The Doordarshan anchor who was assigned to cover the inauguration of the International Film Festival of India in Goa last week is reportedly "traumatised" after being derided on social media for her on-air bloopers .
“Thousands of people have called her things like ‘stupid’ or ‘dumb’, or ruthlessly ridiculed her on the social media. My daughter is deeply traumatised," the 25-year-old anchor's mother told The Telegraph.
In the course of an hour that she spent at the red carpet of the event, the anchor seemed rather clueless. In one instance, she introduced Mridula Sinha, the governor of Goa as the "governor of India". She even misidentifies the governor's gender.
The anchor also had some serious admission to make as a journalist covering the film festival: “I don’t know much about films and stuffs in depth.”
She emphasised on how "obliged" she felt to be able to attend the festival in Goa. "Goa is going to become a very, very significant part of this world. All around the world, Goa will be known for its festivals. I mean, I am just obliged to be a part of it”.
The anchor faced flak on the social media, and a YouTube video featuring her at the event went viral.
“She is distraught and keeps repeating that her life and career are over,” The Telegraph quoted her mother as saying.
Meanwhile, Doordarshan officials have reportedly initiated an inquiry into who leaked the video. “What has happened has happened… we all make mistakes,” Mukesh Sharma, additional director general, western zone, said.
"The live event wasn’t even noticed by many. It’s the YouTube video that has created the controversy… It was a deliberate mischief.”
Doordarshan is no stranger to committing broadcasting blunders. While covering Narendra Modi’s recent US tour, DD had instead shown footage of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's trip to America for quite a while.