Somebody Made A Deepfake Video Of Rashmika Mandanna & It’s Showing Technology’s Dark Side

A deepfake video is one where a person’s body or face is digitally altered so that they appear to be someone else. Such kind of videos are malicious in their intent and are often used to spread false information. Today, especially at a time when artificial intelligence tools are easily accessible, it is very easy and quick to create a deepfake video of a person. A victim of such a practice is actor Rashmika Mandanna.


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Rashmika Mandanna, whom we saw in ‘Pushpa’ and will be starring alongside Ranbir Kapoor in ‘Animal’, has been a recent victim of this. Somebody made an AI-generated video of her by morphing her face into the body of another woman wearing a black outfit and entering a lift. The video tries to be sexually explicit.

This is the AI-generated video of Rashmika:

This is the original video:

As the video was being shared widely on and off social media, Rashmika took to X (formerly Twitter) to share her disappointment at what was happening.

“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.  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,” she wrote.

Here’s a look at her post:

Several people online, including celebrities such as Amitabh Bachchan, Naga Chaitanya, Mrunal Thakur and singer Chinmayee Sripada stood by her in support and called out such malicious practices that try to malign a person’s image and reputation.

According to Mint, the Deepfake technology uses AI and machine learning to create visual and audio content to mislead viewers. It is banned from several platforms as it can be used as an effective tool to defame a person.

What times are we living in!

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