Why: A programmer for such international film festivals as Venice, Locarno and Pingyao, Deepti D’Cunha has been quietly working towards building an ecosystem to nurture Indian independent filmmaking talent. Her Viewing Room programme (along with the Work-in-Progress lab) for National Film Development Corporation’s Film Bazaar, which boasts of a specially created database, has disrupted the process of putting the best of Indian cinema in touch with the rest of the world, by making it much easier. Last year, in July, she was appointed the India and South Asia Correspondent by the Director’s Fortnight, a sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival.
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.