Tuesday night saw Aamir Khan playing host to a special screening of Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Thesus which is being actively promoted and backed by wife Kiran Rao. The industry was in full presence to show their support. Present at the event were nephew Imran with wife Avantika, Rani Mukherjee, Priyanka Chopra, Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Parineeti Chopra, Ayushmann Khurana, Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt, Kunal Kapoor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Ashutosh Gowariker, Rajkumar Yadav, Aditi Rao Hydari and Kunal Kohli among many others.
“Kiran saw this film earlier. She loved it and asked me to see the film. When I saw it, I loved it too. We thought we should promote these kinds of films, so we invited all our friends from the industry for this screening. I wanted them to see the film and meet the star cast,” Aamir told the media.
Written and directed by Anand Gandhi, and produced by actor Sohum Shah, Ship of Theseus is a film that explores “questions of identity, justice, beauty, meaning and death through the stories of an experimental photographer, an ailing monk and an enterprising stockbroker”; played by Aida El-Kashef, Neeraj Kabi and Sohum Shah.
After three years in development, the film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, where it received great critical acclaim and was touted, “the hidden gem of the year”. The movie which has traveled across the nation as part of many film festivals has received largely positive reviews from both Indian and international press and has been hailed as “the most significant film to come out of India in a very long time.
The title of the film alludes to Theseus’ paradox, most notably recorded in Life of Theseus, wherein the Greek philosopher Plutarch inquires whether a ship that has been restored by replacing all its parts, remains the same ship.
The film distributed under the UTV Motion pictures banner is finally scheduled for a theatre release on Friday 19th July 2013.