Documentary director strives to find key, stop suicide by farmers

CHENNAI: Filmmaker Anshul Sinha is on a mission that’s as ambitious as his film on it: zero farmer suicides. Having made 41 films, several of them award-winning, Sinha’s latest is ‘Mitti – Back to Roots’, is a docudrama that highlights 27 major issues perpetuating the problem, with focus on the farmer suicide belts of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab.

“During our one year of research, we practically learnt agricultural science and farming from the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA), Hyderabad and also under the mentorship of Rythu Swarajya Vedika that works towards creating sustainable agricultural communities in Andhra Pradesh,” says Sinha.