For the fourth consecutive year, the former adult film star and current Bollywood actress has been perched atop Google’s Most Searched People in India list. “Sunny Leone – Desi Porn , SunnyLeone.com” is the first website that pops up when you type in her name in the search engine. Notwithstanding the temporary ban on porn and other assorted websites India saw earlier this year, she has not been displaced at the top. Apart from the usual reasons, Leone also starred in the very forgettable Ek Paheli Leela and Kuch Kuch Locha Hain this year, but most people still probably search for her previous hits. She was also the most searched Bollywood actress, obviously.
In 2014, Salman ‘Bhai’ Khan was No 3 but this year, just like his Bharjatiya alter ego ‘Prem’, has returned to the second spot he occupied in 2013. This was a big year for him – Salman Khan had three major releases – Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and the 2002 hit-and-run case. Apart from earning crores at the box office, the courtroom drama of a brief conviction and sentence followed by the High Court acquittal in the 13-year old case with several court appearances were enough to keep him high in the national conscious.
The former President and probably one of the most loved politicians, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, in the country passed away in July this year, while delivering a lecture to students in Shillong. What followed was an outpouring of united emotion rarely seen in India, with people and institutions paying their respect to the India’s Missile Man. From his passing, to his state funeral and the tributes such as renaming Aurangzeb Road and missiles after him, it comes as no surprise that Kalam’s name is on this list.
Second only to Sunny Leone among Bollywood actresses, Katrina Kaif has maintained her No 4 position from 2014. Although her only film of 2015, Kabir Khan’s Phantom with Saif Ali Khan, failed to make any impact on the box office or critic reviews, Katrina was talked about because of her relationship with Ranbir Kapoor.
It is safe to say that in an industry dominated by male ‘superstars’, Deepika Padukone is a certified star in her own right. All the films she has been part of since Cocktail in 2012 have been well-received, either at the box office or by the critics and sometimes even both. This year, she starred in the much acclaimed, female-centric film Piku alongside Amitabh Bachchan, topped it up with her performance in Tamasha with Ranbir Kapoor (who himself said he banked on her box office luck for a hit), has looked stunning as the warrior-queen Mastani in whatever we have seen of Bajirao Mastani so far, spoken about her struggle with depression and set up a foundation, came up much-discussed ‘My Choice’ video. Fair to say, Deepika Padukone is here to stay, in news and on Google. She is also No 3 on the most searched Bollywood actress list.
Bollywood’s Badshah is No 2 on the list of most searched actors and even lower at six on the most searched people in India, which is an improvement from 2014 when he was eighth. He has not had a release so far this year, but he aims to end 2015 with Dilwale, renewing his iconic pair with Kajol, exactly 20 years after Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. He was also dominated headlines with the infamous ‘intolerance’ debate when at a media interaction on his 50th birthday he said that there is growing intolerance in India.
If you have searched for Yo Yo Honey Singh on Google, even if it is only to check out his abysmal rendition of the 90s hit Dheere Dheere , you are guilty… of keeping him on this list. 2015 was quite a topsy-turvy year for the musician, with a rift with Raftaar over song credit and talks of him being in rehab, but he made his mark in Bollywood with the aforementioned remix, and item songs for Gabbar is Back and Bhaag Johnny.
It is so Surprising to find her in the top 10 list, especially considering she isn’t in the top 10 Bollywood actress list. But then Kajal Aggwawal was probably not the search term several people types to get the actress, primarily known for films in South Indian cinema, in this list.
Alia Bhatt was sixth on last year’s list with hit films such as 2 States, Highway and Humpty Sharma ki Dulhaniya. In comparison, she had only one film in 2015 and Shaandaar was probably one of the biggest duds of the year (For all the hype, Vikas Bahl and Shahid Kapoor) However, she managed to be among the top five Bollywood actresses on Google’s list, confirming that despite flops, she is one to watch out for.
Look who is on the No 10 position on the last of most searched Indian falling from the No 2 position in 2014. In his second year as prime minister Narendra Modi, moved down eight spaces in the list. Modi had an eventful year with foreign visits, Bihar election campaigning and Parliamentary appearances. But clearly, he has been in the news so regularly, maybe one didn’t even have to search for him on Google.