How do you define disruption in a world thoroughly disrupted? What is the role of the artist in a global pandemic? As death and disease swirl around, can stories sustain us? These were some of the questions we grappled with as we put together the list of Film Companion Disruptors. Incredibly, even in a year as difficult as 2020 (the time period we've considered is August 2019-August 2020), there were a slew of artists across the country doing innovative work. Which invariably led to debate – members of the editorial team argued and passionately put forth a defence of their favourite candidates. We ended up with an eclectic list which includes an Oscar-winning composer; an actor best-known for villainous roles who became, when life demanded it, a humanitarian and warrior; an NRI couple in Germany who are decoding Malayalam cinema; and a Bollywood leading lady who refuses, unlike her seniors, to toe the line and stay silent.
In J.R.R Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo says to Gandalf: "I wish it need not have happened in my time." Gandalf replies: "So do I and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." The artists on this list decided well. Presenting Disruptors 2020!
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