A young boy is filming his younger brother walk through their compound, towards their grandmother who is bent over a well, drawing water from it.
While the boy sounds excited at holding the mobile phone, his grandmother promptly shouts at him for taking the phone. In the seconds that follow, the two young boys proceed to smile for a selfie, with their grandmother in the background, who continues to draw water from the well. Even as the boy happily announce that he is taking a selfie, even inviting his grandmother's attention, she is seen falling into the well crying for help. \
The alarmed kids drop the phone and before someone comes to get the phone, one can vividly hear the children crying out to their grandmother.
This video has been circulating on social media platforms for the past few days, some with a caption that read, āA grandmother in Kerala accidentally fell into the well while her grandchildren took a selfieā.
But is that the whole story to the video? Turns out, there is more to the video that meets the eye.
On Friday, Radhakrishnan, reportedly an upcoming director, called for a press meet in Palakkad. With him was Shornur-native Rajalekshmi Amma. Yes, the same grandmother in the video.
In the press meet, Radhakrishnan disclosed that the incident was not real, contrary to what hundreds of people now believe. He said that the video was shot as a promotional video for his film.
According to reports, Radhakrishnan's intention was to convey how easy it was to propagate fake videos on the internet. Radhakrishnan also reportedly said that he and his friends had circulated the video online.
"We didn't mean to hurt anyone. This is a scene from my upcoming movie. We just meant this to provide caution to people, at a time when it is so easy to propagate false news online. Conveying that social message was our intention, although it is a marketing technique," he said in a video published by Asianetnews.