“BBC News Hindi” is sharing on social media a screenshot of a tweet allegedly made by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan referring to Pakistan as his second home and announcing that he would donate the first day collections of his film “Pathaan”. A Pakistani NGO, before the release of ‘Pathaan’. The post says that the actors of Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan, John Abraham and Deepika Padukone have supported this decision taken by Shah Rukh Khan and said that they are not afraid of the boycott group. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.
Claim: A purported tweet from ‘BBC News Hindi’ reporting Shah Rukh Khan’s recent comments on Pakistan.
In fact: The screenshot of the tweet shared in the post is modified. The text ‘Twitter for OKsatire’ could be seen below this modified tweet shared in the post. Shah Rukh Khan did not make any announcement about donating the first day collections of Pathaan to a Pakistani NGO and BBC did not tweet about these comments of Shah Rukh Khan. Also, Deepika Padukone also did not comment against those advocating the boycott recently. Hence the claim made in the post LIE.
To check whether “BBC News Hindi” reported any such news on its official Twitter handle, we can’t find any Also, if you look closely at the tweet, you could see the text ‘Twitter for OKsatire’ below this modified tweet shared in the post. A simple tweet from the BBC’s official Twitter handle and a screenshot shared in the post can be seen below.
When we searched to check if Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan had announced to donate the first day collections to a Pakistani NGO, we could not find any news confirming this information. Shah Rukh Khan in several interviews has opened up about his ancestral origins in Pakistan and said that his father is from Peshawar, Pakistan. Several news websites published articles detailing his family history. They can be seen here and here. But recently, he didn’t make any announcement about donating the first day collections of Pathaan to a charity in Pakistan.
Following the boycott trends and online hate campaign about ‘Pathaan’, Shah Rukh recently said at the opening of the Kolkata International Film Festival, “Social networks are often driven by a certain narrow point of view that limits human nature to its core. I read somewhere that negativity increases the consumption of social media and thus also increases its commercial value. Such activities encapsulate the collective narrative, making it divisive and destructive“. Shah Rukh Khan gave a message of positivity in his speech but did not make a direct statement about the boycott calls. Lately, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham also did not make a statement against the boycott call.
Earlier, when some social media users made similar posts that Shah Rukh Khan donated 45 crores to Pakistan, FACTLY published a verification.
In short, this purported ‘BBC News’ tweet about Shah Rukh Khan’s promise to donate the first day collections of “Pathaan” to a Pakistani NGO is fake.