"I genuinely can’t imagine how could I ever tackle this."
Rashmika Mandanna has broken her silence about a deepfake video that circulated online.
In the video, a woman enters a lift. But her face had been edited using AI to look like Rashmika.
Despite this, some social media users believed it was the actress.
It was later revealed by an X user that the woman in the video was Zara Patel, a British-Indian woman with over 400,000 Instagram followers.
Zara initially shared the video on October 9, 2023.
The video was called out by several social media users.
Some slammed the practice of making fake content just to generate views.
A user on X wrote: “This is scary, where is our regulator?”
Rashmika has now addressed the matter. She expressed her fears but thanked those who supported her.
The actress tweeted: “Something like this is honestly, extremely scary not only for me, but also for each one of us who today is vulnerable to so much harm because of how technology is being misused.
“Today, as a woman and as an actor, I am thankful for my family, friends and well-wishers who are my protection and support system.
“But if this happened to me when I was in school or college, I genuinely can’t imagine how could I ever tackle this.
“We need to address this as a community and with urgency before more of us are affected by such identity theft.”
I feel really hurt to share this and have to talk about the deepfake video of me being spread online.
Something like this is honestly, extremely scary not only for me, but also for each one of us who today is vulnerable to so much harm because of how technology is being misused.…
— Rashmika Mandanna (@iamRashmika) November 6, 2023
Rashmika Mandanna’s post attracted lots of support on social media.
One user said: “True! what if this happens to a common girl roaming in streets.
“This is dangerous. As I say always, technology is a double-edged sword. A good is good, but a bad will be the worst.
“Life is too small, live and let live!!!”
Another said: “Really shameful.
“In the age of AI and technological advancement, it is difficult to make a difference between real and fake #RashmikaMandanna.”
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan voiced his support for Rashmika. They shared the screen in Goodbye (2022).
The actor reposted a post by X user Abhishek and said: “Yes, this is a strong case for legal.”
Writing about the video, Abhishek said: “There is an urgent need for a legal and regulatory framework to deal with deepfake in India.”
On the work front, Rashmika Mandanna will be seen in Animal.
The film also features Ranbir Kapoor and is scheduled to be released on December 1, 2023.