Cinema is a powerful vehicle for philosophical ideas in Anand Gandhi's visually sublime 'Ship of Theseus'
What could be more frightening than a visual capsule of mortality? Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus is a frightening film. One of the three stories in the film is about a Jain monk who, for most of his life, has been crusading against pharmaceutical experiments that brutalize animals. He is battling a failing liver, and has vowed not to accept prescription pills or an organ transplant. We see him reach a moment when, foreseeing death, he asks for his mother. His body is lacerating and feeble, and his face, scrutinized closely by Gandhi and his cinematographer Pankaj Kumar, is rupturing with fear. His idealism is reeling and capsizing. He might also just ask for the doctor.
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