Vikrant Massey’s clash with a cab driver video is not real rather it’s for an Ad campaign!

The video showing Vikrant Massey having verbal spat with a cab driver is a commercial for the inDrive company

Claim

12th Fail’ actor Vikrant Massey clashes with a cab driver. The video is going viral on social media. Vikrant Massey

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Explanation

A cab driver is shown in a 59-second video conversing on his cellphone camera while he advises his passenger to pay the fare. It’s interesting to note that Vikrant Massey, a Bollywood actor, is riding with him and has refused to pay the driver’s requested fee. As they both gripe about the app’s problems, they get into a verbal altercation. This video is shared with a claim stating, that “12th Fail’ actor Vikrant Massey clashes with a cab driver. The video is going viral on social media.” You can view a similar claim post here.

What’s the truth?

Starting with pertinent keyword searches, such as “Vikrant Massey cab ride” and “taxi driver clash with Vikrant Massey,” we conducted our investigation. This brought up numerous reports dated May 9, 2024.

The Deccan Herald article is titled, “Viral video showing Vikrant Massey fighting with a cab driver is an ad for the inDrive.”

According to the article, in the footage, Vikrant Massey and the cab driver are seen quarreling about the expensive rate. Massey’s encounter with a taxi driver first generated debate and conjecture on social media sites. Massey, renowned for his composed manner, is observed getting into a heated argument with the driver about the cost of the taxi ride. Many of the actor’s followers are confused and disappointed by this behavior.

The article went on to add that, this was really an ad for an impending inDrive commercial, a publicity stunt by Gaslight actor Vikrant Massey. As we dug deeper, it became clear that the entire scenario was carefully planned as part of an advertising campaign for a company that wants to transform the transportation sector.

Also, the article quoted, “A source close to the project spilled the beans and said, “This video is for inDrive, who are gradually expanding their presence in the Indian market. The company has roped Vikrant as their face and shot this viral video at noon outside a plush hotel in Delhi. Another video is being prepared and will hit the internet soon, added a source close to the project.”

CNBCTV18.com and Exchange4media.com also covered this same incident.

Further investigation turned up a News Flash 18 YouTube video from May 10, 2024. The title of the video reads, “InDrive’s India Brand Ambassador, Vikrant Massey, Announced.”

We realized after watching the entire film that he talks about fair pricing in the press conference and how that is the focus of the campaign.

All of this data confirms that the viral film is not about a real fight as the claim indicates, but rather an actor Vikrant Massey’s advertising campaign.

Conclusion:

Therefore, we conclude that the widely circulated rumor that actor Vikrant Massey gets into a fight with a taxi driver is false and misleading. The viral video is actually a carefully thought-out, staged commercial production.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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