Bollywood actress Sara Ali Khan and Indian Air Force ace Abhinandan Varthaman are among the top 10 most-searched personalities on Google in Pakistan this year.
Often praised for being grounded, the daughter of actors Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, Sara is at number six on Google's most-searched list in Pakistan. As a member of the royal Pataudi Family, Sara has all the charm of royalty but she is largely famous for her career in Bollywood.
Her work in ‘Kedarnath’ and ‘Simmba’ has boosted her popularity and she is one of the up and coming stars of the industry.
Following her is Indian Air Force hero Abhinandan Varthaman at number nine. Varthaman became an internet sensation after his plane was shot down in a dog fight between Indian and Pakistan air force in February. Despite the military tension, Abhinandan’s video showing him sipping a cup of tea in Pakistan and saying that the tea was fantastic made him a viral sensation.
Among the other sought after Indian personalities were singer Adnan Sami at number five. Sami is often trolled for being an “undercover agent” as he previously held a Pakistani passport before gaining Indian citizenship in 2015. He is often seen trending on social media when tensions run high between Pakistan and India.
Former actress Naimal Khawar Khan, the late actor Waheed Murad, cricketers Babar Azam, Asif Ali, Mohammad Amir, actress Alizeh Shah and news anchor Madiha Naqvi also made it to the top 10 list.
Film personalities and musicians from both the countries have traditionally huge followings in the subcontinent and political differences never seem to impact their popularity in either country.