5 viral YouTube videos keeping India entertained during coronavirus lockdown

As the COVID-19 crisis called for a nation-wide lockdown, Indians flocked to the internet and social media platforms like YouTube to look for some comfort and laughter.

First, it was the janata curfew, and then the 21-day lockdown. The coronavirus crisis might have turned people’s lives upside down in the country, but not their spirits. 

As more people stay at home amid the coronavirus pandemic, Indians are making the most of their quarantine time by turning to popular social media platforms like YouTube to chill and feel positive. 

While YouTube offers a wide range of videos – movies, documentaries, educational videos, music videos, artists, comedians, celebrities and even news - what did Indians choose? 

With combined views stacking up to over 60 million views, here are the top 5 YouTube videos that kept people entertained this week.

Lockdown with Parivar by Ashish Chanchlani

Comedian and Youtuber Ashish Chanchlani, known for his YouTube channel ‘Ashish Chanchlani Vines’, has come up with a video to describe how it is to be locked down with your family during the coronavirus pandemic.

From silly WhatsApp forwards and passive-aggressive comments to sarcasm, the former-Viner has created comedy out of a relatable experience in his latest video called ‘Lockdown with Parivar’. 

Apart from the much-needed comic relief, he has also reiterated guidelines through the video about the pandemic such as maintaining social distancing, staying home, and the best practices to follow to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Check the video here.

Badshah - Genda Phool by Sony Music India

Rapper Badshah and actress Jacqueline Fernandez have come together with a new song called Genda Phool. The video has garnered a lot of views amid the coronavirus lockdown, and was one of the most-viewed videos on YouTube this week. 

A still from the song 'Genda Phool' featuring Jacqueline Fernandes.

The song’s vocals are by Badshah and Payal Dev, and Jacqueline’s flawless lip-syncing to the Bengali lyrics in the song has got viewers across the country raving about it. Described as ‘a steamy track with a distinct folk melody fused with uber urban sounds’, Genda Phool is setting the vibe for music lovers across the country. 

Check the video here.

RRR Motion Poster - Kannada by Vaaraahi Chalana Chitram

SS Rajamouli’s upcoming Kannada movie RRR, which is set to release on January 8, 2021, is already causing a stir after the release of its motion poster. 

Starring NTR, Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt, and Olivia Morris, this much-anticipated movie is giving us something to look forward to while we wait for the coronavirus crisis to end. Garnering over a million views and 70,000 likes for just its poster release, we can only imagine how exciting the upcoming promotional releases will be like!

Click here to see the video.

Pandaga Sir Pandaga Anthe by ETV Telugu India

The outbreak of Covid-19 cast a dark spell on Ugadi celebrations this year. The festival turned out to be a low-key affair with the lockdown ordered by the central government to stem the spread of coronavirus.

However, to keep people’s spirits up, ETV Telugu decided to organise a special Ugadi event called ‘Pandaga Sir Pandaga Anthe’ on March 25. The two-hour Ugadi special episode was broadcasted both on television and on YouTube. Featuring popular Telugu actors like Sudigali Sudheer, Aadhi, and Srimukhi, the star-studded episode kept the mood celebratory despite the lockdown.

Click here to see the video.

Bhula Dunga by Darshan Raval

For those of you missing your loved ones in this period of social-distancing and lockdown, singer-composer Darshan Raval’s latest track Bhula Dunga is definitely striking a chord. 

The song by Indie Music Label, which features Bigg Boss stars Sidharth Shukla and Shehnaaz Gill, has crossed over 30 million views in just a few days of its release.

Check the video here.

(Edited by Megha Reddy)


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