. Further investigation proves otherwise, but Navin takes matters into his own hands and confronts the actual recipient in Stockholm.
Ship of Theseus is an excellent movie. A master piece of Art! It’s a must must watch for all art lover. People who are not related to art might not like the movie. But being an art lover myself, i would give undoubted 5 stars out of 5 to the Ship of Theseus!