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Press Release: Operation Karaoke

February 19, 2019
Team Cobrapost

Cobrapost exposes three dozen Bollywood celebrities willing to post messages, as their personal opinion, on social media on behalf of political parties, for money. These celebrities include famous singers, comedians and actors from the entertainment industry, TV and films. | Read more|

Operation Karaoke

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

An investigation 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 | Read more|

Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Bollywood Playback Singer

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Facebook pe acchi-acchi cheejein karoonga, gaali nahi doonga thoda musical gaa ke you know guitar leke wo sab bahut viral hoga Modiji kee tareef mein ek gaana ki ‘Ye hee hai aur kaun hai’ (I will write good posts on Facebook. I will not abuse anybody. I will play a musical, holding a guitar, you know, and sing a | Read more|

Jackie Shroff, Bollywood Actor

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

Wo game hota hai apna-apna yaar … apne ko kya hai apna kaam hai hum acchi baatein hum faila rahe hain saath mein dhan bhi de rahe hain toh oopar waale se faqir kya maangta hai (That is the rule of the game, friend … I have no problem. What I am supposed to do is spread good words and you would be paying me money in | Read more|

Sunny Leonne, Model and Bollywood Actor

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Modi Sir ne Daniel ko overseas citizen banaya toh hum zaroor support karenge (We will definitely support provided Modi Sir [the BJP government] grant Daniel overseas citizen status).” | Read more|

Mika Singh, Bollywood Playback Singer and Performer

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Humne kuch bola tha Kanwaljeet ko bhi ki iske alawa kisi aur ko bhi chahiye toh main do-chaar logon se baat kar loonga … lekin pehle ek baar apna ho jaaye (I had told Kanwaljeet that if you need help I can rope in some more people … but first let me start it).” | Read more|

Vivek Oberoi, Bollywood Actor

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Ye window kya rahega … kitne mahine ke liye karna hai (What will be this window … how many months I will have to do it).” | Read more|

Sonu Sood, Actor

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“But I feel ki jo apan 1.5 crore soch rahe hain it should be at least 2.5 (but I feel that the price 1.5 crore you have quoted, it should be at least 2.5).” | Read more|

Ameesha Patel, Model and Actor

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Samajho aap 28 ko aa rahe ho transaction ho jaata hai 28 kee sham ko main kar doongi taaki first week of September mein jab aapka pehla aa jaye toh wo paanch din ka gap rahega toh wo (Suppose, you say you are coming on 28. If transaction takes place on 28, I will post the tweet that very evening. So, when I receive | Read more|

Shreyas Talpade, Film Actor and Director

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Toh humein kyon 30 de rahe ho yaar humein bhi thoda better do (So why are you giving me Rs. 30 lakh, friend. Give me some more better remuneration).” | Read more|

Ganesh Acharya, Film Choreographer, Actor and Director

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Kya hai matlab jaise ye nau mahine ka hai … chaar-paanch mahine ka ek aapka white ka RTGS ho jaata na toh hum log confirm ho jaate ki kaam karna hai (I mean, this contract is for nine months … see if you can arrange RTGS of the white component of four-five months together, it would confirm that I have to work fo | Read more|

Surendra Pal, TV and Film Actor

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Bas aap ye dhyan rakhiyega ki aath mahine continue rakhein ye nahi ki beech mein chhod dein aap mujhe … aur agar ho sake toh fir aath mahine ke baad bhi fir continue rakhein usko aage bhi zaroorat padegi (Please see to it that you honour the contract for eight months. Don’t leave me half way through it … and i | Read more|

Puneet Issar, Actor and Director

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Main aapse discuss kar loonga … sir ye main inki maar sakta hoon destroy kar sakta hoon kya hai wo wo we will talk the money then (I will disuses the idea then … I will tell I can screw them up, I can destroy them. So, we will talk the money [part] then).” | Read more|

Tisca Chopra, Actor, Author and Film Producer

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Teen thoda kum hain. We charge five normally. That is my normal rate (Three [lakh rupees] is somewhat on lower side. We charge five normally. That is my normal rate).” | Read more|

Deepshikha Nagpal, TV and Film Actor and Director

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Aap mujhe ek cheej bhejoge … content. Usko content ko apne hissab se appreciate karoongi that is (You will have to send me one thing … [yes] content. I will appreciate it in my own way. That is …).” | Read more|

Rohit Roy, TV and Film Actor

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Mere toh sub followers ko pata hai ki main bina wajeh paid tweet bhi nahi karta hoon (All my followers also know it well that I never make even paid tweets without reason).” | Read more|

Rajpal Yadav, Film Actor

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Badnaam karo toh kuein mein matlab dubki mat lagwao (Don’t give me a bad name or push me into the well).” | Read more|

Sunil Pal, Stand-up Comedian and Actor

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“BJP itni badi party hai kyonki inhone duniya se liya bahut hai inhone… inhone Nirav Modi ko de diya falaan ko de diya hai toh hum kalakaaron ko bhi de dein kuch (The BJP is so big a party. They say it has gained a lot from the world … [they say] they have given so much to Nirav Modi, they have given so much to o | Read more|

Vijay Ishwarlal Pawar, aka VIP, Stand-up Comedian

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Uski maa bolegi Modiji baar-baar aap kyon jeet rahe ho. Mere khyal se Rahul bhi Modiji ko hee vote de raha hai wo bhi Modiji ko hee vote de raha hai Pappu (His mother [Sonia Gandhi] asking Modiji why he has been winning all the time. I think son Rahul is sure voting Modiji. That Pappu).” | Read more|

Minissha Lamba, Model and Actor

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Lekin aapne mujhe bola tha ki saara cash hoga (But you had told me payment will be made entirely in cash).” | Read more|

Koena Mitra, Model and Actor

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Nahi, nahi. Kejriwal ko maine thoda troll kiya tha … Kejriwal ko maine thoda troll karke likha tha unka thoda mazaak udake likha tha. Public ko bahut pasand aaya tha wo (No, no. I somewhat trolled Kejriwal … I had written while trolling Kejriwal. I had poked fun at him. Public loved it very much).” | Read more|