Uday Kapur, Mo Joshi

Where: Azadi Records

Why: The New Delhi based independent hip-hop music label that backs progressive, grass-roots, and socially conscious music was only formed in 2017. It soon became one of the most hyped labels. Today, they represent 11 artists performing in as many languages- Hindi, Marathi, Bengali,Gujarati ,Tamil, Kannada, Punjabi. Just last year they signed on Ali Saifuddin, the Kashmiri singer-songwriter. Last year Azadi Records also launched 101, the Haryanvi-Hindi rap duo Seedhe Maut’s followup to their celebrated debut album Bayaan. The Punjabi rapper they launched the label with, Prabh Deep, premiered his song 'CHITTA' in July this year. The video has clocked upwards of 500k views.


Karuna Kumar

Karuna Kumar

His Telugu film Palasa 1978 talked about caste-based oppression beyond a black and white binary


Ajay Devgn

His 100th film, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, was a massive box office success


Jaideep Ahlawat

With Paatal Lok, he disrupted the notion that the lead role can only be played by a star


Vinod Kamble

His Hindi film Kastoori disrupts the idea of a message movie