#ThisHappened2020: Fans brought movies in South India alive on Twitter!
- Vijay’s (@actorvijay) Tweet of a selfie with his fans is the ‘Most Retweeted Tweet of 2020’
- Mahesh Babu’s (@urstrulymahesh) birthday wish for PawanKalyan (@PawanKalyan) was the Most Retweeted Tweet by a Telugu Star
- Vijay (@actorvijay) and Mahesh Babu (@urstrulymahesh) were the most mentioned male Tamil and Telugu stars, respectively; while Keerthy Suresh (@KeerthyOfficial) topped the female stars’ lists
- #Master emerged as the most Tweeted about movie in a South Indian language
14 December, 2020: 2020 has been an unparalleled experience for everyone, putting a pause on many things. However, even the pandemic couldn’t hold back the excitement of movie enthusiasts across India’s Southern states. Tamil and Telugu entertainment fandoms own a particularly massive space on Twitter, which only keeps growing by the year. This year too, Twitter brought fans closer to their favourite stars by giving them a space to connect, have a conversation, and navigate the year together.
From spreading awareness about the pandemic and entertaining their audiences, to sharing movie release plans, 2020 enabled South Indian cinema to engage a lot more with their admirers. Fans, too, left no stone unturned in showing their love for their favourites. Let’s take a look at the most popular conversations from the world of Tamil and Telugu entertainment on Twitter:
#ThisHappened: Top Tweets in Tamil and Telugu Entertainment
*Methodology: Identified based on the total number of Retweets / Likes / Quote Tweets by Twitter accounts in India between Jan 1 to Nov 15, 2020.
Most Retweeted Tweet from a Tamil star: Vijay’s selfie with his fans from February 2020.
#ThisHappened: Most mentioned actors in South Indian cinema in 2020
*Methodology: Ranked by number of total Tweets mentioning this handle on Twitter in India from Jan 1 to Nov 15, 2020.
Several stars turned to Twitter to keep audiences informed and contribute to the awareness around the pandemic. Others kept fans on Twitter posted on all things work – announcing movies, sharing behind-the-scenes updates, and more. Here are the most mentioned stars across South Indian entertainment on Twitter in 2020.
Most Retweeted Tweet from a Telugu star: Mahesh Babu’s birthday wish to PawanKalyan
Most mentioned South Indian actors of 2020
#ThisHappened: Most Tweeted about South Indian movies in 2020
*Methodology: Ranked by number of total Tweets by unique authors using this hashtag on Twitter in India from Jan 1 to Nov 15, 2020. This list includes movies released in 2020 and those scheduled to release in 2021.
Many movie releases were delayed this year thanks to the pandemic. Some new movies were also announced, stirring up excitement from ardent fans across Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam cinema. Devotees stayed glued to Twitter, keeping a close eye on these developments and evolving release dates. Here are the most Tweeted about movies that were either released in 2020, or were intended to be released in 2020, and were announced for release in 2021:
- #Master – Expected in 2020, but delayed because of the pandemic, Vijay’s (@actorvijay) movie #Master is one of the most anticipated Tamil releases of 2021. The release of songs and trailers across the year managed to garner love from fans with the movie topping conversation charts in 2020.
- #VakeelSaab – Marking the comeback of Telugu actor PawanKalyan (@PawanKalyan), the movie#VakeelSaab is a remake of the Hindi movie, Pink. The release of the movie’s motion poster received heaps of praises and immense love from fans on Twitter.
- #Valimai – Ajith fans took to Twitter to share their happiness about the upcoming film and developments related to the movie throughout the year. The film facilitated conversations around the actor’s birthday and the announcement that they were resuming shooting.
- #SarkaruVaariPaata – Director ParasuramPetla and music composer Thaman S (@MusicThaman) took to Twitter and shared the motion poster of the much-anticipated movie on Mahesh Babu’s (@urstrulyMahesh) birthday which received immense love and admiration from fans.
- #SooraraiPottru – Starring actors Suriya (@Suriya_offl) and AparnaBalamurali (@Aparnabala2), #SooraraiPottru was one of 2020’s biggest and most talked about releases. Tamil fans declared the movie a masterpiece on Twitter while praising the performances of lead actors.
- #RRR – Starring actors N. T. Rama Rao Jr. (@tarak9999), Ram Charan (@AlwaysRamCharan) and Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08), the periodaction drama written and directed by SS Rajamouli (@ssrajamouli) led discussions on Twitter as people Tweeted about various updates related to the movie.
- #Pushpa – The upcoming Telugu film with Allu Arjun (@alluarjun) and RashmikaMandanna (@iamRashmika) in lead roles is one of the most awaited movies of 2021. Fans shared their delight and excitement as the film commenced shooting in Nov 2020. The first look, released earlier in the year, garnered strong positive reviews from fans on Twitter.
- #SarileruNeekevvaru – Starring Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh), RashmikaMandanna (@iamRashmika) and Vijayashanti, SarileruNeekevvaru won massive love from fans after its release this year. Even before the release, Mahesh Babu’s (@urstrulyMahesh) army-look had fans eagerly waiting for the movie.
- #KGFChapter2 – A sequel to the successful 2018 film K.G.F, #KGFChapter2 stars actors Yash (@TheNameIsYash) and Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay). Makers of the movie shared a teaser poster along with a special announcement. Ardent fans of Yash (@TheNameIsYash) took to the service to discuss the movie, making #KGFChapter2 one of the leading conversation topics on Twitter.
- #Darbar – The Tamil action thriller starring superstar Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) released in January of 2020. Fans were quick to catch the movie and flooded Twitter with their reviews, praising Thalaiva’s performance and pouring love for him.