OK Computer On Disney+Hotstar Trailer Talk: Anand Gandhi Extends Existential Angst To Robots, Film Companion

Anand Gandhi, known for his kicks to the gut of genre — a philosophy thesis under the guise of an anthology Ship Of Theseus, a political thriller under the guise of documentary An Insignificant Man, a moral story under the guise of a thriller Tumbbad, and a political science education under the guise of a board-game Shasn —  is back by delivering another philosophical question under the guise of science fiction: if a man-made robot kills a human, who is responsible for the loss of life? 

The trailer begins in North Goa, when a self-driving taxi, NKHL (pronounced … Nikhil, without the I’s because robots have no “I”?), crashes into a human pedestrian (In 2018, a self-driving Uber car killed a pedestrian in Arizona), killing him instantly. The cyber cell agent Hari Kundu (Vijay Varma) thinks it is a murder attempt while Laksmi (Radhika Apte) who leads a private organization for the ethical treatment of robots, PETER, believes that AI is incapable of harming humans.

Of course this isn’t the first time this question has been brought up. Shankar’s Robot and I, Robot have similar storylines. But where those films focused on the visual hyperbole of the story, Gandhi and his team, including Pooja Shetty and Neil Pagedar, the creators and directors of the show, focus instead on the dark comedy around solving the philosophical puzzle of who is to blame. 

The madness includes Mickey Mouse as a possible suspect, and a hippie Jackie Shroff as Pushpak Shakur, the boss for whom being under arrest is a psychological and not a physical state of being. 

Featuring an ensemble cast including Radhika Apte, Vijay Varma, Jackie Shroff, Rasika Duggal among others, OK Computer releases this 26th March on Disney+ Hotstar. 

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