Cycle (Bengali: চক্র), is a 2011 Bangladeshi Drishtantoist silent short film, which was scheduled to screening in Shorts and Independent section at the 12th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) in 2012.
This is the first film in where a Drishtantoist story-elements has been arranged by Rafaell Russell and was written and directed by Moheen Reeyad. This film has been presented mimetically. This is the first film based on Drishtantoism, a new philosophical movement begun by young poet and scholar Shobuj Taposh.
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 domination 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 is imagining her early childhood passed over with or without riding bicycle, it is the symbolization of visual hallucination. 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 book unwillingly because there is nothing to do in a 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. It is the causes of auditory hallucination. Limited freedom is being symbolized here.
After that, 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. She could not understand why she has been dressed up till now. Again she came near at window and looks at a child who is played with bicycle then too. Her playmate-brother is absent. 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 woman on the window
- Aarnob Ahmed as husband of that woman
- Zarin Tasnim Samiya as girl who ride bicycle
- Tanjim Ishmam as girl’s brother and playmate
- Abrar as another playmate of the girl and boy
This film was released at the Theatre Institute Chattagram on October 13, 2011. 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.
- “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.