This might make you feel a little old. Remember a world when there were no smartphones in every hand, using the internet blew up your phone bill and you were still looking forward to every episode of Indian Idol season 1.
While F.R.I.E.N.D.S had ended, Facebook was introduced and it clearly was a year that changed our world completely. Indian TV saw a sitcom like never before - Sarabhai vs Sarabhai - that came like a breath of fresh air in a year where 'saas-bahu' sagas had hijacked the television. And CID had broken a Guinness World Record the same year!
Here are 10 pop-culture-y things that turn 10 this year.
Facebook: Social media did not exist back then. Facebook was thefacebook back in 2004 and was founded on February 4. Mark Zuckerberg along with his Harvard University college roommates limited the site’s membership only to Harvard students but later expanded it to other colleges. The social networking website has over 1.3 billion active users today.
The last episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S: The last episode of “Friends” was the fourth most-watched television series finale in U.S. history when it aired May 6, 2004, bringing an endto Central Perk and the TV lives of Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe.
Mean Girls: The 2004 American teen comedy released at a time when Lindsay Lohan was still featuring in successful Hollywood movies. 10 years later dialogues from the movie are still quoted widely because it was ‘so fetch!’
Indian Idol: The first season of Indian Idol aired in October 2004. The same year when you were still texting and rooting for Abhijeet Sawant, Amit Sana, Rahul Vaidya and Prajakta Shukre.
CID Guinness World Record episode: C.I.D. set a record on 7 November 2004, when B. P. Singh entered the Limca Book of Records and Guinness Book of World Records for filming an entire episode named “The Inheritance” / C.I.D. 111 in a single shot of 111 minutes without a single cut. The episode was shot between 6:30 PM IST and 8:20 PM IST on 8 October 2004 at Lonavala in Mumbai. and was telecast on Sunday, 7 November 2004, without a break, from 8 PM IST to 10 PM IST C.I.D.
Sarabhai vs Sarabhai premiered: The sitcom changed the way we had seen comedy on Indian TV. On 8 November 2004, the first episode of Sarabhai vs Sarabhai was aired. Rosesh Sarabhai’s poetry and Monisha’s Sarabhai’s middle class antics, the posh Maya Sarabhai and the naughty Indravadan Sarabhai are characters we won’t forget for a long time.
The first Dhoom movie: When Dhoom was released in 2004, we didn’t know it would sparka trilogy of Bollwyood’s top-grossers. Abhishek Bachchan floored everyone as the cop and John Abraham was a thief you could never hate. The movie also gave Uday Chopra’s career a new lease of life.
Google was a search engine. Google Maps were still a year away from birth. It was only in 2005 that this location assistance feature came to the geographically challenged person’s rescue.
Nokia was the king of the mobile phone market. The Nokia 6600 with a camera was the first camera phone of its kind and sold over a million units by 2004!
Numb, Linkin Park: The song may be looked down upon today by the rock music connoiseurs today, but don’t lie – you still know the lyrics by heart and would totally sing along if you were alone in a room.