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Zoya Akhtar

Where: Gully Boy, Made In Heaven

Why: You can no longer dismiss Zoya Akhtar as just a chronicler of posh people’s pain. The filmmaker disrupted her reputation not once, but twice this year with Gully Boy and her Amazon web show Made In Heaven. In Gully Boy, Akhtar took the real-life stories of Mumbai’s underground musicians who have been using rap to question the system and spun it into a massive motion picture that premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. A few weeks later, she masterfully uncovered the ugly truth behind the big fat Indian wedding in Made in Heaven, a series she co-wrote with Reema Kagti. She’s proved that no other mainstream Hindi filmmaker today can tell potent, sensitive and entertaining stories about the country’s deep class divide like she does.




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