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

Digital Comedy

Pocket Change is our all-new Hindi digital comedy channel that creates relatable, short form, comedy content for young Indians with civic engagement at its heart. The channel uses humour to empower young Indians on topics like laws, policy, governance and policing.

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Studio Productions

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

MIT India: Imagination and Innovation in Storytelling: A conversation with Shekhar Kapur
May 28, 2021
ADR Podcast: Women Representation in Electoral Politics: A lack of political will? – Part 2
November 8, 2021
In a country where two yards distance is not being maintained, why is data privacy important?
June 24, 2021
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

Our Partners

Stay Updated

The @FilmsDivision of India has maintained a record of Indian history since its inception. Last year they released three gems featuring vintage footage of the socio-political climate around the time of Independence. [short film recommendations for #RepublicDayIndia in 🧵below] 👇

Smita Patil was an iconic personality. Listen to her talk about the objectification of women in Indian films, how women are portrayed as the weaker gender in our films, and how that portrayal impacts society!


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