Film Companion announces the first list of FC Disruptors of 2018-19

The names of these personalities were chosen based on how they have shaken up things, ignited conversations, created new ways of seeing or found the beating pulse of an audience

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Film Companion announced its first FC Disruptors list recently recognizing prime innovators in entertainment between July 1, 2018, and August 2019. 

FC Disruptors are people who’ve shaken up things, ignited conversations, created new ways of seeing or found the beating pulse of an audience. The contribution of these pioneers of creativity has paved the way for many others who aspire to follow in their footsteps and make a change. The list not only includes names from Bollywood but also acknowledges the path-breaking work of talents from south cinema, stand-up comics, YouTube and animation artists who chose to address unconventional subjects through their art. 

Representative across multiple categories of entertainment, the list itself was created by the Film Companion jury, aided by researcher Trupti Kanade. They put together names of people, who with their work, brought value to the Indian entertainment industry. 

Speaking on the list and how and why it came about Anupama Chopra, founder of Film Companion said,

I love the idea of disruption. The idea behind coming up with such a list was to recognize the contributions of some of the key artists of the Indian film industry and the way they have changed Indian entertainment.  Of course, lists are designed to create debate - we spent months arguing accomplishments and who should and shouldn’t be on the list.  The FC Disruptor list is a snapshot of some of the most exciting work in entertainment."

Below are the names of the stars of the FC Disruptors List 2019:

  • Akshay Kumar: The actor is probably the only superstar of the post-Modi era.
  • Thiagarajan Kumararaja: His Super Deluxe disrupted the notion of Tamil mainstream cinema.
  • Kanika Dhillon: She’s given us fabulously messy female characters in a short span.
  • Prithviraj Sukumaran: Lucifer became the first Malayalam film to earn over Rs 200 cr.
  • Alokananda Dasgupta: For creating the expansive and layered soundscape of Sacred Games.
  • Ayushmann Khurrana: He’s given good performances in good films, time after time.
  • Sandeep Reddy Vanga: For creating the divisive and disruptive character, Kabir Singh.
  • Rahi Anil Barve, Adesh Prasad: Tumbbad showed us that horror movies aren’t only about jump-scares.
  • Muhsin Parari, Sharfu, Suhas: Their screenplay of Virus should be taught in film schools for its craft.
  • Bhushan Kumar: The T Series YouTube channel is the first to hit a 100M subscribers.
  • Deepti D'Cunha: For building an ecosystem that nurtures indie talent.
  • The Casteless Collective: For creating protest music at its most powerful.
  • Gitanjali Rao: Her stunning animated feature Bombay Rose is a festival favourite.
  • Yash: Post the success of KGF, he’s no longer just a ‘Kannada star’.
  • Vijay Sethupathi: For going where very few actors have gone before in Super Deluxe.
  • Anita Udeep: In 90 ML, she made a movie that said ‘if men can do it, so can we’.
  • Zoya Akhtar: She disrupted twice this year with Gully Boy and Made In Heaven.
  • Prashasti Singh: She didn’t win Comicstaan, but is now the sharp voice that comedy needs.
  • Ranveer Singh: His diverse film choices make him the most exciting star of today.
  • Kabir Mehta: Buddha.mov is unique in how it shifts between a documentary and fiction.
  • Karikku: YouTubers who have changed Malayalam digital entertainment.
  • Amala Paul: Choosing to do Aadai was disruption of the highest order.
  • Ekta Kapoor: Streaming giant ALTBalaji added a staggering 20M paid subscribers.
  • Mari Selvaraj: Pariyerum Perumal changed the notion of Dalit characters on screen.
  • Anand Patwardhan: His political documentary Vivek dares to question the powers that be.
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