Actress Mrunal Thakur joins the growing list of celebrities discussing the viral deepfake video featuring Rashmika Mandanna on social media.
The video gained prominence when Amitabh Bachchan, Rashmika Mandanna’s co-star in ‘Goodbye,’ raised awareness and called for action against it.
It is worth noting that the original video allegedly features Zara Patel, a British-Indian social media personality who has also expressed her astonishment regarding the deepfake video.
Through her social media platform, Mrunal Thakur commended Mandanna for her courage in speaking out and urged for action. She emphasized that while such videos circulate regularly, people often stay silent, but now is the moment to break that silence.
“Thank you @rashmika_mandanna for speaking up, for addressing this issue that so far we have seen glimpses of but a lot of us chose to remain silent… Where are we heading as a community, as a society? “We may be actresses in the ‘limelight’ but at the end of the day each one of us are human. Why aren’t we talking about it? Don’t remain silent, now is not the time.”
She also directed a scathing remark towards those responsible for creating such videos, declaring, “Shame on them.”
On the contrary, on Monday, actress Mandanna expressed her feelings in a message posted on X (formerly known as Twitter), revealing that she was “deeply wounded” by the viral video.
“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.”
She also made a plea for both the government and the public to take decisive action against the spread of fake videos, stating, “We must confront this issue collectively and promptly to prevent more individuals from falling victim to such identity manipulation.”
Numerous film stars and fans have extended their support to the actress, while others have called upon the government to take substantial measures to address this matter.