Their achievements, their talent, their grit, their gumption, their beauty, or even their histrionics- whatever quality appealed to people, it propelled these personalities into Yahoo India’s top searches.
As we kickstart a new year and a new decade, here’s a look at Yahoo India’s Top 20 Most Searched Personalities and why they remained on top.
Here are Yahoo India's Top 20 Most Searched Personalities in 2019. (in descending order) From being the undisputed host of 'Bigg Boss Season 13' to a big fat 'Dabangg 3' release, and not to forget court appearances/ non-appearances in the infamous Blackbuck Poaching case, Salman Khan still remains a favourite on search lists. Yuvraj stayed in the news for announcing his retirement from international cricket on 10 June 2019. Controversy's favourite child and forever the man with tongue-in-cheek remarks, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu not only officially resigned as a Cabinet Minister in 2019, but also stirred up high drama by attending the the inauguration ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor on the Pakistani side. Katrina Kaif continued to impress with her acting chops by essaying the challenging role of Kumud Raina opposite Salman Khan starrer 'Bharat'. The actress also launched her very own makeup brand aptly named 'Kay by Katrina'. Needless to mention her good looks and dancing skills are still in high demand by fans across the country. Post marriage, it seemed like Deepika had taken a sabbatical from films, but there was certainly no break in her popularity on search lists. The actress who had been busy shooting for one of the most challenging films of her career, 'Chapaak', left everyone wonderstruck with her makeover during the promotions of the film. Her radiant smile and interesting wardrobe experiments in 2019 continued to enthral fans. Possibly the most criticised Finance Minister of India yet, Nirmala Sitharaman was appointed as the finance and corporate affairs minister under the Modi Government on 31 May 2019. She is India's first full-time female finance minister who presented her maiden budget in the Indian parliament on 5 July 2019. Sitharaman came under criticism on several occasions for her announcing policies which were not effective enough to fix the currently ailing Indian economy. India's most loved cricket captain yet, Kohli has had an amazing 2019 and stayed in the news all year round for being a stellar sportsperson and a great role model for millions of fans. Not to forget his picture perfect marriage with Anushka Sharma is also constantly of great interest to readers. The Vice Captain of the Indian cricket team, Sharma became the first batsman to score two centuries in his first appearance as an opening batsman during a Test match against South Africa on 5 October 2019, In the same series, he broke Shimron Hetmyer's record for the highest total of sixes in a Test series. Widely popular for his aggressive style of batting, off the field Rohit is an active supporter of animal welfare campaigns which has heightened his popularity. No prizes for guesses why the 'Chanakya' of Indian politics is one of the most searched personalities. The frontman of Bharatiya Janata Party, Amit Shah aggressively and confidently secured a landslide win for his party in the 2019 elections. Under his guidance the BJP has been invincible at the centre and also made inroads into non-BJP ruling states. He's the opposition's envy and the party's pride. Her over the top histrionics continue to stir interest on the internet. Speculation was rife about her marital status after she splurged photos of herself wearing 'sindhoor' and 'chooda' across her social media accounts. In August, 2019, Rakhi Sawant admitted that she's tied the knot with an NRI businessman named Ritesh, although she also claimed he is a very private person who does not like to interact with the media. 2019 was a tumultuous year for former finance minister P Chidambaram who was arrested in connection with corruption charges in the INX Media case during his tenure as Finance minister in UPA Government. His arrest on 21st August, 2019 was highly dramatic with CBI officers having to scaled the walls of his Delhi home to get their hands on him. During his incarceration, he was investigated by officers from the CBI and later the ED, and after spending 106 days in prison, he finally got bail on December 4th, 2019. She was dubbed a 'game changer' and a 'bhramastra' by her party colleagues and a section of the media, but Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's entry into active politics as the general secretary of AICC barely three months before the Lok Sabha elections failed to woo voters in Uttar Pradesh. People were curious to discover more about her political prowess being from the first family of Indian politics, but Priyanka perhaps needs a longer stint before she's judged. Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's health was constantly under speculation after he stepped away from active politics in May, 2019, citing health as a reason for not taking an active role in the formation of the new government. Jaitley suffered from a series of health-related issues and underwent multiple surgeries leading into his deteriorating health and subsequent death in 2019 at age 66. The political fraternity fondly remembers him as the scholar minister and he will always remain the man responsible for bringing GST into effect. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who was held captive for 60 hours in Pakistan after his aircraft was shot down in an aerial dogfight during the 2019 India-Pakistan standoff was conferred the Vir Chakra gallantry award in August 2019. Videos and images released by Pakistani authorities showed Varthaman being rescued from a violent mob by Pakistani soldiers, being interrogated while tied and blindfolded with a bloody face. Other videos showed him receiving first aid and being further interrogated over tea. He received a hero's welcome after his release by the Pak Army and Indian showed respect by popularising his moustache which became trendy and came to be called the 'Abhinandan-cut'. President of the Indian National Congress from 16 December 2017 to 3 July 2019, Rahul Gandhi possibly had the most disappointing year of his career. From campaigning vehemently across the length and breadth of the country to regain lost power for his party to stepping down as the leader of Congress, Rahul left no stone unturned to be a game-changer in the country. But he failed to defeat his mighty opponents. He still remains a media favourite and clearly of great interest in search lists. Notwithstanding tough competition from the BJP, under Mamta's leadership the The Trinamool Congress managed to secure key assembly seats during the 2019 by-polls, though it incurred its worst ever defeat winning 12 seats less than in 2014. She also stepped up her game by taking calculated risks and being less vocal about the government at the centre. She only took an adamant stand against the implementation of NRC and the CAA when she realised it was swelling. This unusual behaviour probably piqued people's interest which is why she's the 5th most searched personality of 2019. From appearing effortlessly stylish and confident during multiple public appearances and chat shows across the world to never leaving her fans disappointed through her insta posts with husband Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra Jonas has certainly redefined global domination. Most recently she was honoured with UNICEF's Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award by the United Nations Children's Fund. She also retained her right to speak in personal capacity, as decided by the UN, after a Pakistan minister sought the removal of Priyanka Chopra as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador after she lauded the Indian Air Force for the Balakot airstrike. And what's more, a huge international release of 'The Sky is Pink' kept this achiever in the news all year round. Love her or hate her, but you cannot ignore her. Her hotness quotient and her cool and collected demeanour continued to work their charm as Sunny Leone remained a favourite on search lists. A bizarre online prank also showed that Sunny Leone had topped the Bihar PHED Merit List for Civil Engineer Recruitment. This further kept her in the news, but she later confirmed through her Twitter handle that it was in fact a prank. The whole country is interested in everything that MS Dhoni does! Be it his cricketing career, his induction into the Indian army or his adorable posts with daughter Ziva, fans don't want to miss a moment in this man's life. First Dhoni led the Chennai Super Kings to victory in the IPL, and then he kept everyone guessing about retirement from international cricket, and finally he began training with the Parachute Regiment of the Indian army. The 38-year-old now holds the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army unit of the Parachute Regiment. The internet can't get enough of Dhoni just as yet! But of course Mr Prime Minister is the No. 1 most searched personality in India! With a landslide victory in the 2019 elections and confident second term, there seems to be no looking back for Narendra Modi who is being touted as the most successful PM of India since independence. Under his leadership historical decisions include abrogation of Article 370 provisions, triple talaq, anti-terror terrorism and merger of banks have been effected. He remains a force to reckon with in the political arena and on the internet!