We spent much of 2015 searching for personalities on the internet. But who was the one person who got the maximum number of searches? Who were the most searched Indian celebrities in 2015.
No. 10: Narendra Modi:
The Prime Minister stormed to the Prime Minister’s office in 2014, and has been active on social media. Whether it is his international trips, or the various initiatives like Mann ki Baat, Narendra Modi has remained in the news, and debuts on the list of most searched celebrities in 2015 at No. 10.
No. 9: Alia Bhatt
While Alia Bhatt shot to internet virality with her video with AIB last year, she has remained in the news, thanks to her films releasing. Whether it is rumours, social media, or being linked to her co-stars, it is no surprise that Alia Bhatt is among the most searched celebrities of 2015, coming in at No.9.
No. 8: Kajal Aggarwal
With three releases in 2015, Kajal Agarwal managed to stay in the list of most searched celebrities for the year 2015. One of the most important reasons for Kajal Agarwal making the list is her popularity among both north and south Indians. She has a release coming up in 2016 in Hindi, and three films releasing in South India, which means we might see Kajal Agarwal in the list yet again!
No. 7: Yo Yo Honey Singh
Hirdesh Singh, the 32 year old singer who has taken the nation by storm as Honey Singh, features on No.7 on the list of most searched celebrities in India. While Honey Singh had three film songs releasing this year, it was his private single Dheere Dheere, starring Hrithik Roshan and Sonam Kapoor that brought him back into the news. There were also rumours about Honey Singh being admitted into a rehab programme for his drugs habit, but it was dismissed as mere rumours.
No. 6: Shah Rukh Khan:
With one release in 2015 – Dilwale – Shah Rukh Khan got much needed eyeballs for his film that featured him and Kajol together. However, apart from the film release, he also released trailers for his 2016 films – Raees and Fan. He was also in the news for his statements on intolerance, which were distorted and caused a furore in the country.
No. 5: Deepika Padukone:
If there is one actress who remained in the news through the year, it was her. First, it was her My Choice video, which brought feminists and chauvinists at loggerheads on social media. This was followed by three releases – Piku, Tamasha, and Bajirao Mastani. Deepika Padukone won rave reviews for her roles in all the three films, and also voiced her opinion on issues like journalistic ethics and depression. It is hardly a surprise that she is among the Top 5 celebrities of the year.
No. 4: Katrina Kaif:
Katrina Kaif had only one release this year – the poorly received Phantom. However, she remained in the news thanks to her product endorsements, and gossip mills running overdrive about her status with Ranbir Kapoor. Katrina Kaif has three important films coming up in 2016, and she might remain in the Top 10 list for the coming few years too!
No. 3: APJ Abdul Kalam:
One celebrity who is respected across ages, regions and demographies, APJ Abdul Kalam left this world this year, which led to huge tributes on the internet. Abdul Kalam was a favourite among students and children in the country, and it is only fitting that he left his body while doing what he loved the most, addressing students and inspiring them.
No. 2: Salman Khan:
With two releases this year in the form of Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Salman Khan made sure he clinched the headlines throughout the year. He was also in the news for being acquitted in the Drink and Drive case where a person was killed. Whether good or bad, Salman Khan proves that there is nothing like publicity.
No. 1: Sunny Leone:
Now, this is hardly a surprise, as we proved that as a nation, we are obsessed with Sunny Leone. She had topped the list last year as well, and 2015 was no different, with two releases in form of Kuch Kuch Locha Hai and Ek Paheli Leela. Sunny Leone is also the brand ambassador for a number of products, and remains the most searched celebrity in India.