Anand Gandhi has had no filmmaking experience. In fact, he has in credit some Indian soap operas, and the sappiest ones. This is one of the primary reasons why I can't believe he has directed 'Ship of Theseus', a resonance making and relevant film which has no dearth of writing and emotions.
The title of the film alludes to Theseus’ paradox, most notably recorded in "Life of Theseus", wherein the Greek historian and philosopher Plutarch inquires whether a ship that has been restored by replacing all its parts remains the same ship.
The film follows three narratives: those of a photographer, a stockbroker and a monk, all on a journey of the depth which is called life. Never is the strength of the film based on its universal appeal, but that it caters to the eyes and mind at the same point of time is what makes it an effective, complete and questioning watch. The film, like its characters, has multiple identities, multiple sights and visions, and it celebrates why cinemas exist and when cinemas come to existence. The film itself embodies existence as an identity, which is always reflected in its thorough meanings which are subjective to the storytelling.
The film is, over all, a rich, satisfying experience. In my career as a critic, never have I seen a movie as full-bodied as Ship of Theseus. It is the grandeur of vision. Cinematographer Pankaj Kumar, filmmaker Gandhi and the Greek philosopher Plutarch himself are to be thanked. I am going with 5 out of 5 for 'ship of Theseus'. It is an entertaining film, a perfect watch.
There are few movies around, for which you wish someone just read your mind and heart and understand what you felt like while watching them. Ship of Theseus is one such movie. I am writing this review after six months of watching it. I could not find right words to describe my experience at that time and even now I am struggling because this movie is just so original, magical, enlightening and in one word one hell good gem of cinema. Ship of Theseus leaves you with spellbinding effect with its visuals, characterization, dialogs, narrative, subtext and everything we know cinema for. Characters speak when they are supposed to be silent and go in silence when you expect them to argue but both times you are left with lots of food for thought. There are three distinct stories revolving around one common subject only joined in one absolutely surprising climax scene. All I can say that this one leaves a lasting impression on you, compel you to change your view about this world and help you to appreciate the gift called life.