#OperationKaraoke Exposes 36 Bollywood Celebrities Including Sunny Leone
What is OPERATION KARAOKE ?
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.
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 paean in praise of Modiji like ‘Ye hee hai aur kaun hai’).
“We normally jo bhi ek tweet ka ek post ka hum 2 lakh rupaye charge karte hain (We normally … for a tweet or post I charge Rs. 2 lakh).”
I love this idea, I really like. It’s very subtle.
HITEN TEJWANI & GAURI PRADHAN
Haan, better rahega kyon bataaon main aapko ye saala GST ek bamboo hai (Haan, it will be better. Why? I will tell you. This GST acts like a bamboo both for me and for you).
Jhoot mooth ke Tweet kitna milega … kya budget lekar aaye ho (You mean, fake Tweets. How much will you pay … What is your budget)?
Lekin aapne mujhe bola tha ki saara cash hoga (But you had told me payment will be made entirely in cash)
PANKAJ DHEER & NIKITIN DHEER
What do I stand to gain? Mera gain kya hai ismein (What is there for me to gain in this deal)?
Hum log basically content hum log baat karke we can sort it out wo kar sakte hain (We can basically discuss the content, we can sort it out, we can do that).
Kum shabdon mein teer lag jaaye sateek (It should hit the target using fewer words).
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).
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 if it is possible continue it after eight months. You may need it further).
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).
Haan, aap pehle hee pay karte hain (Yes, do you pay in advance).
I would love all in cash.
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 the first advance in the first week of September, there will be a gap of five days).
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 …).
“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 for you).”
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 return … What more a faqir can ask for from the God).
“Hum ye kaam kar payenge (I will be able to do this job).”
“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).”
“Okay hoon … toh usmein mujhe kya milega kaise karenge (Okay humm … so what would I get in return and how would it be done).”
“Badnaam karo toh kuein mein matlab dubki mat lagwao (Don’t give me a bad name or push me into the well).”
“Aur doosra kya waise kya rehta hai in logon ka kya offer hai (… and the second thing … anyway what is their offer).”
“Last time bhi aise hua tha mujhe hire kiya tha Rajnath ji ne pata hai (Last time around the same had happened. I was hired by Rajnath ji, you know).”
“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).”
“Main expect karoongi ki kum se kum mere paas pachaas tak to aaye (I would expect at least Rs. 50 lakh.”
“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).”
“Number one mein daalo mat (Don’t pay in number one).”
“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).”
Vijay Ishwarlal Pawar (V.I.P.)
“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).”
“Ye window kya rahega … kitne mahine ke liye karna hai (What will be this window … how many months I will have to do it).”
“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).”
“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).”
“Jo mudda hai usmein se chaar mudda mujhe de do main anchor link mein dalwa doonga (Give me four issues. I will put those issues in the anchor link).”
Mastermind of #OperationKaraoke Investigation
Aniruddha Bahal is the Cobrapost Editor, and his exclusive video on the investigations & acheivements.