Google's 10 'Most Searched Personalities' in India
First Published Dec 10, 2020, 12:41 PM IST
Google has come out with its annual "year in search" listing in which it has highlighted the most searched personalities in India in 2020. Interestingly, US President elect Joe Biden figures in the list, but not Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Read on to know who else made it to the list
The popularity and interest in America's 46th President elect went up in the run up to the November 4 elections, and the controversy surrounding his victory thereafter.
The Republic TV Editor-in-Chief's ongoing faceoff with the Maharashtra government and the Mumbai Police evinced great interest among people. But the major surge in interest happened after Arnab was arrested from his home on November 4, and in the days leading up to his eventual release from Taloja Jail.
The interest in singer Kanika Kapoor stemmed not from her music but from her Coronavirus positive test. She was the first Indian celebrity to test positive for Covid-19. But the bigger controversy was her violation of home quarantine rules by choosing to attending a party with top politicians in Lucknow after testing positive.
The Google search for the North Korean dictator saw double spikes this year. The first spike was in April when he had dropped from public view and there was speculation worldwide about his health. The second spike happened recently in November when Kim claimed that he had taken an experimental COVID-19 vaccine.
Google search for Amitabh Bachchan spiked during the time the veteran actor and his son Abhishek were diagnoised with Coronavirus infection. As soon as BigB informed of his positive test result, his fans got worried about his health and religiously followed his health updates. Also infected were family members Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Aaradhya Bachchan.
Afghanisthan cricketer Rashid Khan had a great IPL 2020 with Sunrisers Hyderabad
Even as India was fighting back Coronavirus pandemic, Rhea Chakraborty was in the limelight over the Sushant Singh Rajput death case. She was questioned by the CBI multiple times and was even arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau in September over drugs charges linked to the Sushant case. She was later released on bail on October 7, 2020.
Kamala Harris, in many ways broke the glass ceiling after the results of the US presidential election emerged, as she became the first Indian American to win the race to the Vice President's post. Harris herself ran for president in the 2020 Democratic primary but dropped out of the race months before Biden was named the party's presidential nominee.
Another key person in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, Ankita Lokhande made headlines as she led the fight to seek "justice for SSR" along with the deceased actor's family. Sushant's ex-girlfriend went hammer and tongs against Rhea Chakraborty through television media for allegedly maligning his character.
This was the year Kangana Ranaut made waves for her off-screen performance than on reel. From accusing Bollywood of nepotism to claiming that her industry colleagues consumed drugs unabashedly, Kanagana kept making headlines. The demolition of her office by the BMC, her vilification on social media and her Tweets on political issues ensured that people logged on the the Internet to search for latest updates on her.
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