The Bicycle Maker

In a generation that has forgotten the importance of personal well being besides the significance of a clean environment; here is a man from India who has risen up to the challenge with his love for bicycles. With his deep-seated passion for handcrafting, he is changing the way bicycles are designed for a personalised experience. He has changed Perceptions. Meet the man, Shailesh Krishna, The Bicycle Maker.

  1. Marin County International Festival of Short Film & Video, 2019

  2. Cortokino Film Festival 2018, India

Official Selections
  1. Filmed by Bike Film Festival 2017, USA

  2. International Festival of Short Films on Culture & Tourism 2017, India

  3. Short Film Theatre 2017, India

  4. Cefalù film festival 2018, Italy

  5. ECO Film Festival 2018, Mexico

  6. The BeBop Channel Content Festival, US

  7. UN Habitat Better Cities Film Festival (WUF10), Abu Dabhi

  1. San Mauro Film Festival 2018

  2. Inshort Film Festival 2018

Film Stills


Direction / Edit / Cinematography: Bidit Roy

Music: Mayank Singh

Writer: Shailesh Krishna, Bidit Roy

Key Cast: Shailesh Krishna

Director's Note

Following my second documentary, I embarked on the search for a compelling narrative. A turning point came when a friend introduced me to Shailesh Krishna, a masterful artisan of custom bicycles, meticulously crafting these remarkable machines from his own abode. I found myself captivated by his tale. Through Shailesh, I discovered anew the enchantment of bicycles, the profound passion they could inspire.

In his youth, while his peers revelled in playthings, Shailesh was already immersed in the deconstruction, analysis, and even repair of intricate household devices. This innate curiosity forged a practical adeptness with the very mechanisms shaping our daily existence. This facet of his childhood resonated deeply with me, evoking my own inquisitive nature – a rarity in the India of the 1980s.

Remarkably, it was the unassuming bicycle that kindled his pursuit of engineering and industrial design. The more I delved into his story, the clearer the myriad impacts of the bicycle on one's life became. Through this cinematic venture, I aspire to not only amplify the bicycle's significance but also to unveil Shailesh's unrelenting mission: a journey toward a future marked by sustainability and well-being, one pedal stroke at a time.

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