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Most searched celebs of 2011

This year, veterans made a comeback, but unfortunately only because they passed away. What was India searching for this year? Here’s what the folks at Google Zeitgeist 2011 told us.

brunch Updated: Dec 24, 2011 20:01 IST
Pranav Dixit
Pranav Dixit
Hindustan Times

What was India searching for this year? Here’s what the folks at Google Zeitgeist 2011 told us.

Top Searched Hollywood Music Artists:
1. Les Paul
2. Amy Winehouse
3. Enrique Iglesias
4. David Guetta
5. Eminem
6. Akon
7. Rihanna
8. Michael Jackson
9. Bryan Adams
10. Avril Lavigne

Les PaulWhat pop crooner Enrique Iglesias is doing at number three on this list is anyone’s guess. The most likely explanation we can think of is that a bunch of Bailamos-crazed schoolgirls took it upon themselves to suddenly spam Google servers with Enrique queries.

British singer Amy Winehouse bless her soul is a no-brainer at number two considering her untimely (and controversial) demise in July and if you’re wondering who Les Paul is, well, remember that Google Doodle shaped like a guitar you could strum?

That was in memory of Paul’s 96th birthday (he invented the solid-body electric guitar that made the sound of rock and roll as we know it possible).

jagjit singhTop Searched Music Artists:

1. Jagjit Singh

2. Bhimsen Joshi

3. Ali Zafar

4. Ilayaraja

5. Honey Singh

6. Atif Aslam

7. AR Rahman

8. Lata Mangeshkar

9. Shreya Ghoshal

10. Mukesh

This year, veterans made a comeback, but only because they passed away. Ali Zafar, we think, is on this list more for his sudden B-town visibility (Mere Brother Ki Dulhan).

Let’s face it, anyone who is with Kat is bound to be Googled like crazy. Illayaraja, Google tells us, has achieved the distinction of being the first South Indian composer to feature on its list (“oh, Rahman is so global now!” says a spokesperson to our raised eyebrows).

And if you’ve never heard of Honey Singh, don’t worry. All he has done is taken Punjab by storm with an album that goes by the delightful name of Dope Shope. And oh, Mukesh (he died in 1976)? But surely that’s for the Neil Nitin variety? Or even Mukesh Ambani?

Katrina KaifTop Searched Bollywood actresses:

1. Katrina Kaif

2. Aishwarya Rai

3. Kareena Kapoor

4. Priyanka Chopra

5. Anushka Sharma

6. Deepika Padukone

7. Madhuri Dixit

8. Vidya Balan

9. Kajol

10.Sonam Kapoor

Will Katrina ever let go of the number one spot on ANY list (India’s Sexiest Actresses, India’s Most-Wanted Celebrities, Bollywood Top 10 and I Have a Pretty Face and Zero Acting Chops among others)?

Clearly not, even if the only credible hit she’s had this year was Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. What’s even more surprising is that she managed to retain the top spot given stiff competition from the Bachchan bahu, whose pregnancy and subsequent delivery ensured betiB is her most successful hit so far.

Another surprise was Madhuri pipping ahead of Vidya, despite The Dirty Picture. Guess all her old fans are still out there after all!

Top Searched Bollywood actors:

Salman Khan1. Salman Khan

2. Shah Rukh Khan

3. Shahid Kapoor

4. Hrithik Roshan

5. Ranbir Kapoor

6. Amitabh Bachchan

7. Ajay Devgn

8. John Abraham

9. Emraan Hashmi

Once a superstar, always a superstar, even if you keep churning out one dud after the other. Just ask Salman Khan, who managed to make it to the top of the list despite Bodyguard and Ready (yes, we know that these films made truckloads of money, but they’re still duds in our book.

Send us a letter if you are a Salman fanboy/girl and disagree). We suspect that more than his silver screen presence, it was Sallu’s small screen avatar as the host of Bigg Boss that rocketed him to the the popularity charts.

Shah Rukh Khan's Ra.One, enough said. As for Shahid Kapoor, Mausam was so bad he managed to snatch the number 3 position from Ranbir Kapoor and even the Big B!

From HT Brunch, December 25

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First Published: Dec 24, 2011 11:54 IST