Poonam Pandey’s Controversial Awareness Stunt: Faking Death for Cervical Cancer

Bollywood actress, social media influencer, and model Poonam Pandey recently shocked her fans with a controversial publicity stunt aimed at raising awareness about cervical cancer. In a bizarre move, Panday falsely claimed to have passed away on her social media accounts, leaving her followers in a state of shock and disbelief.

The stunt, intended to shed light on the often-ignored issue of cervical cancer, has ignited a firestorm of criticism, with many expressing anger and frustration over what they perceive as an insensitive and irresponsible approach to a serious health concern.

On a seemingly ordinary day, Poonam Pandey took to her social media platforms to announce her demise, sending shockwaves through her fan base. The posts claimed that the actress had succumbed to cervical cancer, urging followers to pay attention to their health and undergo regular screenings for early detection.

A day after that absurd stunt she announced in a video message that she was alive.

I am alive. I didn’t die of cervical cancer. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same about the hundreds and thousands of women who have lost their lives due to cervical cancer.

“I am sorry caused this tear and I am sorry to those I have hurt. My intention: to shock everyone into the conversation that we are not talking enough about – cervical cancer,” she said in another post.

She said that her “death” post was an effort to initiate a conversation and spread awareness about cervical cancer.

“Unlike some other cancers, Cervical Cancer is entirely preventable. The key lies in the HPV vaccine and early detection tests. We have the means to ensure no one loses their life to this disease,” she said.

However, the shocking revelation was met with immediate backlash from fans and followers who felt betrayed and misled. Many criticized Panday for exploiting a sensitive issue like cancer for personal gain, branding the stunt as tasteless and irresponsible. Fans expressed their anger over what they perceived as a callous approach to a genuine health concern that affects thousands of women worldwide.

The 32-year-old shot to fame during the 2011 Cricket World Cup when she posted a video message saying she would strip if Team India won. She did not, but did post a nude photo when her favourite team Kolkata Knight Riders won the IPL the next year. Over the years, she has gathered a legion of social media followers with her controversial statements and was often seen in explicit videos.

In 2022, she drew wide attention with a stint in the Kangana Ranaut-led reality show ‘Lock Upp’. She also acted in some films.