Last updateTue, 17 Mar 2015 2pm

Filmmaker Apologizes over "Fake" Video showing Big B endorsing Modi

A filmmaker who uploaded a carefully edited video showing Amitabh Bachchan endorsing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the next Prime Minister of India, has apologized after both Mr Bachchan and Mr Modi condemned the video.

Utpal Jeevrajani, who admitted to being a supporter of Mr Modi, said he would delete the video which he had uploaded after receiving it as a message on instant messaging application Whatsapp.

Minutes after the video was uploaded Mr Bachchan, who is an ambassador for Gujarat Tourism, tweeted: "FAKE !! FAKE !! FAKE !!! APPALLED AND ANGERED BY THIS ILLEGAL ACT ON ME .. PUTTING IT UP NOW, DO READ AND SEE AND CONDEMN .. !!!"

The video used part of a voiceover done by Mr Bachchan for Gujarat Tourism carefully combined with imagery to make it seem as if the actor was endorsing the controversial politician who is widely tipped to replace Manmohan Singh as Indian premier at next year's General Election.

Writing in his blog, Mr Bachchan added: "In the year 2007, I did a 'Lead India' campaign for the The Times of India, where we talked of the glorification of the country and India! SOMEBODY has made a fake video by using my voice and text of what I spoke in the original, and falsely and mischievously, interspersed it with visuals which indicate a campaign for the promotion of the Hon Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Narendra Modi!!"

"I wish to state that this is an illegal act, inviting strong action, one that I am appalled by, and one that has no concurrence from me at all. I have brought this to the notice of the concerned authorities, and asked my Digital Team to find out its origin so that we can initiate action against the perpetrator," he added.

Mr Modi sprang to the Bollywood veteran's defence on Thursday morning, tweeting: "Agree with @SrBachchan . The author of the fake video should take action immediately and apologize to Amitabh ji."



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