In the above tweet shared with a 14-second video clip we can see and hear the actor Shahrukh Khan speaking. The post says “shame on the people who support Shahrukh and boycott him and his movie Jawan.”
Moreover the user has also added some captions over the video such as “Boycott SRK I am Muslim & Pakistani, not Hindu or Hindustani”. This same post was earlier shared by another user as shorts on YouTube. Come, let’s check the authenticity of this viral claim.
What’s the truth?
When we started our research, we noticed the small title in between the caption written over the viral clip. It read as “26/11: In Remembrance.” We took that as a cue and searched further and with the help of Google Reverse Image search we came across the YouTube page namely, “Villikissa06” where we saw the video with the same caption uploaded on 1 December 2009.
The video was 4 minutes 47 seconds titled, ‘Shahrukh Khan’s Speech at “A Nation In Solidarity Against Terror” (with subs)’ and when we looked into the description box we got the actual date of the event. According to the YouTube video description, the event was “A Nation In Solidarity Against Terror” at India Gate on 29.11.2009, organized by the Indian government in remembrance of the Mumbai terrorist attacks on 26.-29.11.2008.
Moreover, when we saw the smaller version of the video we were able to see the logo of NDTV, which helped us further to locate the full version of the event. This led us to the website of NDTV where we got our hands on the original video with a duration of 1 hour 10 minutes 49 seconds. This video was uploded with a title “Nation in solidarity for 26/11 martyrs” and published on 29 November, 2009.According to NDTV, the video was an event organized “At the India Gate to remember the martyrs of 26/11, to pay homage to those who lost their lives in the worst terror attack on India”.
In the video we can see the actress Nanditha Das introducing the actor Shahrukh Khan and he starts his speech at the time mark of 41 minutes and 36 seconds. He addresses the people with “Assalam Alaikum. I’m often asked nowadays, probably you are asked the same thing, what is your opinion on terrorism? I find this a very strange question because no one can have a difference of opinion on terrorism.
Maybe because I’m a Muslim, people ask me to make sure my opinion is the same as theirs. I’ve been taught the Quran from childhood and I’ve made an effort to understand it and to walk the path that Allah has taught us. I’m very, very proud to be a good Muslim.” The last line of this passage is taken and used in the viral clip and circulated with false claims.
After this, the actor went on to talk about his different religious experiences and the culture of India. He said, “This country has also taught me a lot of things. In the street where I lived, people like Sharma ji have taught me the Gita. In my neighborhood Ram Lilas, I’ve played the role of a monkey in the monkey army. I was taught Christianity in my school.
I made a film on Buddhism with my friends and my wife is a Punjabi Hindu. Through all these relationships and friendships, I’ve become a better human being. I’ve become an Indian and I’m very, very proud to be an Indian.”
While we heard the whole speech nowhere in the video he uses the phrase “He is a Pakistani and not a Hindustani.” This clearly proves that the viral clip is shared with false accusations against the actor.
Therefore, we conclude that the tweet shared with the caption over the video is circulated with the intention of accusing the actor, but in reality, there is nothing heard as “Pakistani” in the whole video as claimed in the viral post. To sum up, the video is edited and spread with false narratives.