A deepfake video of actress Rashmika Mandanna has been doing the rounds on social media platforms lately. In the video, a woman is seen entering an elevator. However, it is morphed to show Rashmika's face. While some social media users were tricked into believing that the woman is Rashmika, others pointed out that it is an AI-generated edited video and the woman in the clip is not the actress.
A user on X (formerly known as Twitter) revealed that the name of the woman in the viral video is Zara Patel, a British-Indian girl with 416K followers on Instagram. She is seen wearing a sleeveless black unitard. The video was originally shared by Zara on October 9.
Several users also shared the original video and called out those making such videos just to garner views. A section of users also demanded 'strict action' against those who uploaded it and claimed that the woman is Rashmika.
A user also explained that at 0:01 second in the video, one can see the face of the woman changing from the other girl to Rashmika.
Take a look at the video here:
Reacting to the viral news, superstar Amitabh Bachchan wrote on X that the matter calls for a strong legal case against the culprits.
"This is scary, where is our regulator?" asked a user on X. Another wrote, "This is actually very worrying scenario."
"सर आज के समय मे हम किसी को भी बदनाम कर सकते है," another user commented.
It may be noted that earlier deepfake videos of celebrities like Tom Cruise, Anne Hathaway, Mohanlal, Mammootty, Fahadh Faasil and others also surfaced on social media and created headlines.
Rashmika is known for her charming screen presence in films. She has garnered numerous awards and nominations for her performances and continues to be a sought-after actress.
What is a Deepfake?
A “deepfake” is an image, a video, voice, or text created by Artifical Intelligence. The “deep” is derived from “deep learning,” a method performed through softwares where one person's face/voice is swapped for another. Illegal use of deepfake images have damaged people's reputations and have been viciously used for extortion, and cybercrime experts have been receiving numerous complaints regargding it in last few years years.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Rashmika has Animal coming up next opposite Ranbir Kapoor. Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, the film also stars Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol and Triptii Dimri. The film is scheduled to release in cinemas on December 1.
Rashmika also has Pushpa: The Rule with Allu Arjun, Rainbow opposite Dev Mohan of Shaakuntalam fame and an untitled next with Vijay Deverakonda.