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Ram Devineni

[Photo: Neelam Chandwani]

Most Creative People 2017

Ram Devineni

Comic-Book Author and Filmmaker

For giving boys a female superhero

After attending protests following a horrific gang rape and assault that took place in Delhi in 2012, India-born Ram Devineni, who was working as an IT analyst at Citibank in New York, decided to do something to influence the way boys perceived women. So he wrote a comic book starring Priya, a young female superhero who seeks justice for victims of violence in India’s patriarchal culture. Devineni has given away more than 60,000 copies of Priya’s Mirror, the second book in the ongoing series, since it was published in September 2016. For each release, he has partnered with the augmented-reality company Blippar to create an immersive reading experience designed to foster empathy for victims of violence. “The only way to really combat inequality,” Devineni says, “is to use stories and put them into the lives of young people.” His documentary, The Karma Killings, about a series of gruesome murders in India, was released on Netflix in January 2017. 

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