By Odisha Story Bureau, Nabarangpur/Chennai:
On 16th October (celebrated globally as World Food Day), multi-award winning film production company ‘BnR Films’ has released the much-awaited English documentary themed on Agriculture/Horticulture and farmers of Dangarbheja (Nandahandi Block), Nabarangpur (Odisha). ‘A ‘ZERO-TO-HERO’ COLLABORATIVE APPROACH – BY DANGARBHEJA PANCHAYAT AND GOVINDALAYA’ is the first ever documentary of BnR Films in KBK District, Odisha, written and directed by multi-award winning Biswanath Rath (CEO of BnR Films). It’s all about success story of collaboration between one Panchayat and a Civil Society Organisation showing how together these institutions are uplifting and face-lifting social, economic conditions of farmers.
Talking about the project, Director Biswanath says, ‘This project is in line with our vision and commitment to make films/documentaries based on Indian cultures, traditions and inspirational stories. When we got to know about ‘contest for short films on inspirational success story of Panchayats’ by Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Govt. of India, we realized a good opportunity to understand the real India. We started in-depth research about panchayats across India. We came across this unique story of ‘Centre of Empowerment’’ in Naqndahandi Block of Nabarangpur district modeled on Public-Private-Academia-Community’ Partnership’ (PPACP). The story is so inspiring that we decided to shoot. By end of shoot we realized, it was not just the story which inspired us. 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. Thanks to the determination and dedication of our technical team, we have completed the documentary in just 18 days. We released this film on World Food Day as a tribute to all the farmers. Like our other films, this film will soon start it’s International Film Festival journey so as to reach the global audience.”
‘Centre of Empowerment’ spread over 31 Acres of land developed by 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.
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, Web Series, Short Films and feature films. All the ad-films/short films/music videos produced by the company (written-directed by Biswanath) have received numerous awards and recognitions in International film festival circuit. The studio’s very first short film ‘Kar Bhalaa’ (Hindi-Tamil) has received 2 Awards and 25 International Film Festival (IFF) Screening. It’s very first ad-film ‘The ‘Right’ Glass’ (silent) has bagged 2 awards and 32 International Film Festival screenings. Likewise, it’s very first International Music Video ‘Feel The Passion’ (English) has received 6 International Film Festival screenings till date. Out of total 63 International film festivals mentioned above, 42 festival screenings have taken place outside India (USA, UK, Italy, Paris, South America, Australia, Russia, Afghanistan and many other countries in Asia, Europe) where these films have represented India.
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.