Sonam Gupta - the fictitious and ‘unfaithful’ woman - who ruled the social media throughout the year, especially post-demonetisation, featured in the No 3 position in the Google India list of top 10 trending personalities, the search engine giant said on Wednesday.
Sonam Gupta trended earlier this year when a Rs10 note surfaced with ‘Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai’ written on it.
The internet had a hearty laugh again after the high-value banknotes were scrapped, as the prank has resurfaced, this time on a Rs 2000 note.
Sonam Gupta’s deceitful ways have been trending ever since, with hashtags such as #sonambewafa #sonamguptabewafahai and #sonamgupta being a hit, and all girls with the name ‘Sonam Gupta’ being tagged (read trolled) in posts.
The list of top trending personalities was led by US president-elect Donald Trump, followed by Olympic medallist PV Sindhu at second spot.
Rio Olympic Games 2016 emerged as the top trending search query among Google users, followed by the augmented-reality (AR) game Pokemon Go.
Among top trending news events, Rio Olympics 2016 again topped the charts, followed by the US elections and Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit) at the second and third spot, respectively.
The 7th Pay commission, demonetisation and the strategic surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control also generated a great deal of search curiosity among Indian users.
Actor Salman Khan’s blockbuster film “Sultan” emerged as top trending movie, followed by Rajinikanth’s blockbuster film “Kabali”.
Shahid Kapoor starrer “Udta Punjab”, Akshay Kumar’s “Airlift” and Ranbir, Aishwarya Rai and Anushka Sharma-starrer “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” also made it to the Top five list, Google said.
After making her first appearance in August on the RS 10 note, Sonam Gupta appeared to have been forgotten.
But after the scrapping of high-value notes, Sonam Gupta suddenly returned to pubic eye again. As people struggled to get their Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes exchanged, an image circulated on social media where a new Rs 2,000 note had the same words, “Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai”, written on it.