An ode to ‘Ship of Theseus’
9 June, 2014
‘Ship of Theseus’ isn’t a movie. It’s a visual poetry. It’s a flowing philosophy. Heck, it’s your inner voice. It’s a kind of experience which you stumble upon perhaps once in a lifetime. An experience that changes the way you perceive the world around you and makes you ponder over questions left unanswered.
I used to quote actor Naseeruddin Shah by saying, ‘Films can never change the world. All it can change is the hairstyle’. Director Anand Gandhi proves Mr. Shah wrong, for ‘Ship of Theseus’ compels one to think, rethink and reaffirm his belief in the power of cinema. While the Kashyaps, Nairs, Bannerjees and Motwanes were musing on it, this man and his team just did it – revolutionize Indian cinema.
A single description of a particular scene would be a spoiler. A single potion of its hidden nuggets will be a blatant give-away. A review would be an unforgivable sin. A rating will be criminal.
So here’s an ode to ‘Ship of Theseus’:
When blind eyes are healed, and sight is restored,
Does the viewfinder remain the same?
When norms are questioned, and rules are doubted,
Does the faith remain the same?
When values are decayed, and compassion is ignored,
Does the wealth remain the same?
When organs are transplanted, and parts are changed,
Does the human remain the same?
When sails are changed, and oars are replaced,
Does the ship remain the same?
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