2020 has been the year of online searches.
This year, the pandemic kept India’s families, and their entertainments, indoors. Yahoo search saw a manifold spike in users searching for varied topics, but mostly on movies and TV shows this year.
Here’s a recap of the top 10 movies and TV shows that were searched for in 2020.
At number 10, we have the gritty tale from India’s hinterland that has taken the nickname, ‘Game of Thrones of India’.
9. Shakuntala Devi
Vidya Balan has immortalised the role of the quick thinking, fast talking, open minded mathematics genius, Shakuntala Devi. The film was indeed one of the best films of the year.
8. Street Dancer 3D
Starring Varun Dhawan, Shradha Kapoor, Prabhu Deva and Nora Fattehi, Street Dancer 3D was a 2020 dance film directed by Remo D'Souza. The film was released on January 2020.
7. Bigg Boss
With the current season of Bigg Boss underway, fans are also searching for content from the earlier seasons as well.
The drama, love angles, fights and friendships are getting lapped up by the Indian audience.
Must-read Bigg Boss content:
6. Baaghi 3
Tiger Shroff's latest release Baaghi 3 started off with a bang but was severely affected due to the coronavirus outbreak. The film, which ended up making Rs 93 crore at the box office was anticipated to make much more. Now, Tiger Shroff has opened up about it in a recent interview:
“I am half disappointed because our hard work couldn’t reach its potential. However, I am satisfied because the bigger picture is the safety of our people and the government has made amazing decisions to follow that through. Let’s see, once the situation settles, perhaps we may re-release.”
5. The Kapil Sharma Show
The new and improved Kapil Sharma is back, fresh from his wedding and then fatherhood.
Recently, the popular talk show host is under fire again when Bharti Singh, one of the participants of the show, was arrested along with her husband, Harsh, for possession of drugs.
The return of mythological shows on TV during lockdown has turned out to be a masterstroke. Moti Sagar, who is Ramanand Sagar's son, helped his father on the Ramayan show, talks about the success pattern of these shows to News18, “During the pandemic, there is a fear in everyone whether they admit it or not. In this period of time, they need to see something from where they can get strength to fight the fear. And then the Gods or mythological shows directly connect with our people in India.”
3. Dil Bechara
Dil Bechara was possibly the most anticipated film of 2020. As the late Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film before he died by suicide, fans and followers alike had a lot of interest in this film.
Star Plus' Mahabharat was the talk of the town, when it was premiered on television during the lockdown. Along with Shri Krishna and Ramayan, it remains one of the highest viewed television series in history.
1. Tarak Mehta Ka Ulta Chashma
In spite of several replacements, disgruntled actors, and problems on set, including cast and crew getting diagnosed with COVID, Tarak Mehta Ka Ulta Chashma continues to rule the TRP charts as well as the search charts this year.
It is obvious that shows Tarak and Kapil Sharma provided some laughs during the gloom of the lockdown, and fans have kept up with both popular shows, in spite of all the controversies that surrounded them.