Cycle of simplicity and goodness for transfromation

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 May 2018 11:29:51


By Rajendra Diwe

‘Cycle’, a Marathi film directed by Prakash Kunte is successful in giving a positive ‘Mantra’ of life to be simple and humble. The film recalls the sayings of Rabindranath Tagore, “It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple.” Aditi Moghe through a very simple smooth story has made audience to think how one could lead a life with simplicity and without any expectation. Moghe portrayed the social life in Konkan during 50’s. Keshav (Hrishikesh Joshi) is a simple, kind-hearted astrologer of a small village Bhugaon in Konkan. Villagers from nearby villages come to him for counselling. In those days, when life was simple and people used to visit an astrologer to solve their problems, astrologers were the excellent counsellers. Moghe effectively presented a character of Keshav as a counseller who has compassion, affection and love for each one in the society.

Sir Issac Newton said, ‘Nature is pleased with simplicity.’ One could recall this quote when he watches ‘Cycle’ and realises how nature is also pleased with the simplicity of people. A small village where Keshav lives is rich in natural beauty. Keshav’s world is very limited. His family has wife Jayashree (Deepti Lele), a little girl Mrunmayee (Maithili Patwardhan) and father. Keshav owns a sparkling yellow bicycle. Keshav lovingly shares stories of his bicycle with his young daughter and never steps out without it. Once, when the entire Keshav’s family enjoys ‘Sangeet Saubhadra’ a musical drama in a temple, two thieves Mangya (Priyadarshan Jadhav) and Gajya (Bhalchandra Kadam) enter in a village. They steal ornaments, utensils, idols of God along with Keshav’s bicycle. The entire film then revolves around emotions, desires and incidences in the life of Keshav, Mangya and Gajya.

Keshav has inherited the knowledge of astrology, horoscope reading and ayurvedic medicines from his grandfather. He proudly tells, his grandfather had given the bicycle to him along with the knowledge. Keshav treats cycle as a inheritance and it is because of cycle he could be able to guide people in society. Keshav starts feeling insecure when his cycle gets stolen by two good-natured crooks Gajya and Mangya. Keshav who loves cycle more than his life, leaves home in search of cycle. The cycle plays an important part in the life of Gajya and Mangya. As everyone in many villages they pass through recognises the cycle of Keshav Dada, both the crooks start feeling insecure. The respect and warm welcome, they get from the villagers because of the cycle of Keshav, both of them feel guilty for their deed. The ‘cycle’ becomes an important tool for these three characters who start searching their souls.

According to Leonardo Da Vinci, ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’. The three characters in film cycle experiences the sophisticated simplicity with whom they meet. ‘Cycle’ also illustrates the fact that human nature would not change by an external force but the change starts from within. The film showcases the emotional turbulence of the minds of these three characters. It also tells audience the transformation is effective, because it is rooted not in the events, but in the characters themselves. The film also displays spectacular work by cinematographer Amalendu Chaudhary. Though the situation of the film is about 50 years ago in time, ‘Cycle’ becomes an inspirational tale for the present generation.