Google has released its annual list of the most searched people, movies, shows, and events in India and around the world. The list reveals the trends and preferences of the Indian netizens in 2023. Here are some of the highlights from the Google Year in Search 2023.
Kiara Advani and Sidharth Malhotra dominate the trending people list
The Bollywood couple, who got married in February 2023, grabbed the attention of the masses with their romance and projects. Kiara Advani emerged as the most searched person in India, and also ranked high on the global actors list. Her husband, Sidharth Malhotra, was the sixth most searched person in India. The duo starred in several films together, such as Shershaah, Thank God, and Mission Majnu.
Satish Kaushik and Matthew Perry’s deaths shock the world
The entertainment industry lost two of its gems in 2023, as veteran actor Satish Kaushik and Friends star Matthew Perry passed away. Both personalities featured prominently in the top trending searches in India (news events). Satish Kaushik died on March 9, 2023, due to a cardiac arrest. He was known for his roles in films like Mr India, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, and Tere Naam. Matthew Perry breathed his last on October 28, 2023, after a long battle with addiction and depression. He was best known for playing Chandler Bing in the iconic sitcom Friends.
Jawan and Farzi top the charts in movies and shows
Shah Rukh Khan’s comeback film, Jawan, claimed the top spot as the most searched film in India, and ranked third globally. The action thriller, directed by Siddharth Anand, also featured Deepika Padukone and John Abraham. Shahid Kapoor and Vijay Sethupathi’s web show, Farzi, clinched the title of the most searched show in India. The crime drama, directed by Raj and DK, streamed on Amazon Prime Video.
Other notable trends in 2023
- Reality show star and YouTuber Elvish Yadav became the fifth most searched person in India, thanks to his viral videos and stint in Bigg Boss 17.
- Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, a biopic on the father of the atomic bomb, was the third most searched film in India, and the most searched film globally.
- Arijit Singh’s song Kesariya, from the film Jawan, was the second most searched song in the world, and the most searched song in India.
- Indian shows like Asur, Rana Naidu, Scam 2003, and Taaza Khabar also made it to the top 10 most searched shows in India.
- Indian cricketers Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were among the most searched athletes in India, along with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Novak Djokovic.