Former Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi is (once again) facing ridicule online for sharing a dramatic video with an outlandish and unverified claim. The video in question shows a shark leaping out of water to take down a helicopter. If that sounds unlikely and unbelievable, that’s because it is.
The video shared by Kiran Bedi shows a shark jumping out of water, clamping its jaws around a helicopter and bringing the aircraft down, leading to an explosion. The video then cuts to a group of people watching the incredible scene unfold in horror. Text superimposed on the clip claims that National Geographic paid $1 million for the rare video.“Watch this,” Bedi wrote while sharing the clip on Twitter this morning.
Watch this pic.twitter.com/Io0PQb567U
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) May 11, 2022
The video is actually shows a scene from the 2017 movie 5 Headed Shark Attack. You can watch the original clip here.
This clip has gone viral with similar claims in the past as well, and the claims have been debunked by fact-checking services like Alt News.
Unsurprisingly, there have been no known real incidents of giant fish bringing down helicopters.
Bedi invited brutal trolling on Twitter for sharing the clip without verifying the bizarre claim.
National Geographic paid 1 million dollars for this because India's top cinematographer Madhu Kishwar shot this footage with multiple cameras, all in one take.— (@varungrover) May 11, 2022
Thank you, ma'am! You are a source of inspiration to lakhs of IAS/ IPS aspirants. It gives them confidence to think if someone with your IQ can make it, so can they
— PuNsTeR (@Pun_Starr) May 11, 2022
Mam ! A decorated police officer fooled by fake videos ??https://t.co/CjBR46GLzh— Buland Awaaz (@buland_awaaz) May 11, 2022
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) January 4, 2020
Or, before that, in 2017 when she shared doctored images of world landmarks lit up in the colours of the Indian flag.
Fantastic. Jai Hind. pic.twitter.com/itEiCcVSEu— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) January 27, 2017