Anand Gandhi's 'Ship Of Theseus' creates waves at Toronto fest
Debutante Anand Gandhi has made quite a stir at the Toronto international film festival with his very personal, very cerebral film 'Ship of Theseus', which explores complex issues of identity, responsibility and death through the Greek paradox.
Gandhi, who has been developing the film for past three years, is being hailed as the new promising talent in the 'new wave' of Indian cinema. The 32-year-old director says he is happy to be part of the change through this film, which has admirers like Shekhar Kapoor, Anurag Kashyap and Fortissmo Films as co-producers.
Gandhi, on his part, feels that Indian audience is ready for the "cinema that talks intelligently, is more artistic and challenging". The filmmaker, a well-known playwright, says he is cinematically exploring ideas that have haunted him in his
"I don't think difficulty of expressibility of an idea should discourage us from discussing it in cinema rather it should be encouraged. We should invest ourselves in a culture that encourages that kind of creative engagement, that kind of dialogue and challenge," Gandhi told PTI over phone from Toronto.
The film has received glowing reviews after its screening at TIFF with festival's artistic director Cameron Bailey calling it one of this year's hidden gems. Gandhi's film explores four different stories -- of a brilliant but blind photographer, a monk's whose ethics are put to test, an obsessive compulsive clockmaker with an ailing heart and a young stock broker who gets trapped in illegal organ trade racket. PTI