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An inquiry by Cobrapost exposes three dozen Bollywood celebrities, including famous singers, comedians and actors, willing to post messages, as their personal opinion, on social media on behalf of political parties, all for money.

Cobrapost posed as a PR agency and loomed the celebrities through their individual agents, sharing an outline of what they expected. The celebrities were expected to post messages from their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts and show them as their private opinions. Cobrapost claims the celebrities were willing to accept large sums of money—the majority of which would be in cash—in exchange. 

“Operation Karaoke” was shown to the media at Delhi Press Club on February 19, 2019, at 3.30 pm. The 36 celebrities “stung” by Cobrapost are: playback singers Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Kailash Kher, Mika Singh and Baba Sehgal; actors Jackie Shroff, Shakti Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, Sonu Sood, Ameesha Patel, Mahima Chaudhry, Shreyas Talpade, Puneet Issar, Surendra Pal, Pankaj Dheer and his son Nikitin Dheer, Tisca Chopra, Deepshikha Nagpal, Akhilendra Mishra, Rohit Roy, Rahul Bhat, Salim Zaidi, Rakhi Sawant, Aman Verma, Hiten Tejwani and his wife Gauri Pradhan, Evelyn Sharma, Minissha Lamba, Koena Mitra, Poonam Pandey, Sunny Leone; comedians Raju Srivastava, Sunil Pal, Rajpal Yadav, Upasana Singh, Krushna Abhishek and Vijay Ishwarlal Pawar; and choreographer Ganesh Acharya and dancer Sambhavana Seth.

All 36 celebrities have a reach of lakhs of followers on their Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.

Four celebrities were the exception to the rule: when approached by Cobrapost’s secret reporters, they refused to take part in this exercise. They are Arshad Warsi, Vidya Balan, Raza Murad and Saumya Tandon.

Well, it is now better that we do not follow the opinions of celebs in India as it is always directed and influenced by money and no personal agenda or feelings for the country’s betterment.

 


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Joydev Mishra

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