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Sunny Leone Beats Salman Khan, Narendra Modi to Become India’s Most Googled Celebrity of 2018

Other film stars most googled in the last five years include Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone.

Updated:December 26, 2018, 1:45 PM IST
Sunny Leone Beats Salman Khan, Narendra Modi to Become India’s Most Googled Celebrity of 2018
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Indians may not go to watch her films in theatres but they continue to look up Sunny Leone online, making her the most Googled celebrity in 2018. Superstar Salman Khan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi follow next, highlighting India’s preference for online porn over films or news.

Interestingly, most searches related to Salman are with respect to his films or songs. However, the searches related to actresses—Katrina and Deepika reign supreme here—are overwhelmingly sexual, with use of adjectives such as hot and sexy prevalent, reveals a recent analysis of this year’s Google trends by

According to the report, Bhojpuri films were searched a lot more than Bollywood films this year, showing a tremendous spike in interest for Bhojpuri cinema among Indians. Interestingly, four years ago, we were googling Bhojpuri movies quite as much as Tamil or Telugu films.

The report also reveals that Indians are searching for movies and entertainment news online far more than cricket and general news. However, it clarifies that more curiosity online about a film doesn’t mean better box office performance. For instance, Indians googled about Ranbir Kapoor’s Sanju much less than Tiger Shroff’s Baaghi 2, but it performed far better.

Among celebs whose popularity soared tremendously this year in terms of Google searches are Priya Prakash Varrier, who became an overnight sensation with her wink in her debut movie, and Big Boss contestant Sapna Choudhary.

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