Why: Because of what they are, because of how they’ve expanded the reach of “North Madras” music, because of how they’ve done it (a mix of rap, rock, hip-hop, gaana), because of how they have disrupted the music space on YouTube, because of how they have helped extend director Pa Ranjith’s vision (they perform under his Neelam Cultural Centre), and if you take just the last year alone, because of the song named Quota. Sample lyrics: Gone are the days we slogged for our wages / We got our slippers, it’s been ages / Look at these hands that tied up your cow / Same hands carry notebooks to school now...It’s catchy, yet experimental. It’s scratchy, yet that “unpolished” quality is part of the message, that music is not just for the velvet-voiced. It’s 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’.