About Us

Civic Studios is based in Mumbai, India and was incubated at the MIT Media Lab, USA.

Democracies function well when citizens and government work together. Like any good relationship, this depends on mutual trust, empathy, and participation.

We believe the media is an important part of this bond. Not just in carrying information too and fro, but in representing perspectives, problems, and possible solutions.

We’re particularly driven by the power of entertainment. A good story and set of characters can bring attention to ignored issues, create awareness of rights and duties, and model exemplary actions to help ‘fix-the-system’.

Through our research and media production here at Civic Studios, we aim to build bridges between citizens, government and public institutions, and in turn help strengthen the democracies we live in.

Our Work

Media Production

We create stories about citizen engagement, public institutions reform, and ways to strengthen democracy at large. Our formats vary across short and long-form fiction and creative non-fiction, in mediums such as films, web-series, TV, radio, and digital media.

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Research Hub

We conduct in-depth research into specific social and civic issues for creative content development. We also study representation of civics in popular entertainment, conduct media impact evaluations, and engage with the creative industry on ideas of civic entertainment.

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Press & Publications

Newslaundry: How female social media users reacted to Amrita’s decision in Thappad
August 7, 2020
Livemint: Rethinking the angry young cop in Indian cinema
July 13, 2020
ScoopWhoop: When Home Is Unsafe: This Video Explains How To Help Domestic Violence Victims During Lockdown
May 31, 2020
Civic Studios Report: Crime and Punishment in Indian Entertainment
November 1, 2019
IDR: Seven ways to create entertainment with impact
March 14, 2019
The Hindu: Ways of seeing entertainment
August 9, 2018

Our Team

ANUSHKA SHAH
Founder
ROOHI BHATIA
Content Manager
NAMRATA SHARMA
Research Manager
KAVIRAJ SINGH
Channel Head
UMANG SABARWAL
Creative Producer
GREGORY ALMEIDA
Researcher, Law & Media
ETHAN ZUCKERMAN
Advisor, MIT Media Lab

Our Partners

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As International #WomensDay approaches, we look at a film about a group of women who find their inner expression within the walls of #patriarchy. #Hellaro is a story of subjugated women who empower themselves by dancing to the beats of Mulji, the drummer from the oppressed caste.

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