In the wake of the deepfake video controversy involving popular actor Rashmika Mandanna, Sonnalli Seygall has joined the chorus of voices demanding action against this disturbing and illegal practice. In a recent interview with India Today, Sonnalli opened up about her own experience with deepfake incidents, particularly in the form of manipulated images. She shared her concerns, expressed empathy for Rashmika, and emphasized the urgent need for regulatory measures to combat deepfakes.
Reflecting on her past encounters with manipulated images, Sonnalli revealed, “Yes, it has happened to me in the past, but not in a video, in the form of pictures. And it was very, very scary then.” She recalled how her mother, who was unaware of the technology behind such content, brought it to her attention. Sonnalli acknowledged the emotional impact it had on her family and expressed her anger towards the perpetrators, emphasizing that these actions are entirely illegal.
Addressing Rashmika Mandanna’s viral deepfake video, Sonnalli expressed her concern and called for immediate action, saying, “Oh my God, it’s scary. Very, very scary. Of course, we have all seen it in the past with pictures, and that was always debatable, but this is so real to the point. I mean, it’s so illegal. Immediate action needs to be taken against this.” She emphasized the need for regulation and legal measures to address this alarming trend.
Sonnalli further highlighted the broader implications of deepfakes, especially regarding personal safety and privacy. She stated, “As a girl, as a human being, I don’t feel safe because that means anything can be done with whatever is available online. So much of our lives is out there right on the Internet, whether it’s social media, Google, or our phones.”
Rashmika Mandanna’s deepfake video garnered significant attention, with celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Naga Chaitanya, Mrunal Thakur, and others speaking out against this misuse of artificial intelligence. The incident has led to calls for a legal and regulatory framework to address the issue of deepfakes in India. The increasing prevalence of deepfake content has raised concerns about privacy, consent, and the potential for harm to individuals’ reputations.