If words could get tired, ‘disruptor’ would be lying on a hospital bed, hooked up to an IV, near death with exhaustion because it’s been used and abused so much in the last few years. Anyone with a mildly sparkling idea has been dubbed a disruptor. The frequency has frayed its power. It’s like the chilling line the fabulously delusional villain Syndrome delivers in The Incredibles – When everyone’s super... no one will be.
We think it’s time to reclaim the word. The Cambridge dictionary defines disruptor as “a person or thing that prevents something, especially a system, process, or event from continuing as usual or expected.” Disruptors are innovators who, to steal a line from T. S. Eliot’s iconic poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, ‘dare disturb the universe.’ Something shifts because of their actions.
With this in mind, we present the first list of Film Companion Disruptors. These are the prime innovators in entertainment. Between July 1st 2018 and August 2019, these are the people who’ve shaken up things, ignited conversations, created new ways of seeing or found the beating pulse of an audience. This list was created by the Film Companion team, aided by researcher Trupti Kanade. For the last three months, we pored over names, argued accomplishments and struggled with who is truly a disruptor. We decided that these people are.
The actor is probably the only superstar of the post-Modi era.
His Super Deluxe disrupted the notion of Tamil mainstream cinema.
She’s given us fabulously messy female characters in a short span.
Lucifer became the first Malayalam film to earn over Rs 200 cr.
For creating the expansive and layered soundscape of Sacred Games.
He's given good performances in good films, time after time.
For creating the divisive and disruptive character, Kabir Singh.
Tumbbad showed us that horror movies aren’t only about jump-scares.
Their screenplay of Virus should be taught in film schools for its craft.
The T Series YouTube channel is the first to hit a 100M subscribers.
For building an ecosystem that nurtures indie talent.
For creating protest music at its most powerful.
Her stunning animated feature Bombay Rose is a festival favourite.
Post the success of KGF, he’s no longer just a ‘Kannada star’.
For going where very few actors have gone before in Super Deluxe.
In 90 ML, she made a movie that said ‘if men can do it, so can we’.
She disrupted twice this year with Gully Boy and Made In Heaven.
She didn’t win Comicstaan, but is now the sharp voice that comedy needs.
Buddha.mov is unique in how it shifts between a docu and fiction.
YouTube Channel that changed Malayalam digital entertainment.
Choosing to do Aadai was disruption of the highest order.
Streaming giant ALTBalaji added a staggering 20M paid subscribers.
Pariyerum Perumal changed the notion of Dalit characters on screen.
His political documentary Vivek dares to question the powers that be.