With social media becoming an indispensable part of our daily lives, many ordinary citizens have gained unexpected popularity through the medium. From the professor whose noteworthy dance moves at a wedding caught everyone's attention to Dr Mikhail Varshavski whose Instagram account boomed after he got featured in Buzzfeed and People magazine's 2015 issue of The Sexiest Doctor Alive, social media now serves as a pathway to success and popularity. Here is a list of people across the globe who got famous for some of the strangest reasons!
Arshad Khan (Chaiwala)
Photographer Jiah Ali captured and shared a photograph of this chaiwala from Pakistan, on her Instagram account. Soon after, this 18 year old tea-maker named Arshad Khan spread across social media like wildfire. So much so, that he eventually earned a modelling contract, owing to his beautiful blue eyes and the power of social media.
Pooja Jain (Dhinchak Pooja)
Dhinchak Pooja who hails from Uttar Pradesh, India, gained web-fame when she began releasing self-sung songs on YouTube. 'Selfie Maine Leli Aaj', 'Swag Wali Topi' and 'Dilon Ka Shooter' are some of her famous songs that have been subjected to a wide range of criticism from audiences. She also appeared in the reality show 'Bigg Boss' in 2017.
Dr Mikhail Varshavski (Dr Mike)
A Russian-born American family doctor, Dr Mike went viral on social media for his killer looks, when he got featured in Buzzfeed and People magazine's 2015 issue of The Sexiest Doctor Alive. He also has a YouTube channel and nearly 4 million followers on Instagram.
Kusum Shrestha (Nepali Tarkariwali)
This young girl who sells vegetables in Nepal earned fame for her attractiveness and eye-catching good looks. As the photographer captured this shot of hers and posted it online, netizens began praising her beauty and were surprised to learn that she works as a vegetable-seller.
Priya Prakash Varrier
A mere 30 second clip from a movie made this Kerela-based girl an overnight internet sensation! It was right around Valentine's Day that a clip from her Malayalam debut film 'Oru Adaar Love' was released onto social media. Her playful wink and sharp features made many weak in the knees and she consequently became the talk-of-the-town.
Ranu Mondal, a woman who was singing ‘Ek pyaar ka nagma hai’ (by Lata Mangeshkar) at the Ranaghat Railway Station in West Bengal, was praised for her melodious voice when someone posted a video of her singing for money. She soon underwent a makeover and even got the opportunity to sing alongside Himesh Reshammiya in his movie.
Ahmad Shah Pathan (Pathan ka Bacha)
This little Pakistani boy gained fame on social media for his "Piche Dekho Piche" video that went viral.
It was during an IPL match in 2019 that Deepika gained popularity, as she was caught cheering for the team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on screen. But never did she imagine that her name would be googled more times than Deepika Padukone! Such instances continue to take place in the IPL this year as well. In a match between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) this year, a girl named Riana Lalwani gained popularity as she was caught looking nervous during the match. Many memes were being circulated and Riana took to her social media to share a few as well.
Sanjeev Shrivastava (Dancing Uncle)
I think it's safe to say that most of us remember the uncle who killed it with his dance moves at a wedding function. Sanjeev Shrivastva, an Indian professor caught people's attention when he swayed to the music at his brother-in-law's sangeet function in Gwalior. Thereafter, he met with several renowned Bollywood personalities including Salman Khan and Govinda.
Saima Hussain Mir
In 2016, as Shah Rukh was undertaking the promotion of his film Raees, he posted a selfie with his fans from Srinagar. Now while SRK is the ultimate lover boy of India, what caught people's eye was actually the girl who was captured standing behind him. Saima Hussain Mir, popularly referred to as the 'olive top girl in the front row' gained praise for her striking looks, with her photograph being circulated across the internet.