Circle (In Production)



30 mins + transmedia project

A haunting portrait of a rape victim, caught in the devious ploys of her family.

Through the poignant and personal story of 13 year-old Khushboo, Circle weaves together the horror of her gang-rape, emotional abuse at the hands of her grandmother, who orchestrated her rape, and that of her child marriage to a man she does not know.

As Khushboo changes hands from one abuser to another, we delve deeper into her grandmother’s story – to where this circle traces back.

Told simplistically through an observational lens, this intimate and delicate short attempts an understanding of the nature of abuse, and a closer look at the perpetrator, as much as it does of the victim itself. Where does this circle begin? Where does it go? And can there be any release?

Transmedia note:

The project has an online, interactive component -- a web platform to reach out to include the myriad narratives of victims of sexual violence, creating a space for these voices to interact and form bonds of solidarity – a constantly evolving platform, with these shared stories, coming together to re-write the universal narrative of sexual violence.


  • Director: Jayisha Patel
  • Producers: Jayisha Patel, Ruchi Bhimani, Harini Lakshmanarayn
  • Director of Photography: Jayisha Patel/Amith Surendran
  • Sound Recordist: Anita Kushwaha
  • With the participation of: Kushboo Tewari, Shobha Tewari, Dadi Tewari

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