India Today : Dec 11, 2019, 04:30 PM
Google India has released its annual Year in Search 2019 list in several categories including movies, personalities, songs, sports events and news. As far as the most searched personalities list is concerned, Abhinandan Varthaman occupied the first spot followed by Lata Mangeshkar and Yuvraj Singh. It shouldn't be surprising that Ranu Mondal's name appeared in the list as well considering the fact that the singer made headlines since August consistently.Anand Kumar, Vicky Kaushal and Tara Sutaria were also named in the list as the internet was interested in updates about the mathematician and the aforementioned actors.In this piece, we list the 10 most searched personalities on Google in 2019 and the reason why they trended furiously on the internet.1. Abhinandan VarthamanIn February, India stayed hooked to every word and every development on Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. During an aerial battle, Abhinandan shot down a Pakistani F-16 near the Line of Control (LoC), following which his own aircraft, a MiG-21 Bison, had been hit by a missile. Abhinandan, thereafter, was captured by Pakistani security forces but was released around 60 hours later at the Wagah border after pressure mounted on Pakistan from all over the world.2. Lata MangeshkarLata Mangeshkar swiftly made it to the second spot on the most searched personalities list despite being in the news since November. The 90-year-old singer has been one of the top trends ever since she was hospitalised on November 11 after being diagnosed with pneumonia. Meanwhile, rumours of the legendary singer's death surfaced as concerned fans enquired about the veracity of the news on Twitter. Mangeshkar's niece Rachana stepped in soon after and dispensed rumours. Rachana also added that the singer was fine and requested fans to "ignore all the fake reports." Lata Mangeshkar was discharged from Mumbai's Breach Candy hospital on December 8 after her treatment and also thanked fans for their messages in a post on Twitter.3. Yuvraj SinghIt was a rather sorrowful day for cricket fans as Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from international cricket on June 10, 2019 after a career of 17 years. Twitter was flooded with emotional messages as Yuvraj's friends and colleagues along with fans and followers posted messages for him on social media.4. Anand KumarHrithik Roshan's July release Super 30, based on the life of mathematician Anand Kumar, made the latter one of the most searched personalities in 2019. Directed by Vikas Bahl, Super 30 garnered a whole lot of love from audiences as well as critics for meticulously narrating Anand Kumar's educational program of the same name.5. Vicky KaushalWell, folks. You know this story by now. After killer performances in Lust Stories, Sanju and Manmarziyaan in 2018, Vicky Kaushal made an ecstatic start to 2019 with his act in January's Uri: The Surgical Strike. For his role of Major Vihaan Singh Shergill of the Indian Army, Vicky also won the Best Actor National Award.6. Rishabh PantImage posted on Instagram by Rishabh Pant.Young wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant was consistently criticised off late after he failed to perform to his ultimate potential. In November in fact, fans trended #DhoniWeMissYouOnField after Pant performed poorly in the T-20 International match against Bangladesh.7. Ranu MondalMore is less if we were to discuss Ranu Mondal. She was spotted singing Lata Mangeshkar's hit song Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma Hai at the Ranaghat Railway Station by a man, who recorded her, and shared the video on Facebook. And there, over to social media. Ranu's video went viral and she was soon after, invited to a reality show in Mumbai. Himesh Reshammiya, who appeared as a judge on the show, was impressed with Ranu's voice and requested her to sing for his film Happy Hardy and Heer. Ranu has voiced three songs in teh film - Teri Meri Kahaani, Aadat and Aashiqui Mein Teri 2.0.8. Tara SutariaSidharth Malhotra and Tara Sutaria in a still from Marjaavaan.Tara Sutaria, who made her debut in Bollywood with Student Of The Year 2 in May, is a hit on the internet ever since. She has been in the news after gossip mills romantically associated her with her "crush" and second film Marjaavaan co-star Sidharth Malhotra. And more recently, with Aadar Jain, after Tara walked into a party with him.9. Sidharth ShuklaOne of the most controversial contestants on Bigg Boss 13, Sidharth Shukla often appeared on the trends list for his behaviour, and once in particular, after host Salman Khan supported him much to fans' dismay. Siddharth was also accused of "inappropriate behaviour" by his Balika Vadhu co-star Sheetal Khandal after he was criticised for his mannerism inside the Bigg Boss house.10. Koena MitraKoena Mitra photographed inside the Bigg Boss house.Koena Mitra is on the last spot in the list but she made several headlines in the first half of 2019. Firstly, after she was sentenced to six months in prison in a cheque-bouncing case in July. She also trended several times on Twitter after her participation in Bigg Boss 13.