In a significant development, the Delhi Police have apprehended the main perpetrator in the deepfake video case of actor Rashmika Mandanna. The individual was arrested in Andhra Pradesh. The incident involved a deepfake video of Mandanna that surfaced in November 2023, where the face of a British-Indian citizen, Zara Patel, was digitally replaced with Rashmika’s face.
The deepfake video, featuring Rashmika Mandanna, garnered widespread attention on the internet and elicited a response from the actor herself, who condemned the act. An FIR was filed under multiple sections, including section 66C (identity theft). The Government of India, including the IT minister, promptly took notice of the matter. Prime Minister Modi raised concerns over the misuse of Artificial Intelligence, while the Union minister of State for IT announced the forthcoming implementation of stricter rules under the IT Act.
Rashmika Mandanna expressed being “really hurt” by the circulation of the deepfake video. Subsequent to this incident, several other deepfake videos surfaced, raising concerns among netizens. An instance of a morphed video of Sachin Tendulkar promoting a gaming app went viral, prompting an FIR to be lodged and the video to be removed, with Tendulkar addressing the issue.
While Rashmika Mandanna is currently enjoying the success of her film ‘Animal’, she is set to appear in ‘Pushpa 2’ as ‘Srivalli’ opposite Allu Arjun.
➤ Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
➤# What is a deepfake video?
A deepfake video is a manipulated video using artificial intelligence and deep learning techniques to replace the likeness of one person with another.
➤# What actions were taken by the government in response to the deepfake video case?
The Government of India, along with the IT minister, took immediate cognizance of the matter. Prime Minister Modi expressed concerns over the misuse of Artificial Intelligence, and the Union minister of State for IT announced forthcoming stricter rules under the IT Act.
➤# Are there any other notable instances of deepfake videos?
Following Rashmika Mandanna’s case, there were several other instances of deepfake videos that emerged, including a morphed video of Sachin Tendulkar.
The arrest of the main accused in the Rashmika Mandanna deepfake video case marks a significant step in combating the misuse of technology. This case has also brought attention to the need for stronger regulations and enforcement against the proliferation of deepfake content. It serves as a cautionary reminder of the potential harm and repercussions associated with the creation and dissemination of deepfake videos. It is imperative for individuals and authorities to remain vigilant and take decisive action to address such instances.