Director Anand Gandhi has delivered a Classical stunner in his first feature length film. The Ship of Theseus attains its critical superiority, for its intricate way of binding the problems of Identity of various types like Religion, Belief, Lifestyle, Disability to the Social-Ethical problem of Organ donation using classic philosophical problem of “Ship of Theseus”. [The Original philosophical problem being: As the story occurs in Plutarch's Lives (Life of Theseus), A Ship by which Theseus a Semi- Mythical Hero of ancient Athens who is said to have accomplished a rescue mission, was on public display in Athens. One day all the old parts of the ships are replaced-repaired by new ones. Is the new repaired ship still the same one? In Hobbe's De Corpore the question is extended as, If all the old parts discarded combined into a ship, Is the restored ship same as the original one? ] But its superiority comes from the fact that even with its Intellectual juggling, art of film-making never takes a back seat, whether its Acting, Cinematography, or for that matter entertaining dialogues for those who least care for its philosophical inquiry. Even though the film has three stories embedded into it the seamless switching between the stories in something commendable.
The movie ends with all those who underwent transplants coming together,and they get know that all the organs were donated by the same person. Together they watch a cave exploration video, shot by the head of the NGO which had organized these transplants.
Is the director trying to depict Plato's 'allegory of cave' problem makes students of philosophy pondering, and may be, it draws them to watch the movie again.