A widely circulated video that seemingly portrayed Indian actress Rashmika Mandanna entering an elevator has been exposed as an artificial intelligence (AI) deepfake, raising concerns about the prevalence of deceptive content on social media platforms. While the video appeared highly convincing to the average social media user, close scrutiny reveals telltale signs of manipulation.
This deepfake video has garnered millions of views. The video in question was originally posted on Instagram on October 8 and featured a woman named Zara Patel. There is currently no evidence linking Patel to the creation of the deepfake video. It remains unclear who crafted the deceptive version or what their motivations were. Nevertheless, this incident underscored a growing trend of fake videos featuring celebrities from various industries, perpetuating false narratives and potentially causing harm.