The disturbing rise of deepfake videos has struck a chord with celebrities across the film industry. After notable voices like Amitabh Bachchan, Mrunal Thakur, and Ishaan Khatter, Vijay Deverakonda has joined the chorus of condemnation. Vijay, who shared the screen with Rashmika Mandanna in films like “Geetha Govindam” and “Dear Comrade,” has taken a firm stand against the deepfake video that recently went viral featuring his co-star, Rashmika.
Expressing his strong disapproval, Vijay Deverakonda shared an article about the incident on his Instagram feed and emphasized the need for stringent action against such malicious acts. He stated, “Extremely important steps for the future. This shouldn’t happen to anyone. Also, an efficient accessible cyber wing for quick crackdowns and punishment will make people more secure.” Vijay’s words underscore the importance of creating a safer online environment and holding wrongdoers accountable for their actions.
Joining the ranks of those condemning deepfake videos, Ishaan Khatter unequivocally denounced the practice. He emphasized that deepfake is not something to be celebrated, and using someone’s body or voice without their consent is unacceptable. Ishaan Khatter’s stance aligns with the growing consensus against the misuse of technology for malicious purposes.
The deepfake video involving Rashmika Mandanna prompted her to release a statement on the matter. She described the experience as “extremely scary” due to the misuse of technology. Rashmika expressed gratitude for her family, friends, and supporters who provide her with protection and support. However, she also highlighted the vulnerability of individuals who may not have the same level of support. Rashmika called for a collective response to address this issue before more individuals fall victim to identity theft and deepfake videos.
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
Mrunal Thakur, known for her role in “Lust Stories 2,” also weighed in on the viral video issue. She expressed her disappointment in the individuals responsible for such acts and commended Rashmika Mandanna for speaking out against the deepfake video. Mrunal Thakur’s statement revealed her concern about the inappropriate content targeting female actors and urged the community to address this issue with urgency.
The film industry’s united front against deepfake videos sends a clear message that such unethical practices have no place in society. With celebrities like Vijay Deverakonda, Ishaan Khatter, Mrunal Thakur, and Rashmika Mandanna raising their voices, there is hope for a safer and more responsible online space. Their collective call for action and accountability serves as a reminder that technology should be used for positive purposes, not to harm or deceive.