As 2019 draws to a close, Google India revealed the most searched personalities in its annual ‘Year in Search’ list. From movies and songs to news and sports events, the lists looks back at all trending searches this year. The lists are based on search terms that had the highest spike this year as compared to the previous year.

Top 10 most searched personalities in 2019:

  1. Abhinandan Varthaman: Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is an Indian Air Force officer who was held captive for 60 hours in Pakistan after his aircraft was shot down in an aerial fight. He was conferred the Vir Chakra gallantry award in August 2019.

2. Lata Mangeshkar: The eminent singer had been in the news recently after she was hospitalised. She was diagnosed with pnemonia but her health updates soon gave rise to fake messages being circulated online with news of her demise. Users googled her extensively during this period turning her into the second most searched personality this year.

3. Yuvraj Singh: The most searched sportsperson of 2019 in India is Yuvraj Singh. This year the cricketer announced his retirement from international cricket on 10th June.

4. Anand Kumar: Famous for running Super 30, a coaching institute for economically backward students that saw a near perfect result year after year in Bihar, Anand Kumar shot to fame a few years ago. This year a movie based on his life starring Hrithik Roshan called ‘Super 30’ was released. The movie received critical as well as popular acclaim.

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आज फिर से एक बार आई.आई.टी. प्रवेश परीक्षा के नतीजों ने यह साबित कर दिया है कि जब ईमानदार कोशिश और बेहिसाब मेहनत एक साथ मिल जाये तब कामयाबी कदम चूम ही लेती है। इस बार भी मेरे सुपर 30 के 30 में से 26 बच्चों ने सफलता के परचम लहराकर यह सिद्ध कर दिया कि मेहनत कभी बेकार नहीं जाती । जबकि एक स्टूडेंट्स ने एन.डी.ए. और एक ने नीट में पहले से ही सफलता हासिल कर ली है | समाज के एकदम अंतिम पायदान पर खड़े इन बच्चों की सफलता उन तमाम बच्चों के लिए एक सन्देश है जिनके पास सुविधाएँ और संसाधन नहीं हैं लेकिन कुछ कर गुजरने का हौसला जरुर है । मैं आप सभी का आभारी हूँ जिन्होंने कठिन से कठिन परिस्थितियों में भी मेरा साथ दिया और हौसला बढाया है | मुझे यकीन है कि आपका आशीर्बाद और शुभकामनायें आगे भी मेरे साथ रहेंगी | The JEE advance results for admission to IIT today has once again proved that when honest effort and hard labour combine, success is always at your doorsteps. This time again, the Super 30 students have once again proved that hard work never goes in vain, with 26 of the 30 students cracking the highly competitive exam. It is a matter of immense pleasure that one of the Super 30 students had earlier qualified NDA while another made it to NEET. The success of these students, who come from the most underprivileged sections of the society but have a passion to make a mark by dint of their hard work to bring about generational change, is an inspiration for others. I’m really obliged to all of you who stood by me even in difficult times and encouraged me. This is the result of the blessings of you all that I have been able to run Super 30 successfully without taking donation worth even a rupee from anyone. I’m confident your blessings will continue to strengthen me and your good wishes will guide me.

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5. Vicky Kaushal: 2019 was Vicky Kaushal’s year in more ways than one. The year began with ‘Uri: A Surgical Strike’ making ‘how’s the josh’ one of the year’s most popular phrases. Kaushal followed it up with a splendid performance in movies like ‘Sanju’ and ‘Manmarziyaan’. He also won the National Award in 2019 for Best Actor.

6. Rishabh Pant: The wicket-keeper and batsman has an arduous task ahead of him as comparisons with his predecessor MS Dhoni don’t seem to be ending any time soon. After a promising debut, the cricketer has not entirely been consistent through the year. He ended up being on the list of trending personalities this year.

7. Ranu Mondal: Ranu Mondal sparked a nation-wide interest after a video of hers singing Lata Mangeshkar’s songs at Ranaghat Railway Station went viral on Facebook. Soon she was singing for Himesh Reshammiya’s movie ‘Happy Hardy and Heer’. From music to memes, the singer remained a topic of interest for Indians this year.

8. Tara Sutaria: The newcomer made her debut with ‘Student of the Year 2’. A talented singer and actor, her videos from years ago when she first participated in reality singing shows became popular as users discovered she has been around in the entertainment industry since a young age. She also starred in ‘Marjaavaan’ this year.

9. Sidharth Shukla: Bigg Boss 13’s most controversial contestant, Sidharth Shukla was among the most searched television personalities on 2019. The actor has constantly been the subject of discussion online for his behaviour on the show and has seen support from the show’s anchor Salman Khan as well.

10. Koena Mitra: Koena Mitra has been in the news in 2019 for multiple reasons. She has lately been a part of Bigg Boss 13. The actor was sentenced to six months in prison in a cheque-bouncing case in July this year. She has also been popular on Twitter this year for constantly tweeting in support of the BJP.