What is life, what is soul, who are we and what are we here for? And many such questions bubble above my skull after I walked out from the theatre. I don’t really remember when was the last time I had this feeling! I was left numb and it took a while for me to stop thinking about the movie, That's what “Ship of Theseus” will do to you.
Theseus's paradox, is a Greek paradox that raises the question of whether an object which has had all its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object. I do not want to detail out on the metaphor because it is for you to draw and see what it really means and what inspiration will you draw out of it but yes you have to be prepared to handle the various things that it will trigger off inside your head, heart and bones.
Written and directed by Anand Gandhi, man who wrote dialogue for first 82 episodes for historic TV soap “Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi” and also the screen play for “Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki”. Ironically what a contrasting work he has presented us this time where he brings out different interpretation about self identity, justice, beauty, purpose of life and death through characters drawn deep.
Starring Aida El-Kashef, Neeraj Kabi and Sohum Shah on the leads. Egyptian filmmaker Aida El-Kashef who had associated with Gandhi in previous short films `Continuum’ and `Rhapsody in Autumn’. She convinces and delivers beautifully.
Mumbai-based theatre actor and director Neeraj Kabi, brings you to shivers as you witness him on screen. I can’t elaborate in words brilliance of his performance not to forget Kabi lost close to 17 kilos over four months.
Sohum Shah’s natural performance is commendable, which translates what was meant and imagined giving us a sense of importance to self and life.
Director of photography, Pankaj Kumar puts his best of creativity by a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV yet no one can challenge the visual originality, simply stunning. Music remains hidden behind the story in a powerful euphoria.
It draws you inside, much deeper without even realizing how deep you have been drawn. There was a moment when entire theatre was quietly drawn into the Gandhi’s strong narration; even a sound of chips or popcorn crunch would obstruct the chain of emotions getting evoked.
We have seen many movies but this is not what anybody can imagine what story can do to you. It provokes you, compels you to think the most imperative matter. Gandhi is a winner, a inspirer and a great visualise who has successfully manage to put all together and get us all on-board in his ship of Theseus Its simple, all you got to do is let it inside you.
I am glad that I made it, I have never been this happy after watching a film, you can’t miss this one, you should not miss! Worth by all means this is my first 5/5 ***** rating . Go get stunned and solve your own Theseus.