FIFA World Cup 2018 and Indian Premier League (IPL) were the top searches in 2018 in India, Google announced.
Football swept cricket in the overall search listing, with queries around Football World Cup topping those around the cricketing action during the IPL season.
Big Boss turned out to be the top choice when it came to entertainment this year, surpassing queries related to the Rajinikanth/Akshay blockbuster Robot 2.0.
Bollywood blockbusters overshadowed Hollywood in the search lists, with Robot 2.0 taking the top spot, followed by action thriller and Bollywood blockbusters Baaghi 2 and Race 3. The three Hollywood entries in the list were from Marvel Studios: Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, and Deadpool 2.
The songs that ruled the roost included Neha Kakkar’s Dilbar Dilbar, Arijit Singh’s Tera Fitoor and Atif Aslam’sDekhte Dekhte from Bollywood. The lone English entrant was the ever-popular Latin hit song Despacito, which also happened to make it to the Year in Search list last year.
Priya Prakash Varrier topped the list – for the most searched personalities — for her wink that went viral, followed by Priyanka Chopra’s spouse, Nick Jonas. Priyanka Chopra, came in at fourth place, with Sapna Choudhary figuring in the top three.
American actor turned Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle figured in the list of most-searched-for personalities.
The three weddings that figured prominently included Priyanka Chopra/Nick Jonas, Deepika Padukone/Ranveer Kapoor, and Sonam Kapoor/Anand Ahuja.
Other news events that grabbed attention included queries around the world’s largest statue, the Statue of Unity, unveiled in Gujarat earlier this year. Rounding off the list was a span of news topics including the striking down of Section 377, the union budget, bitcoin, as well as the Nipah virus.