14 May, 2021

Ship Of Theseus

It reaches out to the heart as well as the mind. Not the kind of film you see very often.

Ship Of Theseus

Starring: Aida El-Kashef, Neeraj Kabi, Sohum Shah, Vinay Shukla
Directed by Anand Gandhi
Rating: ****

There is a lingering image at the start of Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus, of a hand touching surfaces to see and grasp them. It captures the uniquely tactile quality that lies embedded in the film. SOT renders its protagonists’ dilemmas tangible. There’s the blind photographer who captures her images by hearing them. You go on her journey with her: int­rospecting, experiencing her doubts, claustrophobia and the urge to esc­ape the patronising world. You can emp­athise with her when she gets lost, metaphorically of course, on gaining vision. Then there is the good-humoured, quick-witted monk who is torn between his commitment to the battle against animal testing and his own life that’s ebbing out. Is his deliberate...

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