Meet the top Indian personalities of the year
With the blink of an eye, the year 2018 has nearly come to an end and what a year it has been! Like every year, 2018 too had its fair share of ups and downs. Be it politics or cinema, art or literature, every field saw many newsmakers and interesting personalities being the talk of the entire nation, be it for their talent, controversies or just the plain art of newsmaking! Let’s take a look at the top five Indian personalities of the year and what set them apart!
The actress and former Miss India’s bold claims that veteran actor Nana Patekar molested on the sets of a film in 2008 started a ‘Me Too’ campaign all across the country. The incident, which made Tanushree go on exile and take the spiritual path in the United States, shook the entire nation a decade later. And it wasn’t just the film industry that was targeted, but even powerful personalities from the world of corporate, sports and media were forced to mince their words or worse, resign from their plum posts.
Well, if the Prime Minister doesn’t make waves then who does right? But this time, he faced the wrath of many when he launched a 3000-crore worth statue of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel near Vadodara. While India now boasts of housing the world’s tallest statue, we couldn’t help but wonder whether such expenses are really necessary for a country like ours which has millions starving for a basic square meal.
The cinematic queen’s sudden demise in February left the entire nation in a state of sorrow. Known not just for her beauty but also for her powerful performances in films of various languages, Sridevi’s accidental drowning in her hotel room in Dubai left many questions unanswered with the media and Netizens having a field day playing guessing games. From plastic surgeries to wine, the conspiracies were never-ending. Finally, there were no explanations given except ‘accidental drowning’ and the nation bid a tearful adieu to the legend with State honours being given to her.
MC Mary Kom became the most successful boxer in the history of Women’s World Championships by winning her sixth gold medal with an unanimous 5-0 result over Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota. A proud moment for India, Mary Kom proved that faith can move mountains and she was honoured with the highest civilian title of ‘Meethoi Leema’ (Ultimate Lady) recently along with a road in her hometown Manipur being named after her.
Big fat celebrity weddings
Well, this isn’t really one personality but a host of them! The end of the year saw some back-to-back big fat Indian weddings. Be it Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas or Isha Ambani-
Anand Piramal, celeb weddings have kept the social media on a roll for a while now. The celebrities too have been pretty occupied, what with the performances, the make-up, and the designer wear! Boy, weddings can sure be a tiring affair!
Priya Prakash Varrier
Following her ‘wink song’ ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi…’from the film ‘Oru Addar Love’, Malayalam actress Priya Prakash shot to fame and became the most search personality of the year.