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;

  1. Akshay Kumar

The actor is probably the only superstar of the post-Modi era.

  1. Thiagarajan Kumararaja

His Super Deluxe disrupted the notion of Tamil mainstream cinema.

  1. Kanika Dhillon

She’s given us fabulously messy female characters in a short span.

  1. Prithviraj Sukumaran

Lucifer became the first Malayalam film to earn over Rs 200 cr.

  1. Alokananda Dasgupta

For creating the expansive and layered soundscape of Sacred Games.

  1. Ayushmann Khurrana

He’s given good performances in good films, time after time.

  1. Sandeep Reddy Vanga

For creating the divisive and disruptive character, Kabir Singh.

  1. Rahi Anil Barve, Adesh Prasad

Tumbbad showed us that horror movies aren’t only about jump-scares.

  1. Muhsin Parari, Sharfu, Suhas

Their screenplay of Virus should be taught in film schools for its craft.

  1. Bhushan Kumar

The T Series YouTube channel is the first to hit a 100M subscribers.

  1. Deepti D'Cunha

For building an ecosystem that nurtures indie talent.

  1. The Casteless Collective

For creating protest music at its most powerful.

  1. Gitanjali Rao

Her stunning animated feature Bombay Rose is a festival favourite.

  1. Yash

Post the success of KGF, he’s no longer just a ‘Kannada star’.

  1. Vijay Sethupathi

For going where very few actors have gone before in Super Deluxe.

  1. Anita Udeep

In 90 ML, she made a movie that said ‘if men can do it, so can we’.

  1. Zoya Akhtar

She disrupted twice this year with Gully Boy and Made In Heaven.

  1. Prashasti Singh

She didn’t win Comicstaan, but is now the sharp voice that comedy needs.

  1. Ranveer Singh

His diverse film choices make him the most exciting star of today.

  1. Kabir Mehta is unique in how it shifts between a documentary and fiction.

  1. Karikku

YouTubers who have changed Malayalam digital entertainment.

  1. Amala Paul

Choosing to do Aadai was disruption of the highest order.

  1. Ekta Kapoor

Streaming giant ALTBalaji added a staggering 20M paid subscribers.

  1. Mari Selvaraj

Pariyerum Perumal changed the notion of Dalit characters on screen.

  1. Anand Patwardhan

His political documentary Vivek dares to question the powers that be.