The current political situation in the country is quite intense given that the 2019 Lok Sabha elections are to take place in the coming months. Political parties are trying every trick in the book to get their party in the lower house. Over the years we have seen the parties leverage the influence of prominent B-town celebs to reach the voter and garner their support. While the digital platform has become one of the biggest mediums to reach out to people, it comes with a catch.
In a sting operation by non-profit organization Cobrapost, many Bollywood celebrities were exposed for striking a deal to promote a political party in exchange for money. Cobrapost named the sting operation as “operation Karaoke”
Here are some posts showing the trend-
Ready to tweet anything about any Party for a little money. They talk about nationalism & high values. Do you think he’s fit to play the role of the Hon’ble Prime Minister Modi Ji in the upcoming biopic who is clean and is fighting the war against corruption? pic.twitter.com/eZdNkIGqSw
— RD SINGH (@RD_BANA) February 20, 2019
#OperationKaraoke: Poonam Pandey is gung ho over the proposition from the word go. She says, “Hum log basically content hum log baat karke we can sort it out wo kar sakte hain” #BikaooBollywood pic.twitter.com/YfGuOVI7SX
— Cobrapost (@cobrapost) February 19, 2019
Many big celebs like Vivek Oberoi, Ameesha Patel, Sonu Sood, Jackie Shroff, Krushna Abhishek and others are seen in the video released by the Cobrapost. Celebrities do paid promotions for brands, but it has come as a shock to know that they agreed to share a political party’s agendas in exchange of money.
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.
#OperationKaraoke and #BikaauBollywood are trending on social media today. These celebrities influence millions of people. Now, their followers are lashing out at them.
Hats off to @cobrapost for this lovely montage of Bollywood shoving "national interest" and "self-respect" off the nearest mountain in exchange for political promotion gigs with large cash components. What a sad bunch of hucksters. #OperationKaraoke
— Mitali Saran (@mitalisaran) February 20, 2019