Among sportspersons, cricketer Virat Kohli was the most-searched on Yahoo, followed by Formula 1 great Michael Schumacher and tennis beauty Maria Sharapova. Bollywood, however, continued to rule the roost.
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Here are the top 15 most-searched celebrities on Yahoo India (the list does not include politicians or sports-persons):
15. Priyanka Chopra: Former Miss World and one of the better Indian actresses, Priyanka Chopra exudes beauty, intelligence and a naughtiness that make her the darling of the masses. Her role in the movie Mary Kom brought her many a laurel this year. She is the 15th most-searched personality in 2014.
14. Miley Cyrus: Miley Cyrus is an American singer and actress. She stands 14th in the Forbes list of most powerful celebrities. She has a tremendous fan-following in India, as is evident from the number of netizens searching for information on her online.
13. Kim Kardashian: Kim the 34-year-old American socialite and actress, recently hit the headlines and ‘broke the Internet’ when she appeared nude on the cover of Paper magazine. Soon thereafter, Indian media was abuzz with talk that she would enter the Bigg Boss 8 house for an obscene amount of money. However, that plan fizzled out. The reality TV and social media star has been involved in many a controversy, making her a fairly well known personality even in India.
12. Katrina Kaif: The gorgeous Katrina Kaif is next on the list of most-searched personalities in India in 2014. The tall beauty was especially in the limelight for her relationship with actor Ranbir Kapoor. The duo has moved into an apartment together in Mumbai.
11. Jennifer Lawrence: Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence has been described as the most talented actress in America. The 24-year-old is the second highest paid actress in Hollywood, second only to the bankable Sandra Bullock. She has been named the world’s sexiest woman and is one of the most powerful celebrities on the planet. In August this year, her nude photographs were leaked online by a hacker, leading to a global outrage and debate over privacy and sexual exploitation of women.
10. Deepika Padukone: The 10th most popular among Indian surfers is the stunning Deepika Padukone. The model-turned actress, daughter of the badminton superstar Prakash Padukone, has belted out hit after hit this year, making her one of the most successful actresses in Bollywood.
9. Nargis Fakhri: Nargis Fakhri is a Bollywood actress who made her acting debut in 2011 in the film Rockstar opposite Ranbir Kapoor. Nargis is the 10 most sought after celebrity on the Net in India. She has been a part of America’s Next Top Model. She has had some success in Bollywood with her films Madras Cafe and Main Tera Hero.
8. Bipasha Basu: A successful model-turned actress Bipasha Basu has appeared in many Hindi, Telugu, Bengali, Tamil and English language films. She is also one of the most-searched celebrities on the Internet in India. Although Basu is a fairly competent actress, she has mainly been in the limelight for her personal life, her relationships and break-ups with her co-stars. She is now in a relationship with actor Harman Baweja, after having been in one with Dino Morea and John Abraham.
7. Aishwarya Rai: Widely dubbed the most beautiful woman on earth, former Miss India and daughter-in-law of superstar Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is one of the best-loved actresses in India. Although she hasn’t appeared in a film in a long time after becoming a mother, a measure of popularity is the fact that she is India’s seventh most-searched person on Yahoo.
6. Hrithik Roshan: Matinee idol Hrithik Roshan has won 6 Filmfare Awards for his acting prowess. Considered to be one of the best looking male actors in the country, he is amongst the best paid actors in Bollywood. However, in 2014 it was less for his films and more for his personal life that he was in the news. His separation from his wife Sussanne, and subsequent divorce, kept Indians quite busy on the Internet.
5. Alia Bhatt: Alia Bhatt, Bollywood actress and daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan, has in just a couple of years of having entered the industry made a name for herself. Her performances have been critically and commercially acclaimed. The 21-year-old has recently launched her own clothing line for women. She also does celebrity endorsements for major brands like Coca-Cola, Maybelline and Garnier.
4. Anushka Sharma: Despite not really setting the silver screen afire in 2014, bubbly beauty Anushka Sharma was the fourth most-searched celebrity in India owing mostly to her real-life romance with dashing cricketer Virat Kohli. While neither of them had acknowledged they were seeing each other, Kohli sealed the issue by blowing her a kiss during an India-Sri Lanka ODI.
3. Shweta Basu Prasad: Shweta Basu Prasad, who won the National Film Award for the Best Child Artist for her role in the film Makdee, has recently been in the news for all the wrong reasons. In August this year, the Hyderabad police charged her with alleged prostitution. At the time, she admitted to the charge and said her financial condition forced her to do it. However, the 23-year-old actress later denied having made any such statement. She was released from custody after two months following a court order.
2. Poonam Pandey: Known more for her explicit photographs and bold statements, Poonam Pandey comes across as a publicity-crazy actress. Nonetheless, she is a hot favourite among Indian netizens and is the second most-searched person on the net in India in 2014. Last year she stood fourth in the list.
1. Sunny Leone: Actress and reality TV host Sunny Leone was the most-searched celebrity on the Net in 2014 on Yahoo India. The Indo-Canadian former adult movie star made a hat trick by becoming the biggest favourite of Indian netizens third year in a row. She beat all of Bollywood’s leading ladies in this race.