Jai Bhim, the Tamil film starring actor Suriya, topped the list of movies that trended on Google this year in India, as per the ‘Year in Search 2021’ stats released by the search engine.
It is followed by Hindi biographical war drama Shershaah, featuring actors Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani.
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.
Other films that garnered a place in the Google list were, in order, Radhe, Bell Bottom, Eternals, Master, Sooryavanshi, Godzilla vs Kong, Drishyam 2, and Bhuj: The Pride of India.
Eternals grabbed the first place in the corresponding global list of top-trending films. It was followed by Black Widow and Dune.
The global list of TV shows that trended the most was led by Netflix’s Korean series Squid Game and Bridgerton.
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.
Other film-related personalities who grabbed a spot on the list were Shehnaaz Gill (3rd), Raj Kundra (4th), Vicky Kaushal (6th), and Natasha Dalal (10th).
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.
Twitter’s most retweeted tweet in entertainment also belongs to Vijay for his post unveiling the first look of his upcoming film Beast. It was also the most liked tweet in entertainment for the year.
Mahesh Babu’s post on his upcoming film Sarkaru Vaari Paata was revealed to be the most quote tweeted post in entertainment for the year.
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.
Twitter also revealed the most tweeted Hindi actors. Alia Bhatt (female) and Sonu Sood (male) led the respective lists.