The Bicycle Maker

In a generation that has forgotten the importance of personal well being besides the significance of 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 personalized experience. He has changed Perceptions.
Meet the man, Shailesh Krishna, The Bicycle Maker.

  • Bidit Roy
    On the Church Trail, Bamboo Lawada, Madhur Bhav
  • Bidit Roy
    Bamboo Lawada, Madhur Bhav
  • Shailesh Krishna
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Non fiction
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 6, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    50 USD
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    Digital HD
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  • Filmed by Bike Film Festival 2017
    United States
    May 7, 2017
    North America Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Marin County International Festival of Short Film & Video
    San Rafael
    United States
    July 3, 2019
  • Cortokino 2018
    January 24, 2018
  • Inshort Film Festival 2018
    December 14, 2017
    Semi Finalist
  • EcoFilm Festival 2018
    Benito Juárez
    October 15, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Cefalù film festival 2018
    May 1, 2018
    Official Selection
  • International Festival of Short Films on Culture & Tourism 2017
    March 28, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Short Film Theatre 2017
    May 30, 2017
    Official Selection
  • San Mauro Film Festival 2017
    May 23, 2017
    Semi Finalist
Director Biography - Bidit Roy

Bidit Roy is a self-taught award-winning documentary filmmaker from Pune, India, and the founder of Bluebird Moving Stories. His short documentary ‘The Bee Rescuer’ has won 10 awards internationally and 45+ official selections. He’s a fellow at Docedge Kolkata and was honoured at IFFI's first cohort of 'India's 75 Creative Minds' in 2021.

Bidit Roy is a self-taught documentary filmmaker based out of Pune, India. Born in the sunshine state of Rajasthan, Bidit spent two years working as a software developer before entering the creative industry professionally. His films have been screened in over 70 film festivals worldwide. The short documentary ‘The Bee Rescuer’ has won 10 awards internationally and over 44 Official festival selections.
He is a yatri at Jagriti Yatra (2017) - the world's largest entrepreneurial expedition and a fellow at Docedge (2021) - the Asian forum for documentary filmmakers. Bidit was honoured at IFFI's first cohort of 'India's 75 Creative Minds' by Gov. of India in 2021.

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Director Statement

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 reveled 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.