"India came together beautifully on Twitter in 2020."
Twitter India has on December 8, 2020, released the list of the most popular topics on its platform among Indian audiences throughout the year.
Talking about how Indians used Twitter this year, Manish Maheshwari, Managing Director, Twitter India said:
“Being the year it has been, conversation on Twitter in 2020 was unique.
“Twitterati have fought against this global pandemic, rejoiced in celebratory moments and stood up for communities impacted by the pandemic.
“India came together beautifully on Twitter in 2020.
“In 2021, while the nation bounces back, we hope to continue giving everyone a voice.
“Twitter will provide a service allowing people to stay virtually engaged with what’s happening in the country and the world.”
Among the most trending topics on Twitter, a report has emerged that there were more than 7,000 Tweets per minute about TV and movies this year.
Hence, we bring you a list of the most tweeted Hindi films of 2020.
Dil Bechara (2020), an adaptation of John Green’s YA novel The Fault in Our Stars, was the most tweeted about Hindi films of the year.
Dil Bechara was also the last film of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput passed away in June 2020 before the film’s premiere.
The Bollywood film released on OTT platform Disney+ Hotstar also starred debutant actress Sanjana Sanghi.
Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone transformed on screen into Malti, an acid attack survivor.
The brave biographic drama showcased the story of the life of a person who suffers the most dreaded attack and continues to fight against it.
Prior to the release of Chhapaak, Deepika Padukone stirred controversy by attending a popular protest in India at the time.
Many acknowledged the actress for her bravery and many criticised her for using the protest as a publicity stunt for the film.
Soon the hashtag #BoycottChhapaak began to trend on Twitter.
While Chhapaak won critical acclaim upon its release, it failed to draw the crowd to theatres.
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior was an epic period film starring Bollywood actors Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan.
The film showcased the epic battle between a Maratha warrior and an evil force of Uday Bhan Singh.
The film suffered a lot of public backlash over allegedly concealing the actual lineage of Tanaji Malusare in the movie.
However, Tanhaji was still a massive success praised for the performance of its lead actors.
Thappad starring Taapsee Pannu portrayed the life of a happily married Amrita, and how one slap changed everything for her.
The movie sparked a vast debate on misogyny and normalising violence in relationships.
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl revolves around the real-life IAF female pilot, Gunjan Saxena played by Janhvi Kapoor.
The Netflix biopic on former Indian Air Force officer Gunjan Saxena raised eyebrows upon its release for its depiction of the IAF academy.
The film portrayed the IAF operating in a sexist fashion, and this did not go down well with many.
A petition was filed in the Delhi High Court for withdrawal of the movie from the streaming service, which was later denied.
Gunjan Saxena was also a centre-point of Bollywood’s nepotism debate, as Jahnvi Kapoor is the daughter of Bollywood star couple Sridevi and Boney Kapoor.
Admittedly 2020 has been a hard year for Bollywood and Hindi films on a whole amongst the Covid pandemic.
As such many films starring prominent Bollywood actors have released solely on OTT platforms marring the big screen experience.
However, Indian fans of Hindi movies have had their share entertainment in 2020 with the above being some of the most popular on Twitter.
Audiences are avidly looking forward to what 2021 may being for the industry.