Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi joined hands with Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan against the fake video circulating on the video-sharing website YouTube, which gives an impression that Bachchan is endorsing Modi's prime ministerial candidature.
Late on Wednesday, Bachchan posted on all of his social networking profiles, "DEAR ALL ... FAKE VIDEO CIRCULATION ... In the year 2007, I did a Lead India campaign for 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!!"
He later asked for his fans to watch the video and condemn it while he had sought the authorities terming the fake video, uploaded by the name of 'Jitega Bharat', as an 'illegal act'.
"FAKE !! FAKE !! FAKE !!! APPALLED AND ANGERED BY THIS ILLEGAL ACT ON ME .. PUTTING IT UP NOW, DO READ AND SEE AND CONDEMN .. !!!" Mr Bachchan had posted on Twitter.
To which Bharatiya Janata Party election campaign chief Modi tweeted back on Thursday, "Agree with @SrBachchan. The author of the fake video should take action immediately and apologize to Amitabh ji."
Bachchan was probably chosen as a target in the fake video as he is currently the brand ambassador of Gujarat tourism. He appeared in the ad campaign 'Khushboo Gujarat Ki' that has reportedly increased tourism in the state.