Fact Check: Viral video claiming Modi watched Pathan trailer and clapped in praise of Shah Rukh Khan is morphed
Pathan, an action-thriller film featuring Shah Rukh Khan, was the point of controversy for several reasons. The hashtag #boycottpathan was trending on social media even before the movie was released.
Pathan, an action-thriller film featuring Shah Rukh Khan, was the point of controversy for several reasons. The hashtag #boycottpathan was trending on social media even before the movie was released. The song Besharam rang also drew criticism with Deepika Padukone being in the eye of the storm.
While controversies continue over the film, a video of the Indian Prime Minister is in circulation with the claim that he was watching the trailer of Pathan movie on television and clapping in praise of the Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan.
The video is in circulation on all social media platforms with the caption “Pathan ka bacha - Lo bhakto ab to tumare modi papa bhi dekh rhe h
#PathanTrailer ab to dekhna hi pdega”
The claim that the Indian PM is watching the Pathan movie trailer in the video is false. The original video shows Prime Minister watching Chandrayaan-2 launch by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro).
When the key frames extracted from the video were searched using Google reverse image search, we found that the video has been morphed. The original video shows Modi watching the live telecast of the launch of Chandrayaan-2.
The original video was shared by ANI on its Twitter account in July 2019.
A longer version of the video was also shared by the YouTube channel of India Today in 2019 with the title PM Modi Watching Live Telecast Of Chandrayaan-2 Launch. The video description states that ‘Prime Minister Narendra Modi watched the live telecast of Chandrayaan-2 launch by Isro. Isro’s Moon Mission, Chandrayaan-2, was successfully launched from the Sriharikota space station.
After a tense countdown at the Isro space centre, Chandrayaan-2 launch took place on a Monday, after the initial attempt on July 15 was abandoned due to a technical snag, while being watched by many across the nation.
In his recent speech, Modi warned his ministers to focus on work rather than make unnecessary comments on films. During the BJP national executive meeting in New Delhi, PM Modi said, “No one should make unnecessary comments that would overshadow the hard work we do.”
The same video was previously viral with the claim that Modi is watching the last episode of Ramayana, a TV series telecast on DD National. This claim was debunked by several fact-check organizations in 2020.
Hence, the video of PM Modi watching Pathan movie trailer is a morphed one and the claim is false.