Interestingly, both Jai Bhim and Shershaah premiered on Amazon Prime Video – in November and August, respectively – and are inspired by real events.
Jai Bhim is based on a real-life case fought by now-retired Madras High Court Justice K Chandru, when he was an advocate in the 90s. Suriya, who also produced the film, essayed the role of lawyer Chandru in the film, which featured a cast that included actors Lijomol Jose, Rajisha Vijayan, and Prakash Raj. Helmed by filmmaker TJ Gnanavel, Jai Bhim opened to a largely positive reception, though it also received flak from certain sections.
Shershaah, on the other hand, traces the life of late Kargil war veteran Captain Vikram Batra (played by Malhotra), who was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra. While the film received mixed reviews, General MM Naravane, Chief of Army Staff, praised the film for its realistic portrayal of the war.
In the category of personalities, Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra emerged as the most searched name in India, and he was followed by Aryan Khan, son of Hindi actor Shah Rukh Khan. Aryan was arrested for alleged possession and consumption of illegal drugs in October and later released on bail.
Meanwhile, Twitter India revealed the top 10 most tweeted hashtags of the year. While #Covid19 took first place, and was followed by #FarmersProtest, the list was dominated mostly by sports hashtags such as #TeamIndia, #Tokyo2020, and #IPL2021. The only film that found a place on the list was Vijay-starrer Master; it took the eighth spot.
The most tweeted films section was dominated by the South Indian industry. Master topped this list, with Ajith’s Valimai coming in second, followed by Beast, Jai Bhim, and the Telugu film Vakeel Saab.