A video of UP CM Yogi Adityanath comparing Shah Rukh Khan with the 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed is going viral on social media, with the claim that Yogi Adityanath has asked people to boycott Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming film ‘Pathan.’ In the video Yogi Adityanath is heard hitting out at Shah Rukh Khan for ‘speaking the language of a terrorist’, and that there is no difference between his language and that of Hafiz Saeed.
The video has been shared by Twitter user @VedaAshok2 along with the caption ‘#BoycottShahrukhKhan Film #BoycottPathan. Listen Bold Statement from Yogi Aadityanath, CM of U.P. #JagoHindu’
Newschecker found similar claims on Twitter and Facebook with different captions.
Shah Rukh Khan has been in the news recently after he released a poster for his upcoming film ‘Pathan’ on his social media. Newschecker recently debunked a claim by social media users that Shah Rukh Khan might have to sell his house if the film doesn’t do well.
Fact Check/ Verification
Newschecker conducted a Google reverse image search on the key-frames of the viral video to ascertain its authenticity and found a tweet by ANI uploaded on 4th November, 2015. The tweet contained the same video which has now gone viral with a different claim.
Upon performing a keyword search, Newschecker found a news article uploaded by The Indian Express uploaded on 5th November, 2015.
According to the article “after actor Shah Rukh Khan said there was “growing intolerance” in the country, BJP MP Yogi Adityanath Wednesday compared him to Pakistani terrorist and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, and said he is “welcome” to go to Pakistan.”
Yogi Adityanath went on to say “that if the “majority community” were to boycott his films, Shah Rukh would have to wander the streets like a “common Muslim”. “I am saying these people are speaking the language of terror. I think there is no difference in the language of Shah Rukh Khan and Hafiz Saeed.”
Newschecker also found another news article uploaded by The Hindustan Times on 4th November, 2015 which relayed the same information.
According to the investigation conducted by Newschecker, an old video from 2015 is being passed off as UP CM Yogi Aditynath asking people to boycott Shah Rukh Khan’s latest film ‘Pathan.’
Result: False Context/False
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