Google just unveiled the list of 10 most googled persons in Pakistan for the year of 2018. And the list isn’t that surprising at all. First lady, Bushra Manika tops the list, with Reham Khan and Meesha Shafi also featuring the list.
This was year of General Elections in Pakistan, so it’s kinda natural to see politicians and people related to them on the list. But then you see Sunny Leone positioned at #10 in the list. Well, that too makes sense perhaps?
There are two types of people, in general, that you will find on this list.
- People who are extremely popular for a limited amount of time
- People who are moderately popular throughout the year
You will see the details in the search trend graphs below.
Most Googled Person in Pakistan 2018
1. Bushra Manika
Claim to fame: Marriage to Prime Minister Imran Khan after divorce with ex-husband Khawar Manika.
As you will see in the graph below, first lady Bushra Manika was very popular in January 2018 – that’s when the news of her getting married to Imran Khan came out. Then there is surge in searches in February 2018 – when the marriage of Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi was confirmed.
2. Meghan Markle
Claim to fame: Marriage to Prince Harry.
Very high number of searches during the month of May 2018, when she got married to prince Harry. Not much interest otherwise:
3. Meesha Shafi
Claim to fame: Accused Ali Zafar of sexual harassment
The Pakistani singer accused the colleague Ali Zafar of sexually harassing her. The news got mixed reactions from fans and celebs. Some called it Pakistan’s #MeToo moment, others called it a PR gimmick. Whatever the truth may be, the event sparked a debate and made Meesha one of the most searched Pakistanis in 2018 in the process.
4. Reham Khan
Claim to fame: Released a book revealing her life in Bani Gala during her stay there as wife of Imran Khan
Another person related to Imran Khan that was in the news a lot this year. It was not her that people were searching mostly. They were searching her book. In PDF. And in Urdu, preferably. Pakistanis love freebies. Reham’s book was ‘leaked’ in June 2018, and officially released in July 2018. As you would see in the search trend below:
5. Sylvester Stallone
Claim to fame: Fake news. That Sylvester Stallone was dead.
There were news of Sylvester Stallone being dead in February 2018. Well, that was not true but it sure got us Pakistanis curious enough to start searching.
Fun fact: Some of us Pakistanis like to call him ‘Silver Stallion‘. haha! That’s what Google’s related searches reveal. #CoolNameBro
6. Sonali Bendre
Claim to fame: Diagnosed with cancer
If the world was fair, this Bollywood beauty would feature in popular searches every year. Well, only if we had Google back in 90s. She did feature this year though. But not for a good reason. Sonali Bendre was diagnosed with cancer and she underwent treatment in the United States. That shows in the graph below:
7. Atif Mian
Claim to fame: An Ahmadi appointed on an important Government position
We have this amazing knack of bringing religion into everything. Sports, Politics, and even Economics. There was hue and cry when Imran Khan’s government nominated Atif Mian – an Ahmadi – to an important Government position. They had to retract it soon due to heavy resistance.
8. Hanif Abbasi
Claim to fame: Conviction in ephedrine case, and rumors of him sponsoring Reham Khan’s book
PML-N’s Hanif Abbasi was convicted by the court in ephedrine case on eve of General Elections 2018. And in the same month, Reham Khan’s book came out – and Abbasi was accused by some of sponsoring it.
9. Iqra Aziz
Claim to fame: New face in Pakistani showbiz industry.
Iqra Aziz shot to fame this year with her popular drama serial Suno Chanda. Starring opposite the singer and actor Farhan Saeed, Iqra Aziz made her mark and became the hot new entrant in Pakistan’s showbiz industry.
10. Sunny Leone
Claim to fame: NSFW, biopic
Well, if there is one person that has been consistently popular in Pakistan throughout the year, that is Sunny Leone. This porn star turned Bollywood actor was very popular, with significant number of searches over time.
Oh and there was also a biopic on her life that released this year. That should explain the interest of people. Here’s the search trend:
These were the 10 most searched people in Pakistan for 2018.