New Delhi: Fame is a tricky goddess, bestowing her blessings on the most unusual bunch of people. The year 2011 saw 30 seconds of fame for a wannabe model, a porn star Indians hadn't heard of, an enraged self-styled crusader who slapped a minister, a song of jilted love that went viral and a respected former cop-turned-activist.
Here are five headline-hunters of 2011:
Sunny Leone: Sunny Leone, who? You may have asked only a few months ago, but say that now and you will be laughed at by those in the know. She is perhaps one of the better-behaved women in the blockbuster reality show Big Boss 5. But unlike many in the house who grabbed limelight by spouting buckets of choicest abuses and obscenities, she looks demure and talks pleasantly. If you did not know her background, you would not know she is a porn star. Born Karanjit Kaur and variously called Karen Malhotra, this lissome 30-something Indo-Canadian has acted in scores of porn movies and directed a few of the flicks. Now, she is the most googled Indian celebrity after Katrina Kaif. Sunny times indeed!