Retaining the title of the ‘most followed Indian’ on Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be closing 2017 with over 3.75 crore followers. The Prime Minister has witnessed a 52% ‘follower growth’ since 2016, a report by the micro-blogging website, Twitter said on Tuesday.
However, growth in number of followers was the highest for Virat Kohli at 61% and Sachin Tendulkar at 56%.
“While actor Akshay Kumar leaped ahead of Aamir Khan, the list also witnessed the entry of two of India’s biggest cricketers, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli,” Twitter said.
Amitabh Bachchan remained the second most followed Indian on Twitter. As on December 4, Big B had 3.15 crore followers which has a registered 34% rise. Following Bachchan was Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan who each had 3 crore and 2.85 crore followers respectively.
Four of the top 10 hashtag trends on Twitter were related to Cricket. In the entertainment genre, the movie Baahubali 2 and Mersal gained popularity.
“After becoming the first-ever Tamil film to get a custom Twitter emoji, #Mersal succeeded in crossing over 1.7 Million (17 lakh) Tweets in three days and generated colossal engagement from the fans of South Indian cinema,” Twitter said.
Big Boss season 11, a reality series on Indian Television was also one of the most talked about shows in the world, the report said.
The controversy around Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film – biopic on Rani Padmavati – created a national conversation on Freedom of Speech and democracy.
One of the most controversial subjects under news and politics to take Twitter by storm operated under the hashtag ‘Diwali’. After the ban of crackers in the national capital region of India #Diwali started trending with debates galore.
“For the first time, Diwali emoji on Twitter was available in 7 different regional languages, enabling Indians to express themselves in their own language,” Twitter said.