Life Cycle explores the place of the bicycle in the everyday lives of city dwellers in Kolkata. Are Kolkata's bicycles relics of a past to be hastily discarded or are they viable, if complicated cargo vehicles in India’s burgeoning cities? Winding through Kolkata’s roads we follow the city’s daily wage-workers, teachers and environmentalists and their changing relationships to cycling. What happens when new traffic regulations impede two-wheeled travellers from riding on Kolkata’s roads? How do vendors, couriers, newspaper sellers and artists negotiate Kolkata’s roads congested with cars and other motorized transport? Who wins the battle for the road – the bicycle or the car?
Life Cycle is a tribute to the bicycle in uncertain times; and its relationship to rapidly changing cities.
Year of Release: 2016
Direction: Malini Sur ** Camera: Debalina ** Additional Camera** Sabyasachi Bannerjee ** Sound: Sabyasachi Pal **Editing: Sumit Ghosh ** Sound Design: Aparna Das ** Re-Recording: Abdul Rajjak: SubTitle: Sayan Bhattacharya