Cycle (Bengali: চক্র), is a 2011 Bangladeshi Drishtantoist silent short film. It was initially released in 2011 with a limited showing at Theatre Institute Chattagram in Chittagong, and after that year it was scheduled to screening in Shorts and Independent section at the 12th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) in 2012.
This is the first film where a Drishtantoist story-elements has been arranged by Rafaell Russell and was written and directed by Moheen Reeyad. The film also known as the first film based on Drishtantoism, – an ultramodern Lokayata philosophy of Indian Sub-continent, which comes to the notice of intellectuals in the late 2010s.
Throughout the story, visualized with non-professional actors, try to highlight clearly the daily state of fighting life of an ordinary Bangladeshi married woman. Here the woman expresses her strong inclination to be free from some unexpected difficulties like darkwardness, backwardness and religious denomination etc. Actually, most of all women of Bangladesh are being presented as goods still now, are being dressed only for their husband by hook or by crook.
A kite, symbol of freedom, is flying in the sky; two children are busy in riding a bicycle on a roof attentively. An ordinary newly married woman is looking at them moving her eyes through from window as she observes them day by day; sometimes she enjoys their happiness and quarrel. The woman is seeing the children from window to roof is in think, and maybe get nostalgic with her early childhood passed over with or without riding bicycle. She thought that her past was colorful, not like the colorless present; that has been showed through the black and white screen.
At noon she tries to read a religious trivia book unwillingly because there is nothing to do in her lonely room. Suddenly she hears sounds of the bell and quickly goes to the window but she looks at a kite laid on the roof with two cracks, but it was her fantasy. After that, she got remember soon her husband will come home from work. That’s why; she becomes busy in making him up intently. Suddenly sadness surrounds her mind, compels him to throw all things from the dressing table; like books, bangles, condom packets etc. She could not understand why she has been dressed up till now. Again she gets back near at window and looks at a child who is played with bicycle then too. But the child was alone and her playmate-brother didn’t come like every day. A question arises in her mind where he is, and she tries communicating to her firstly with hesitation.
After coming home, her husband saw that his wife was exhibiting the little girls riding with absent mind on the outside of the window. Without delay, her husband closed the window and took her aside.
- Mithila as Young woman
- Aarnob Ahmed as Young man
- Zarin Tasnim Samiya as Girl riding in bicycle
- Tanjim Ishmam as Boy riding in bicycle
- Abrar as Boy sitting at the corner
The film was financed by Shobuj Taposh and some of them are Moheen’s friend, and shot in Chittagong at CDA R/A within two days in July 2011. It is a collor (some scenes are black and white), silent film, HD 4:3 on digital camera, with a running time of 20 minutes.
This film was released at the Theatre Institute Chattagram on November 18, 2011 in a local film fest. After a year, in January 2012, the film was screened in Shorts and Independent section at the 12th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) in Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum.
- “Cycle”. www.imdb.com. IMDb. 2011.
- Taslimuddin Chowdhury, ed. (November 18, 2011). “চিলেকোঠা দৃষ্টান্তইস্ট ভিজ্যুলাইজেইশন-এর চলচ্চিত্র প্রদর্শনী আজ” [Chileykotha Dristantoist Visualization’s film exchibition is today] (Print) (Press release) (in Bengali). Chittagong: Dainik Purbokone. p. 2.
- Rusho Mahmud, ed. (November 15, 2011). “টিআইসিতে চিলেকোঠার চলচ্চিত্র প্রদর্শনী” [Chileykotha’s Film film exhibition in TIC] (Print) (Press release) (in Bengali). Chittagong: Suprobhat Bangladesh. p. 3.
- “চক্রের আবর্তে নারীর জীবন” [Women’s Life in Cycle] (Print & Online). Mekhyaiu Marma (November 22, 2011). Matiur Rahman, ed. The Daily Prothom Alo (in Bangla). Chittagong.