India Masala

Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

Ship of Theseus: Looking for the right answers

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During an interview about his 2012 film “Shanghai”, director Dibakar Banerjee spoke about the difficulty of asking existential questions and portraying them coherently on the big screen.

Anand Gandhi, director of “Ship of Theseus”, has the same problem but is able to execute it almost perfectly, a task most filmmakers would have found difficult.

Gandhi explores the complex themes of beauty, life, death and ethics through three storylines that have one common thread – organ donation.

In the first story, blind photographer Alia finds regaining her eyesight changes her perspective on art. Gandhi is rather minimalistic in his style and avoids the trimmings. He focuses on the characters and their dilemmas, but cloaks these dilemmas in everyday language and banter, making them more relevant for the viewer.

Good Night Good Morning: Talk isn’t cheap

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It’s not easy to sustain interest in a film that is about two people talking on the phone all night long. The characters have to be interesting enough, the dialogue has to sparkle and the length has to be just right.

In “Good Night, Good Morning”, director Sudhish Kamath manages to tick off most boxes, producing a film that will mostly keep you engaged and entertained, thanks to the two leads and some fresh writing.

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