Saturday, August 19, 2006

Aishwarya Rai Dead?

Aishwarya Rai Dead! Suddenly out of nowhere, rumours started doing the rounds: Aishwariya Rai had a car accident in Germany last night and died because of a severe head injury. Fans and the media went into a tizzy. In reality, Ash is doing fine.

A website, which if believed, Aishwarya Rai would probably be dead by now. A post of the website flashed saying Aishwarya Rai 'died in a tragic car accident'.

This is what a part of the news article read:
"Highway Safety Investigators have told reporters that Aishwarya Rai lost control while driving a friend's vehicle on Interstate 80 and rolled the vehicle several times killing her instantly."

After almost sending Ash's fans into a frantic tizzy, the web site posted a disclaimer at the end saying:

"This story was dynamically generated using a generic 'template' and is not factual. Any reference to specific individuals has been 100 per cent fabricated by web site visitors who have created fake stories by entering a name into a blank 'non-specific' template for the purpose of entertainment."

"I don't know who is spreading these false rumours," says Hari Singh, the actress' business manager. "I have got several calls from national as well as international media about this but let me clarify that Aishwariya Rai is fine."

"At present, she is shooting for Mani Ratnam's Guru in Chennai," he adds.

It may be recalled that about a decade ago, there were strong rumours that Shah Rukh Khan had been shot dead in Dubai.

"Why is such irresponsible news spread?" Singh wonders. "It is really shocking and disappointing."

However the real reason behind websites posting such news is to gain popularity. Such news spreads fast and results in the website getting large traffic, which in turn may add up to additional advertising revenues.

Our country is so mad about Aishwarya and such news is sure to create panic, curiosity and doubt.


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