Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ship of Theseus

The film, written and directed by Anand Gandhi and produced by none other than Kiran Rao, is

one of the most picturesque films of our times. Three seemingly independent stories come together so naturally as pieces of a puzzle and bring out larger, more meaningful picture. A girl who takes up photography on losing her eyesight, a monk who prefers to take death on to taking medicines that are manufactured after torturous experiments on helpless animals and a Marwari trader whose life changes after a kidney transplant: all the stories are intertwined to form a beautiful confluence.

On watching simply the first few shots of the film, one starts wondering why films are so often inundated with mind boggling effects when simplicity can do marvels. At this very moment, the character starts reflecting the viewer’s thoughts. The overwhelming flood of colours seems to perturb the charm of its absence and the mere chase of capturing the essence of something seems to kill the moment itself. 

The actors, lead or supporting, look as if they have been guilelessly picked from their real lives and placed in the reel. No complicated dialogues but quick repartees is what makes them so convincing in their roles. But if there are some performances that linger on the mind of the viewer even hours and days after watching the film, they are those of Aida El-Kashef and Neeraj Kabi, who play the blind photographer and the monk respectively.

Watching this film is like viewing a series of photographers clicked by a really good photographer, each frame so carefully crafted! Light, camera angle, colour balance, subject focus and the portrayal of photography as a theme, Kudos for everything, Pankaj Kumar! 

In addition to being a cinematical masterpiece, Ship of Theseus also gives an explicit message and the spectator is forced to put his thinking hat on before leaving his seat.
A must watch inspite of the ridiculously high ticket rates!