7Ship Of Theseus (2013)
Ship of Theseus is a 2013 Indian drama movie which was both written and directed by Anand Gandhi, and produced by actor Sohum Shah. The movie delves deep into the questions of individuality, righteousness, beauty, sense and death through the tales and perspectives of an amateur photographer, an ill monk and a resourceful stockbroker, played by Aida El-Kashef, NeerajKabi and Sohum Shah respectively.
The movie was in production for three years. It premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won accolades all around and was declared as “the hidden gem of the year”.It went on to receive positive reviews from both the Indian as well as international press and was even hailed as one of the most ground-breaking movies to come out of India in a very long time. Film critic Derek Malcolm called it a “life-changing film” and Variety appreciated its “unexpected grandeur”.‘Ship of Theseus’ alludes to Theseus’ paradox wherein the Greek historian and philosopher, Plutarch questions if a ship which has been rebuilt by changing all its parts still remains the same ship.The movie released in India on 19 July 2013.It won the award for the Best Feature Film of the year at the 61st National Film Awards.
Aaliya Kamal played by Aida El-Kashef is a visually challenged but celebrated Egyptian amateur photographer who is in the process of undergoing a cornea transplant that will bring her vision back. The resulting surgery is successful and Aaliya’s vision returns. But she faces trouble adjusting to her restored sight and is not satisfied with her subsequent photography.Maitreya played by NeerajKabi, ascholarly Jain friar, is an activist against animal testing in India. But he is diagnosed with liver cirrhosis and has to now consume animal-tested medication. He must now depend on the people he’s been fighting against.