Odia filmmaker Biswanath’s English Documentary represents India at Rome (Italy)



Jeypore/Chennai-28th Nov 2017 True to it’s title, English Documentary ‘A Zero to Hero Collaborative Approach’ is proving to be a Hero, ever since its release.


Adding yet another feather to its glorious International Film Festivaljourney, multi-award winning English Documentary ‘A Zero to Hero Collaborative Approach’’, Written-Directed by Biswanath Rath, produced by his studio BnR Films has been selected for screening in ‘AgriCulture Film Festival-2017’ in ‘AgriCulture WorldCategory’ to be held at Rome (Italy). The film will be screened among 11International filmson 9th Dec2017.The filmrepresents India in this prestigious film festivals.


The Agri Culture Festival aims to raise awareness of the links between culture, agriculture, food production and biodiversity and to become an innovative environment where to meet and exchange audiovisual productions on these links. The Festival wishes to bring young people, the world of learning, independent filmmakers and cinema-lovers closer to farmers and their world.

English Documentary ‘A Zero To Hero Collaborative Approach’ tells the inspirational success story of a unique Public-Private- Academia-Community Partnership (PPACP) which led to the upliftment of farmers in Nabarangpur District (a district in Odisha, India) otherwise known as District Zero for being the poorest district in India. This project has transformed them into heroes.

This documentary, made by Biswanath was released on 16th Oct 2016 (World Food Day) as a tribute to the farmers. It went on to receive Official Selections/Screenings in 7 International Film Festivals within a yearof its release. All these7 film festivals have been held outside India where this film has represented India/Asia. The film has travelled length and breadth of the world and have been appreciated by film festival audience from various cities/countries/continents some of which include: Florida, Los Angeles, Caribbean, UK, Italy etc.

Director Biswanath who hails from Jeypore (Odisha) says,”This project ‘A Zero to Hero Collaborative Approach’ is in line with our vision and commitment to make films/documentaries based on Indian cultures, traditions and inspirational stories. Jeypore/Koraput being my hometown, to a good extent, I know the social/economic conditions of farmers prevailing in this part of the world. While doing research on the positive developments in KBK region, I came across this unique story of ‘Centre of Empowerment’’ in Nandahandi Block of Nabarangpur district modeled on Public-Private-Academia-Community’ Partnership’ (PPACP). The story was so inspiring that we decided to make a documentary on it. By end of the shoot we realized, it was not just the story that inspired; it was also the infinite support extended by everyone including Villages, Farmers, Panchayat, Govindalaya, Dist. Administration and Academicians in successfully executing the shoot in just 2 days. Now, it feels great to realize that the story has been loved by the global audience and critics.”


‘Centre of Empowerment’ spread over 31 Acres of land developed by Civil Society Organisation ‘Govindalaya’ at Soruguda village (Dangarbheja Panchayat) appears to be slowly changing image of the district.  Experts from OUAT, KVK and district level officers are using its facilities to train local farmers and demonstrate various agriculture and horticulture related techniques. 200 farmers have already benefited from this initiative.


YouTube Link for Documentary ‘Zero To Hero’:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJEt0kmYar8

Google drive link for Working Stills, Posters, Master Data of ‘Zero to Hero’:https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3H0Y9Tdb8fEc3lDajQ0dEtzejQ


Film Festival Link: http://news.meetfilmfestival.eu/


Biswanath Rath is the Founder & CEO of BnR Films LLP, a Chennai based Film Production company (co-founded by his wife Archana Rath) which produces Ad-Films, TV Commercials, Corporate Videos, Music Videos, Documentaries, Promotional Films, Short Films and feature films. All the ad-films/short films/music videos produced by the company (written-directed by Biswanath) have received awards and recognitions in 104International film festival circuit.Out of total 104International film festivals mentioned above, 77 festival screenings have taken place outside India where these films have represented India/Asia. Recently his Tamil Music Video ‘Namma Chennai Chancey illa’ was in National Media for its inspiring theme. He is currently working on an International Documentary project based on a subject from Koraput (Odisha).



Presently BnR Films has got presence in Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Delhi, Bhubaneswar, Kochi, Guwahati and Pune. BnR Films aims to make films based on local content with global appeal. This includes feature films, social ad-films and documentaries on a wide range of subjects, concepts and themes.