Yashraj Mukhate

Where: Social Media

Why: Where the rest of the world saw melodrama, Yashraj Mukhate saw music. His ‘Kokilaben’ video combined the right ingredients — original beats and comical dialogues about Hindi serial cuisine — into a recipe for viral success, hitting 87 million views on YouTube and catching the attention of everyone from Anurag Kashyap to AR Rahman. The musician has since created several unique viral musical clips ('Sadda Kutta Tommy' and 'Pawri Ho Rahi Hai') on the internet and parlayed his online fame into steady work with brands and a collaboration with Vishal Bhardwaj. His album of original music is expected to be released soon.



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Neeraj Ghaywan

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Garnered international festival acclaim with her debut feature