The Google has announced its annual list of the Google most popular searched Movies across the globe, which offers a peek into the movies that created ripples in 2017. Baahubali has landed in the seventh rank in the top 10 searches, while IT, Wonder Woman, Beauty and the Best, Logan, Justice League and The Fate of the Furious held first six spots, respectively.
Baahubali 2 has beaten Hollywood movies like Dunkirk, La La Land, and Thor: Ragnorok, which have graced eighth, ninth and tenth ranks, respectively. Interestingly, this is the only Indian movie to make it to the list of Google’s global rankings of the films. This is another big record for the film, which has already set several international records for Indian movies.
It seems that the country couldn’t get the ‘Why did Katappa kill Baahubali’ question out of its collective head because of Baahubali 2, the sequel to the blockbuster, was the most searched query of this year. Every year, the search engine brings out its ‘Year in Search’ report to give a glimpse of the news, events, and trends that dominated the discourse.
Here’s Google Most Popular Searched top 10 trending queries from India:
1) Baahubali 2: The follow-up to 2015’s super hit was one of the year’s most awaited films. The original epic drama became India’s highest-grossing film, earning over Rs. 650 crores worldwide. Ticket prices for Baahubali 2 were hiked up and extra shows arranged in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu to keep up with the demand.
2) Indian Premier League: Launched in 2007, the IPL quickly became an important fixture in the cricketing calendar. The Mumbai Indians, captained by Rohit Sharma, won the title this year after a fierce contest with Rising Pune Supergiants.
In its tenth year, there was the talk of IPL losing its sheen, but its appearance on the number 2 spot says that it is still able to hold audience interest. Take a look at our cool interactive that charts ten years of IPL’s tangled history.
3) Live Cricket Score: Do you even need to ask? At one time, it was radio. Then came the television. Now, every single time India plays a cricket match, a horde of cricket-crazy Indians turn to Google for the latest scores and updates.
4) Dangal: The Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal, based on the struggles of boxers Geeta and Babita Phogat, knocked its competition out of the ring. The movie received critical acclaim as well as box-office success.The film became a rage in neighboring China as well and even earned a rare stamp of approval from Chinese president Xi Jinping, who told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he had liked the film on his trip to India.
5) Half Girlfriend: The Shradda Kapoor-Arjun Kapoor-starrer may have fallen short of the famed Rs 100 crore mark, but the film generated a great amount of interest before its release. Based on the book by Chetan Bhagat, Half Girlfriend was the story of a scion from a zamindar family falling in love with a rich, lonely girl. It was only a half success, however, as its cliched storytelling let audiences down.
6) Badrinath ki Dulhania: A romance starring Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan, their third outing together, had a good run at the box office, while the film’s remix of 80’s hit Tamma Tamma played in every club.
7) Munna Michael: A damp squib at the box office, the Tiger Shroff starrer was one of the year’s big disappointments. This is the only top ten list Munna Michael will make it to as the film was universally panned.
8) Jagga Jasoos: The Anurag Basu-film was one on the audience’s radar for its Ranbir-Katrina pairing as well as the director and actor pairing which delighted with Barfi. While our reviewer though the film unfolded like ‘a beautiful fairytale’, the musical fantasy wasn’t to everyone’s taste.
9) Champions Trophy: Indians clutched their hearts in disappointment as arch-rivals Pakistan took the Champions Trophy home. This was by far the year’s biggest, watched-with-bated-breath sporting event!
10) Raees: ‘Baniye ka Dimaag, Miyan Bhai ki daring’. This line in the trailer had made sure audiences were hooked, waiting for the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Raees to release. The film didn’t exactly bring the house down, but did find critical acclaim, especially for SRK’s turn as a bootlegger, what many termed as ‘India’s Pablo Escobar’.