It was like a concert in which 3 different pieces were performed, but in the end you realize that it was a medley all the time!!! That was how I felt even after you have watched the movie twice, the Ship of Theseus. I am not writing a movie review here, I have never done, so no name mentions and specific accolades, pardon me.
The Theseus paradox has to do with a question as to if the ship is the original one after all its parts gets replaced. Something like, do the parts of the whole comprise of the whole or the whole is a part of the parts?
This reminded me of the sloka we used to say in school that goes thus:
Om Poornamadhah Poornamidham Poornath Poornamuthashyathey
Poornasya Poornamathaya Poornamevath Vasishyathey
That is whole, this is whole. What is taken out of the whole is also whole. If the whole is taken out of the whole, it still remains a whole.
How the movie explains it is through a series of 3 ironical stories of people getting organs transplanted and how it affects their lives.
1 – Aaliya: a blind photographer who comes to realize that she was better fit before the eye transplant.
2 – Maitreya: a vegan who goes to court against illegal cruelty to animals in labs, but ends up getting a liver transplant and thus giving in.
3 – Navin: an uneducated stock-broker who gets a kidney transplant and tries to get justice for Shankar, whose kidney is stolen during an appendicitis operation.
Aaliya is not able to produce great work after the operation. Maitreya, inspite of going on a fast-until-death oath, gives in and accepts to get treatment and medication. He says that he is not ready to go yet! And after all the pain that Navin takes to get a donor for the poor labourer and going all the way to Stockholm, the guy settles for a steady flow of money. To quote from the movie here, it is “as good as it gets (Itna hi hota hai’)”.
You get to listen to some kickass dialogues that ranges from philosophy, sarcasm, spirituality and what not. The conversation where Aaliya fights with her boyfriend on a photo is one between two independent opinionated people who are together, arguing on silly nothings but agree to disagree in the end.
And in this scene where a centipede is saved by Maitreya, before which it is almost crushed by the passers-by, I found myself jumping at every step that was shown that might have crushed the poor creature. Following which Charvaka asks, “Now that you have saved its life.. Will you also give it a proper upbringing and a good education? What if it was the worm’s karma to just lie there and get crushed?”
“Does reality exist when none is looking?” – Aaliya.
“You see, in his world, it’s not all humanity that’s equal, it’s all existence that’s equal.” – Maitreya.
“Monks are supposed to be celibate, then why this much intellectual masturbation in first place?” – Charvaka again.
The final scene is a screening of a cave explorer’s video that the NGO arranges to all the patients who got organs transplanted from them, and that brings together these 3 protagonists. The video shows the cave full of beautiful limestone-like crystalline rock and the darker part of the cave brings about moving silhouttes of the explorer and the whole thing is a feast to the eyes. Personally, I don’t think there is any more significance required to end the movie thus.
– Until next,