By Aditi Patwardhan. Posted on February 23, 2016
As the planks of Theseus' ship needed repair, it was replaced part by part, up to a point where not a single part from the original ship remained in it anymore. Is it, then, still the same ship? If all the discarded parts were used to build another ship, which of the two, if either, is the real ship of Theseus?
When it released in 2013, Ship of Theseus marked the debut of an intellectual, philosophical storyteller, who wanted to ponder upon various concepts dealing with life and death and all that comes in between, through his filmmaking.
One of the most promising young filmmakers in the country, Anand Gandhi is to visit the Arbhaat Short Film Club in Pune on 28th February with his short films and an interesting topic for discussion with the audience- virtual reality. The initiative, spearheaded by filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni and screenwriter actor Girish Kulkarni, aims at showcasing the best short films from across the globe as well create awareness among young filmmakers about the expanse of and experimentation happening in short films. The club's third edition was inaugurated with the screening of Abhay Kumar's acclaimed documentary Placebo.
The screening will take place on 28th February at 6pm at the National Film Archive of India, Law College Road, Pune. Since the screening is only open for the members of the Arbhaat Short Film Club, hurry up and register to become a member! To register, contact : 9167677801 / 8698319598. You can visit their facebook page here.
Gandhi has made remarkable short films before venturing on to the feature format. Gandhi's passion for philosophy is evident in all his works, where he tries to address the large questions of life, death, identity, existence and karma. His debut short film Right Here, Right Now (2003), which portrays a total of 17 characters whose lives get entwined as a result of the actions of one person. The series of events, all triggered by one initial action of a person, demonstrates perfectly the phenomenon 'butterfly effect', a theory that suggests that a small change at one end of the world could have a large effect at the other end. The 29 minute long film is shot entirely in just two shots and describes itself as '29 minutes. 12 locations. 19 characters. 8 languages. 2 shots. 1 Cut.'
His second featurette Continuum, consisting of five parts, which he co-wrote and co-directed with Khushboo Ranka, narrates simple lighthearted stories from everyday life that explore the continuum of life and death, of love and paranoia, of trade and value, of need and invention, of hunger and enlightenment. Of the five shorts, each portrays a much profound concept among their simplistic innocence, bringing all the stories together to form the central thread of continuum.
Gandhi envisions that the development of the Virtual Reality (VR) format will take modern storytelling to an experiential and interactive level. He has established ElseVR, a company dedicated to developing content for VR and AR (Augmented Reality). Terming ElseVR as the Recyclewala Labs 2.0 version, Gandhi is now working on his next project in VR. He says in an interview, "The possibilities of immersive interactive content are endless- various vantage points, subjective and objective experiences, all sorts of things. Imagine being in the comfort of your home and watching a cricket match from the from the middle of the field. Your turn your head left and your will see Dhoni at the wicket, you turn right and you will see Johnson bowling to him.”
Sounds super-interesting, doesn't it? So don't miss this chance to watch Gandhi's short films on the big screen and to interact with the filmmaker about the amazing phenomenon that is VR. Register and become a member of Arbhaat Short Film Club now!