Maharashtra Police Registers FIR Over ‘Deepfake’ Video of Ranveer Singh


GG News Bureau
Mumbai, 24th April. 
The cyber cell of Maharashtra police has acted against an X user for allegedly disseminating a ‘deepfake’ video featuring actor Ranveer Singh making a fabricated appeal to vote for the Congress party.

An FIR was lodged on Tuesday following a complaint lodged by the actor’s father, Jugjeet Singh Bhavnani, targeting the user @sujataindia1st, an official disclosed.

According to the complaint, Ranveer Singh, during a media interview in Varanasi to promote a fashion event, praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The actor’s statement highlighted Modi’s commitment to preserving India’s cultural heritage while progressing towards modernity. However, the accused user, @sujataindia1st, allegedly manipulated the video, inserting false dialogue where Ranveer purportedly advocated voting for the Congress party.

The FIR explained that the ‘deepfake’ video presented Ranveer Singh expressing support for the Congress by misquoting his original statements. Ranveer’s father clarified that the actor has no affiliation with any political party and never made the statements attributed to him in the manipulated video.

The FIR has been filed under pertinent sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 417 (cheating), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), and 469 (forgery for the purpose of harming reputation), along with relevant provisions of the Information Technology Act, informed the official.

The investigation into the matter is ongoing as authorities delve deeper into the complexities of the case.

‘Deepfake’ videos, characterized by sophisticated alterations, pose a significant threat as they can convincingly depict individuals saying or doing things they never actually did.

This incident follows a recent FIR filed by the city police against an unidentified individual for disseminating a similar deepfake video purportedly featuring Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan endorsing a political party.

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