13/12/2018 10:35 AM IST | Updated 13/12/2018 10:45 AM IST

Priya Prakash Varrier Is India’s Most Googled Personality In 2018

Priya Prakash Varrier went viral in February after the release of song 'Manikya Malaraya Poovi' from the film 'Oru Adaar Love'.

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Actress Priya Prakash Varrier in the song 'Manikya Malaraya Poovi' from the film 'Oru Adaar Love'.

Priya Prakash Varrier, the Malayalam actress who went viral with her iconic 'wink', is India's 'most searched personality' of 2018. Varrier took the internet by storm in February after the release of song Manikya Malaraya Poovi from the film Oru Adaar Love.

In Google India's list, Varrier ranks ahead of Priyanka Chopra, Salman Khan and Meghan Markle.

Nick Jonas was second on the list, followed by Sapna Choudhary and Priyanka Chopra.

Globally, Meghan Markle — who married Prince Harry earlier this year — topped the list of most searched people. The list included names like Demi Lovato (singer), Sylvester Stallone (actor), Logan Paul (actor and Internet celebrity) and Khloe Kardashian (television personality).

Here is India's list of top searched personalities-

Priya Prakash Varrier

Nick Jonas

Sapna Choudhary

Priyanka Chopra

Anand Ahuja

Sara Ali Khan

Salman Khan

Meghan Markle

Anup Jalota

Boney Kapoor

According to Google's Year in Search, the songs that ruled the roost in India included Neha Kakkar's Dilbar Dilbar, Arijit Singh's Tera Fitoor and Atif Aslam's Dekhte Dekhte from Bollywood.

In terms of overall searches on Google in India, the biggest volume was around FIFA World Cup 2018. A large chunk of the search volumes in India included topics like live score, IPL 2018, Karnataka election results and Big Boss.

Indians also turned to Google to learn new things with 'How to send stickers on Whatsapp' topping the 'How to' list, followed by looking for ways to link Aadhaar with mobile number, make rangoli, port mobile number and invest in bitcoin.

A large volume of search queries from India -- which is estimated to have over 450 million Internet users and is among the largest smartphone markets globally -- included topics like 'What is section 377', 'What is happening in Syria', 'What is kiki challenge', 'What is me too campaign' and 'What is ball tampering'.

(With inputs from PTI)