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Colors was the most-mentioned channel on Twitter in 2014

MUMBAI: Microblogging site Twitter acted as a real-time soundtrack to the biggest TV and entertainment moments as they unfolded in the world. Whether it was Salman Khan’s tweet for releasing trailer of his movie ‘Kick’ or Rajinikanth joining Twitter, what happened in the world of entertainment and television was simultaneously happening on Twitter.

In India, TV is primarily dominated by drama. Colors is the most-mentioned channel on Twitter in 2014, followed by Zee TV and then Star Plus.

 RANK
TWITTER HANDLE
NAME OF CHANNEL
1@colorstvColors TV
2@zeetvZee TV
3@starplusStar Plus
4@zoomtvZoom TV
5@sonytvSony TV

Television personalities: In India, reality and drama are the two genres that are most dominant. Therefore, comedian Kapil Sharma featuring at the top of the most-followed TV celebrities is not surprising:   

RANK
NAME
TWITTER HANDLE
FOLLOWERS
1Kapil Sharma@kapilsharmak91,717,777
2Mandira Bedi@mandybedi493,190
 3Anusha Dandekar@vjanusha328,262
4Nikhil Chinapa@nikhilchinapa283,073
5Gaurav Kapur@gauravkapur261,803
6rannvijay singha@rannvijaysingha191,848
7Manish Paul@manishpaul03175,737
8Karan Wahi@karan009wahi149,396
9Karan Kundra@kkundra129,095
10Ram Kapoor@ramkapoor127,717

As 2014 comes to a close, Twitter is looking back at the year on Twitter at 2014.twitter.com/India. The site also showcases the year from the perspective of some of the most prolific Twitter users, including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Sachin Tendulkar.

The most spoken-of moment on Twitter among entertainment vertical was when Rajinikanth joined Twitter. With over 200,000 followers in the first 24 hours and now over 1.1 million in total, it’s clear that he has many loyal fans both off and on Twitter.

RANK
DATE
MOMENT
104 - May -14Rajinikanth joins Twitter with a message of thanks to his legion of fans and has over 200,000 followers within the first 24 hours

Top 5 most-mentioned TV personalities: Popular on TV as well as on Twitter, Kapil Sharma has not just topped this list, but is also one of the fastest-rising TV personalities too. He is closely followed by Chef Vikas Khanna, who is also popular for his charm and sharp looks.

RANK
TWITTER HANDLE
NAME
1@kapilsharmak9Kapil Sharma
2@thevikaskhannaVikas Khanna
3@kkundraKaran Kundra
4@karan009wahiKaran Wahi
5@kritika_kamraKritika Kamra

Top 5 most-mentioned media personalities: In a news-dominant nation, journalists make for influencers as well as change agents. The top most-mentioned journalists for 2014 are listed below. It is fascinating to see Harsha Bhogle as part of this list, given that he is popular for his commentary as well as his opinion and contributory article in leading publications and magazines. It is also intriguing to note that all mentioned are related to TV than print, Harsha being the exception.

 RANK
TWITTER HANDLE
NAME
1@sardesairajdeepRajdeep Sardesai
2@bduttBarkha Dutt
3@rahulkanwalRahul Kanwal
4@sagarikaghoseSagarika Ghose
5@bhogleharshaHarsha Bhogle

Top 10 most-followed Bollywood users: Some of the most-followed Indians from the entertainment industry are:

 RANK
NAME
TWITTER HANDLE
FOLLOWERS
1Amitabh Bachchan@srbachchan11,881,345
2Shah Rukh Khan@iamsrk10,296,567
3Aamir Khan@aamir_khan9,925,022
4Salman Khan@beingsalmankhan9,475,555
5Deepika Padukone@deepikapadukone8,399,197
6Priyanka Chopra@priyankachopra7,951,533
7Hrithik Roshan@ihrithik7,616,018
8Akshay Kumar@akshaykumar6,721,957
9AR Rahman@arrahman5,640,762
10Sonam Kapoor@sonamakapoor5,380,568