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Rashmika Mandanna on her deepfake video - 'Was very scared; want to tell all girls that this is not normal'

At a promotional event for Animal, Rashmika Mandanna raises the alarm about deepfake threats and calls for collective action

Rashmika Mandanna on her deepfake video - 'Was very scared; want to tell all girls that this is not normal'
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Last Updated: 07.03 PM, Nov 27, 2023


After putting out a statement, Rashmika Mandanna spoke at length about the deepfake video of hers that went viral on the Internet a couple of weeks back. The actor reacted to it at a promotional event for Animal held in Hyderabad. Rashmika was asked about the incident at the press conference and also about Amitabh Bachchan's support, who was the first to defend her. She said that she was concerned that no one would care. However, after receiving Big B's support, she gained the strength to stand up for herself and revolt against this.

Rashmika Mandanna's emotional reaction to deepfake video

Rashmika said in Telugu, "Firstly, when I saw the deepfake video, I was very scared and worried seeing all of this happening. I thought I would not get any support from the team. The first person to support me was Amitabh Bachchan. Eventually, more people came forward to support."

She went on to say that it did affect her at first, and she chose to respond since such movies should not be considered usual. Rashmika remarked that it made her feel secure, referring to putting her foot down and acting on it. The actor shared that she wants all the girls out there to know that this is not normal, while adding, "You don’t have to keep quiet when something is affecting you. You can take support, you can react, and people will support you. It’s a good country that we live in."

The Goodbye actor had earlier put out a statement in which she said that it pains her to share this and to have to discuss the deepfake video of her that has been circulated online. Something like this is truly terrifying, not only for her but for all of us who are vulnerable to so much harm as a result of how technology is being abused. Today, as a woman and an actor, the actor is grateful for her family, friends, and well-wishers, who serve as her safety net and support network. But if this occurred to her in school or college, she honestly doesn't know how she would handle it. Rashmika concluded by saying that people need to address this as a community and with urgency before more of us become victims of identity theft. 

Concerns rise as Alia Bhatt's deepfake video surfaces

Meanwhile, Rashmika's statement came only hours after an Alia Bhatt deepfake video went viral online. In the video, another woman sitting on a bed has her face superimposed with Alia Bhatt's visage. The video shows a female wearing a blue floral strapless co-ord set with her face on it, making gestures towards the camera. The actor has not responded to the video yet.

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