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Ship of Theseus Review

Ship of Theseus  Rating: 3.89/5

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Ship of Theseus Movie Review

Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN (IBNLive)
Ship of Theseus, written and directed by Anand Gandhi, requires patience, an open mind, and a willingness to think. It’s not enough to merely sit there in your seat and ‘watch’ the film, but to listen attentively to its characters and consider their arguments. If you’re willing to make that investment, you’ll be rewarded with a richly emotional, intellectual, and sensory experience. Languidly paced and lushly filmed, Gandhi gives us a fine supporting cast too, that occasionally infuses humor in a film that otherwise stings from its brutal honesty.I’m going with four and a half out of five for Ship of Theseus. It stimulates the one organ that popular Hindi cinema consistently ignores – the brain! Give it a chance and prepare to be dazzled.
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Ratings:-- Review By: Dibakar Banerjee Site:Mumbai Mirror
Thanks to a tenacious director, an inspired producer and a forward thinking studio, Ship of Theseus will escape both these fates. It cannot be ignored and it cannot be given inane praise and forgotten. To those who want to experience a vision - that elusive thing every film claims to have but few exhibit - SOT will be water after a long walk in the desert.I will see Ship of Theseus many times in my life. To most, I would advise to watch at least twice. Once, to enjoy it. Then once more to cherish it.
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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Madureeta Mukherjee Site:Times Of India (TOI)
The film refers to an ancient paradox in which the Athenians replaced each rotting plank in the ship of Theseus until none of the original planks were left. It sparked an intellectually stimulating debate: Does it still remain fundamentally the same ship? Gandhi's ruminative subject, catering to art-house cinema lovers , is deeply layered and beautifully intricate. He doesn't compromise artistic depth for commerce, even for a moment, though the story-telling is not without flaws. The pace is exhaustingly slow and scenes monotonously long. There's a light moment in the film where the monk is asked, "If you are celibate, why this intellectual masturbation?" Well, watch this if you are ready for some soul-searching that ends with an intellectual orgasm
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Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
An Indian film, made by a first-time filmmaker who started off writing syrupy saas-bahu serials, called The Ship Of Theseus? But my fears were unfounded. The Ship Of Theseus is neither pretentious nor precious. It is by far the most original, the most poignantly realised, the most thought-provoking film that I have seen in longer than I care to remember. So, was it the same ship, or not? Or is it a tentative maybe? I will leave you to decide, after you've seen this most unusual, most stirring film. For me it was a fulfilling experience, a film to savour much after watching it.
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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Khalid Mohammed Site:Deccan Chronicle
Without contriving a thread to sew the triptych together, Anand Gandhi invites the viewer to share his take on humanitarian values, and especially on social responsibility. In addition, the director displays a sensitive feel for the cityscape (particularly the haphazard architecture) and for the smallness most people feel when they measure themselves against its vastness (note a beautiful shot of monks on the sea rocks facing the Worli-Bandra sea link). As importantly, the director avoids manipulative technique and smarter-than-thou script surprises. Forget all the artsy-tartsy prejudices about Ship of Theseus. Here are three stories well told, signifying independent cinema’s coming of age.
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Ratings:-- Review By: Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff
It feels like forever since a film, made in India, struck such a stimulating chord. Ship of Theseus is that rare sensory experience, which reaches out with its sublime sights, surreal sound and spiritual scent. There's no filtering to differentiate one story from the other except the shift of seasons -- winter, monsoon and summer and changing geography -- dingy lanes and cozy neighbourhood of Mumbai, majestic vistas of Himachal Pradesh and the stunning but secluded spots of Stockholm even as the soft-pedalled score lends in a mild, meditative ambiance.Ship of Theseus is a sign of evolution in filmmaking, a work of art. I cannot award such artistry with mere stars. I can only hope it's a precedent not an exception and wish you go and watch it.
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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site:NDTV
Written and directed by debutant Anand Gandhi, Ship Of Theseus is at once introspective, provocative and intriguing. It is as assured a first film as any that we might have seen in the history of Indian cinema.In fact, Ship Of Theseus is so universal in scope and appeal that the human, artistic and ethical issues it raises would be valid anywhere in the world. The film draws its strength primarily from its sheer originality. It has a pace and rhythm that draws the audience into its world without much apparent effort.Doubtless, Ship Of Theseus is an extraordinary achievement. To miss it would be tantamount to missing one of the finest Indian films of recent times.
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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Sarit Ray Site:Hindustan Times
It is, no doubt, an intellectual exercise, the sort festival films often indulge in. Yet, the narrative is lucid, and the stories are simple and deeply moving. Yet the film truly impresses, as much for its assured direction as for its ability to make you think. Ship of Theseus is perhaps too far removed from the Bollywood mainstream to make a splash at the box office. Yet, hopefully, when its young, talented crew goes on to other ships (with star casts and bigger budgets), it’ll take a bit of Theseus with them
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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Tushar Joshi Site:DNA
Despite its ambiguous sound and allegorical references, The Ship of Theseus is an exercise in trying to create opinion, raise a platform for debate, or simply narrate a story. Like the ship itself, the film breaks you down from within, part by part as you leave the theatre with images and sounds reverberating in your head making you uneasy. Not in a long time has a movie been able to accomplish this feat!
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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Resham Sengar Site:Zee News
To put it straight, ‘Ship of Theseus’ is a film that has no one meaning attached to it; several conclusions can be drawn from it. It preaches and debates highly via the monk’s tale. It does not attempt to give answer to the centuries old debate on the paradox. It rather aims to explore it even more in a storytelling manner. Anand Gandhi’s film should be strictly watched for three reasons: a) If you like challenging your intellect b) If you love art cinema c) If you want your eyes to absorb Pankaj Kumar’s spellbinding visuals.
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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi
What’s Good: An evocative film with myriad dichotomies that is wrapped and served to you with the charisma of Mumbai. What’s Bad: Perhaps the pace could to be deterring to many. Watch or Not?: Anand Gandhi’s Ship Of Theseus is a bold and challenging film, which presents to you an indulgent story with engaging characters using the art of symbolism. Spread out on the grand vision of experimental cinema, this is a film that will grow on you. Watch it if you have the appetite for Indie cinema. This is perhaps one of recent times’ most eloquent films that have come out of India!
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  1. if this would have been a film with khans, kumars and directed bu some shetty or a south film maker, we would have experienced a fight between their fans for their stars below in the comments, but unfortunateky , there isnt any comment here, beacause no one is interested in intellectual stuff.

    it was so expected that ppl will turn a blind eye towards such film same as it happened in the reluctant fundamentalist, all will give the same lame excuses of entertainment and close their brains and eyes from thinking or seeing which deserves recognition and appreciation. no one is interested in insight, reasoning, paradoxes, spoon feeding is what we enjoy .

    this is leading to lack of encouragement and appreciation for the young talented filmmakers with diffrent ideas and stories, they are reluctant , they fear that would they suffer loss if they take a diffrent route from the formula based movies, eventually it happenes that they never get their dues and are always paid less. the theatre actors , lyricist, writers who are the actual artists are sidelined by the expression less six pack star kids who doesn't have even 1% talent as compared, because you want entertainment you need item songs . you like slap sticks, girl having sex with guy, romantic songs, hero beating villain.same old shit

    most disappointing thing is, the art is not acknowledged as it should be in our country

    1. you aree fuckking damly righttt
      ppl just dose'nt appreciate art
      movies not only this even films like lootera dosent get much apperciation
      never mind this may nt rock at box office but it has the ability to bagg awards after awards
      im glad im nt alone :)

  2. awards never come financial benefits, few claps, a wave of standing ovation and appreciation, then all of a sudden everything disappears, young aspiring filmmakers are left with no resources and no one is ready to buy such product , no promotion, further no returns as the buzz is low.

    this mentality of an average movie viewer is killing talent and discouraging the bright minds.

  3. It is not always for a filmmaker to be evolved as an utter example of great artisan-ship in creating stories that impress you with beautiful amalgamation of moving visuals & sounds but sometimes, even a viewer would require to contribute a good amount of active participation bodily & mentally both…& no one can deny that it is rarest of rare case when it comes to Indian cinema [Considering Bollywood just being a small part of the whole].

    Debutante Anand Gandhi’s thought-provoking, soul-stirring, brain-stimulating philosophical drama SHIP OF THESEUS is one of a kind cinema. It not only fuels your senses, mainly the thinking bones but also questions rationally the very existence of your beliefs, philosophy & ideas about life…that too, in the most impressive way ever in the history!

    Founded on a paradox popularly known as ‘ship of theseus’ which, in simple words, can be put as ‘if a ship gets all its parts replaced with new ones, will the ship be same as it was before or it will be a changed one?’. It intriguingly weaves three razor-sharp stories that not only are sensitive to the care but intelligently coherent, entirely relevant, very much real and surprisingly entertaining too. So, its not one of those ‘lackluster, all pseudo-intellectual long monologues- no entertainment’ arty farty!

    Aliya, after losing her eye-sight from a corneal infection, develops a unique ability to photograph people & things around her by just monitoring the sound they make. Thanks to the medical science, she is now ready for a corneal transplant. Will the senses rebel to work normal or she will find a new route to enjoy life?

    Maitreya, a cultured monk involved religiously in a fight against drug making multi-nationals to ban animal testing, is diagnosed with advanced stage of liver cirrhosis that would enforce him to inhale medicines he always was in opposition to. Will he be able to overcome his inner conflicts for the sake of saving his own life?

    Navin, a money-driven stockbroker stumbles on the truth about illegal kidney selling rackets in the city just after he’s done with his kidney transplantation. Now in the piercingly painful guilt of being an accused of same sin, will he , for a change, rise up for the right leaving his fascination for worldly possession aside?

    All these questions will sure have a definite answer to conclude things but not without overwhelming you with an irresistibly confident & competent cast that delivers a flawless textbook performance. Aida-El-Kashif sweetly slips into the character of a blind girl and even for once, you will not bring her proficiency into matter. She is poised, comfortable, convinced & aptly natural. Neeraj Kabi gives his blood & flesh to the character of monk, in literal sense. Watch his physical transformation during his infirmity days and you’ll know how far an actor can go to make it all believable. Sohum Shah is extremely likeable and comes out as the most alluring performer of the lot. Even the co-artistes mark their presence with a sheer honesty and total dedication to their respective jobs.

    Pankaj Kumar’s breathtaking cinematography does not need words to express its brilliance. When was the last time you saw something so absorbing that you never want it to end? From capturing the vivaciously sound of nature and the silence crowded lanes in metros can produce, you’ll never find a single frame that is not imaginative, that is not impressive. Great job done!

    To sum up things, Anand Gandhi boldly sails through the changing times in Indian cinema, leaving all his contemporary filmmakers behind and setting up new promises of a better Bollywood, surely not bigger in budgets but greater in concepts and more ardent in execution He’s one hell of the best things happen to Indian cinema in recent times. And, for the film? Well, do not call yourself a cinema-lover or a film-fanatic, if you haven’t watch it twice, at least. [4.5/5]

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    1. Awesome Reviews...... Eager to watch it......

  5. TOI reviews - always a disappointment. anyway this movie is worth watching as someone above mentioned - at least twice.

  6. Hi, I believe every person who works in the creative fields wish to do some work which they cherish. In this case the writer, director, producer, actors, support staff, etc. may not be supported by the box office or award ceremonies, but they will be a happy camper!!

    It is extremely refreshing to know that such movies are made in India with such passion and boldness. I truly hope that we have more viewership in such movies, so that going forward we are may have more of there brilliant experiences!!

  7. As I expected, awesome reviews and although i have yet to see it which i probably wouldn't be able to do any soon, thanks to the more than unwilling cinemawallahs, I will watch it as soon as it land up on the home video. Shows are few and far. Duh..
    @Gaurav : You got that right brother. No words for cinematography. Looked stunning in promos itself. Finally one Gandhi one could look forward to lol.

  8. People get the movies that they "deserve". Right now hindi movie viewers are getting dabaang, ready,Race 2, Aashiqui 2 and so many other movies because they had went to theaters and supported these kind of movies. If people were less reluctant to watch movies like this and many others in theaters instead of pirate sources, good movies wont be so hard to find.
    So if you want the change then be the change.

  9. Toi has always and will cont to give biased nd illogical reviews.. review of this film emphasized d same.

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