Photos: Top 10 Indian Twitteratis
The Bollywood megastar leads the pack with over 15 million Twitter followers being the first B-Town celebrity to do so. Big B achieved this milestone in June this year. The 72-year-old thespian's Twitter account became live in May, 2010 and ever since has been a one stop destination for his fans to connect, interact and engage with the actor. Followed by stars like Mukesh Bhatt, Sridevi, Dilip Kumar and Madhuri Dixit among others, the actor is one of the most frequent user of the micro-blogging website. Bachchan was awarded the Social Media Person of the Year earlier this year in January for his Twitter presence.
The Badshah of Bollywood's Twitter following crossed the 13 million mark in May this year. The actor thanked his fans with a video tweet in which he appeared shirtless with a stubble and donning shades. On the social media platform, the actor shares tidbits about his work, his family, his Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders and especially his youngest son AbRam. His photo with international singer Zayn Malik, which was tweeted by SRK in April has become the most retweeted and favourited photograph by an Indian celebrity.
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, or NaMo as he's fondly called by Twitter users is the third most followed world leader just behind President Barack Obama and The Pope with over 13.7 million followers. Since his election in May 2014, Modi's account has moved into the top three most followed Twitter accounts of world leaders, according to a recent study conducted by website Twiplomacy in April this year. In another study conducted in December 2014, PM Modi's tweet following his victory in the elections last year, "India has won! Bharat ki vijay! Achhe din aane wale hai" remains the most retweeted tweet on Twitter till date from India.
Aamir Khan made his Twitter debut after being persuaded to join by Amitabh Bachchan on July 1, 2010. Big B conviced Aamir to join the micro-blogging website during a casual dinner and even taught him how to send tweets through his phone. His 'Mann' co-star Anil Kapoor was instrumental in helping him find his way around Twitter by gifting a book about celebrities on Twitter and why they joined it. Following this the 'pk' actor began tweeting regulary and now has over 13.6 million followers. Furthermore, 'pk' was touted as the first Bollywood film to have an official audio teaser getting promoted by the producers on Twitter using its audio card feature. The promo of the third season of the actor's TV show 'Satyamev Jayate' was launched exclusively on the micro-blogging site. The show's maiden episode occupied the 'top five trends' on its debut in 2012.
The 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' actor has completed 5 years on Twitter and commands an ardent following of over 12.9 million supporters. Bollywood's 'Dabangg' man caught the Twitter-bug on April 2010 and was immediately followed by over 800 users just minutes after logging in and making his first tweet. The move came after brother Arbaaz Khan encourage him to join. Salman contemplated quitting Twitter in September the same year, after his controversial remarks on the 26/11 terror attack attracted the ire of many. In June this year, Salman threatend to quit Twitter after getting upset over fans trolling contemporaries Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan. The public squabbling over the order of Khans at the top three positions in box office has angered him.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is quite a hit on social media. The pontiff has over 11.5 million followers after joining Twitter in February 2009. Dalai LamaÃ¢ÂÂs Twitter account managed by his team of technological experts, including his official photographer Tenzin Choejor. The teachings of the Dalai Lama, the global face of the Tibetan exile movement, on ethics, non-violence, peace and religious harmony have made him one of 20th centuryÃ¢ÂÂs most popular and revered figures. The phenomenal fan following is all the more significant as his private office, based in this northern Indian town, Dharamsala, believes extensive use of social media helps in reaching out to the netizens worldwide.
The 'Piku' actress, who has acquired more than 10.9 million followers joined Twitter in January 2010. Immediately after joinging, Deepika followed 'Karthik Calling Karthik' co-star Farhan Akhtar first. Dippy actively promoted her films, 'Cocktail', 'Chennai Express', 'Finding Fanny' and many others on the site and only surfaces online when her film is about to hit the marquee. She received overwhelming support from the Bollywood fraternity after lashing out at a leading daily newspaper for objectification of women's body by tweeting about her cleavage in September 2014 with the tweet, "YES!I am a Woman.I have breasts AND a cleavage! You got a problem!!??". She followed that up with, "Dont talk about Woman's Empowerment when YOU don't know how to RESPECT Women!"
The 'Dil Dhadakne Do' actress' Twitter account has over 10 million followers. The actress-turned-singer, who joined the micro-blogging website in January 2009 amassed 7 million followers by September 2014 making her the fourth most popular Indian celebrity on Twitter at the time.
The 'Bang Bang' actor, who joined Twitter on February 2010, crossed over 10 million followers in late June this year. Hrithik Roshan became a victim of heavy trolling in May after tweeting about the 'The Dress' months after the raging debate over whether it was white and gold or black and blue died down. Within moments of his tweet, Ã¢ÂÂWhite and gold ? Or blue and black? Ask around,Ã¢ÂÂ Roshan became the butt of jokes and one of the top trending topics on the microblogging website. A couple of weeks later, he landed himself in trouble by posting an inaccurate tweet about the Manipur attack and thus faced Twitterati's wrath once again.
The last on the list is Bollywood's resident action man Akshay Kumar, who has over 9.14 million Twitter followers. The 'Brothers' was initated into Twitter in April 2009 by wife Twinkle Khanna. Unlike other B-Town stars who are in top gear on the social networking site, the Khiladi prefers to lie low. He posts his tweets only when he has something specific to say - mostly when he is shooting. Though he has been tweeting for years, Akshay was initially not keen interacting with other B-Town folk like the rest do. His posts are only for his fans. Like most Bollywood stars he shares the first looks of his upcoming films on Twitter among other things. He recently shared pictures of him holidaying in France with his family.