Why: If you’re having trouble unpacking complex political and social issues, this 20-year-old Delhi University student will lucidly break it down for you and even throw in a few unexpected laughs. Saloni Gaur (Salonayyy on Instagram) is a reminder of how social media can still be a wonderful tool if used effectively. Gaur does spot on impressions of actors Kangana Ranaut and Sonam Kapoor, but her finest creation is a character called Nazma Aapi, an opinionated middle-class Muslim lady she debuted in 2019 during the nationwide CAA-NRC protests. Nazma Aapi’s satirical take on life is humorous, informative and incisive.
Created and released an entire album of 16 songs during the lockdown
For backing new talent and scoring twice this year with Paatal Lok and Bulbbul
The composer has disrupted the traditional shelf-life of a composer
She's created her own brand of films - smartly-budgeted movies with strong messaging