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Actress Prior to Poonam Pandey Who Staged Death Scenario

The publicity stunt engineered by Bhatt involved the dissemination of false news regarding Koirala's demise.Circulated posters depicting her death added fuel to the media frenzy, sparking widespread speculation and controversy.

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By Prerit Chauhan
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In the realm of celebrity publicity, the boundaries of ethics and attention-seeking tactics often blur, as demonstrated by the recent staged death scenario involving Indian actress Poonam Pandey. This controversial incident, ostensibly aimed at raising awareness about cervical cancer, has ignited a storm of criticism and debate across social and traditional media platforms.

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Pandey's theatrical announcement of her own demise on February 2, 2024, via Instagram, left many bewildered and outraged. The shockwaves reverberated through online communities, triggering a deluge of reactions ranging from disbelief to condemnation. However, while Pandey's ploy may seem unprecedented in its audacity, history reveals that such sensationalist tactics have a precedent in the annals of Bollywood.

 

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A flashback to 1995 transports us to the promotional campaign surrounding Mahesh Bhatt's film 'Criminal'. Starring Manisha Koirala, Nagarjuna, and Ramya Krishna, the Hindi version of the film was slated for release that year. In a bid to generate buzz and ensure box office success, Mahesh Bhatt orchestrated a staged death stunt involving Manisha Koirala, a prominent actress of the time.

 

The publicity stunt engineered by Bhatt involved the dissemination of false news regarding Koirala's demise. Circulated posters depicting her death added fuel to the media frenzy, sparking widespread speculation and controversy. Despite its intended impact on the film's reception, the stunt backfired, resulting in legal repercussions for those involved.

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Interestingly, the irony of fate manifested years later when Manisha Koirala confronted a real battle with cancer. In 2012, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, marking the onset of a grueling journey towards remission. Koirala's struggle against the disease, characterized by hair loss and physical deterioration, mirrored the very malady that Pandey sought to spotlight through her deceptive act.

 

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Pandey's actions, while ostensibly rooted in a noble cause, have elicited sharp rebuke and condemnation from the public. The manipulation of her own mortality for the sake of publicity underscores the ethical quandaries inherent in the pursuit of fame and social relevance. Critics argue that the ends do not justify the means, particularly when such tactics exploit genuine issues for personal gain.

 

In the aftermath of the furor, Poonam Pandey released a video on February 3, 2024, offering a tepid clarification for her actions. She cited the imperative of raising awareness about cervical cancer as the impetus behind her staged death announcement. Nevertheless, her explanation failed to assuage the ire of her detractors, who decried her actions as irresponsible and insensitive.

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