Google has released its year-end data that shows various top trends that caught the interest of netizens this year.
With 2019's Google trends' theme being the celebration of 'heroes' outside the silver screen, it was not surprising to see the list of top 10 searched personalities on Google 2019 being led by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman of Indian Air Force.
Varthaman became a household name during the 2019 Indo-Pakistan standoff earlier in the year when his aircraft was shot down in Pakistan and he was held captive for nearly 60 hours before being released to India. From February 24th to March 2, 2019 Varthaman was the most searched person on Google. Varthaman was conferred the Vir Chakra gallantry award in August 2019, in an honour to his heroic deeds.
Second on the list was veteran Bollywood singer Lata Mangeshkar, who was highly searched from November 10 to 16, when the singer had fallen severely ill and had to be hospitalised. However, the singer has also trended much following the rising fame of Ranu Mondal, who has always talked about looking up to Mangeshkar in her singing pursuit. Incidentally, Mondal also made it to the list.
The third spot was taken by former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who was one of the top searches in June, following the cricketer's retirement from international cricket on June 10, 2019.
Educationist Anand Kumar, whose life has influenced the movie Super 30, managed the fourth spot. Kumar trended the most in July, which was the month of the release of the Bollywood blockbuster based on Kumar's life featuring Hrithik Roshan in the lead role.
The fifth most searched person in 2019 was Bollywood actor Vicky Kaushal, who became an overnight star in January when his Bollywood blockbuster Uri, which recounted the 2015 surgical strike of India on Pakistan, was became a major success. 'How's the josh? High' became a tagline for many, including politicians.
Sixth on the list was Indian cricketman Rishabh Pant, who became one of the top searches during July when he was handed his World Cup debut cap for India, against England.
Seventh spot on the list has been grabbed by Internet sensation Ranu Mondal, who made headlines during late August and early September after her singing video in a railway station as a destitute went viral, bringing her instant fame. She went on to make her recording debut with music director Himesh Reshamia in the song, 'Teri Meri' and since then has been viral on the internet for some reasons pleasant or unpleasant.
On number eight was surprisingly Bollywood newbie Tara Sutaria, who made her debut in Student of the Year 2 with another fresh face, Ananya Pandey and Tiger Shroff became the top search in early May with the release of her film on May 10.
Ninth on the list of top searches was Big Boss 13 candidate Siddharth Sukhla, who has been trending since early November. Siddharth has been creating quite a buzz with his controversial persona in the Big Boss house, proving to be quite an entertainment for the viewers.
And finally, Bollywood actor Koena mitra brought up the rear, becoming the tenth most searched person in 2019, thanks to Big Boss 13. Koena's politically charged remarks against AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi, who had once tweeted, "I want my masjid back," to which the actress wrote "#IdiotOwaisi I want our 40,000 temples back," caused her to trend for days.
Incidentally, no politicians were part of the list of most searched persons with most people only Googling film stars, cricketers and sometimes musicians.