The list of most searched TV celebs on the internet reveals that Bigg Boss contestants are the big gainers, while Kapil Sharma rules the roost
Comedy, cookery, controversy tops the list
trumps the list of most searched TV celebs online, prepared by Google
Zeitgeist. The stand-up comedian is having the last laugh for coming up
with a show that tickles the audiences' funny bones. From Sunil Grover
quitting the show to the channel going for a copyright for Gutthi's
character, everything related to the show made headlines this year.
At number 2 on the list is chef Sanjeev Kapoor.
"Sanjeev Kapoor has been a household name for quite some time now, but
what made him so popular probably is his presence on Master Chef
India," says Pankaj Bhadouria,
winner of the first season of the show. "Also, there is an increase in
the popularity of chefs 'coz people of all age groups now take a keen
interest in cooking as a hobby. It has sort of become mandatory to have
a cookery-based reality show on every channel," she adds.
Actress Mona Singh, who comes in at number 3, made news for all the
wrong reasons in 2013. The actress was the victim of a cyber crime this
year when a scandalous MMS clip, allegedly of Mona Singh, went viral on
the internet, and that is said to be the reason for her figuring so
high on the list.
The 'real' stars!
the whole point of being on a reality show is to garner mileage out of
it, Bigg Boss contestants have hit bull's eye. Kushal Tandon, Armaan
Kohli and Gauahar Khan - among the most controversial participants in
the latest season of the reality show that concluded yesterday are
among the top 10 most searched TV celebs.
"One can not deny
that controversies work for celebrities. They definitely make us
popular but at the end of the day we have to prove our worth in the
market with our work. While more screen time on a show like Bigg Boss
can help us get an appointment with a producer or director, our
professional skills alone help us get work," says Sambhavana Seth, who
had a fairly controversial run in Bigg Boss Season 2.
Lucknow lad Kushal Tandon doesn't think he figures on the list because
of all the fights he was part of in this year's Bigg Boss. "People
started loving me more when I came on Bigg Boss, but I was already in
news since I was part of a very popular TV show, Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri
Behna Hai. Plus, I was also on the Sexiest Asian Men list. So, it isn't
like people started looking me up on the internet because of the
controversies that I was recently part of," he reasons.
If looks could kill
Television's hearthrobs make up for the rest of the names on the list.
Sanaya Irani at number 7, Vivian D'Sena at number 8 and Karan Wahi at
number 10, credit their online popularity to good looks, and the good
run that their shows enjoyed on TV.
"It goes without saying
that leads of popular shows tend to make news. And I have been part of
several shows this year (Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?, Chhanchhann and
now Rang Rasiya)," says Sanaya, adding, "I have heard that my fans find
me sexy, though I disagree as I am a complete tomboy in real life." She
goes on to reason, "For actors, whether on TV or in films, looks make a
huge difference. People search for celebs' behind-the-scenes looks."
"A popular show makes a star popular," says Vivian D'Sena, the male
protagonist of Madhubala Ek Ishq Ek Junoon. "God has blessed me with
good looks, but they are secondary. For an actor to be popular, he
first needs to be part of a successful show, which I am," he adds.
Karan Wahi, who is number 10 on the list credits his looks, and his
shirtless pics on the internet for his popularity online. "I was part
of two popular reality shows that I hosted, but I think what must have
led people to search for me on the internet are my shirtless photoshoot
to show off my six packs," says Karan.
Top searched TV celebs
Vivian D' Sena