Popular South Indian star Rashmika Mandanna, on Monday, reacted to her viral deepfake video, calling it “extremely scary.”
Taking to Instagram, she wrote: “I feel really hurt to share this and have to talk about the deep fake 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.”
“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,” Rashmika posted.
The deepfake video showed a woman dressed in black workout onesie inside an elevator. Her face has been edited using artificial intelligence (AI) to resemble Mandanna.
Reacting to the video, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan demanded an urgent need for a legal and regulatory framework to deal with deepfakes in India.