Doctored video shows PM Modi watching Pathaan trailer

A video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly watching and applauding the trailer of Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Pathaan’ is being widely shared on social media.

By Md Mahfooz Alam  Published on  21 Jan 2023 9:17 AM GMT
Doctored video shows PM Modi watching Pathaan trailer

Hyderabad: A video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly watching and applauding the trailer of Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Pathaan’ is being widely shared on social media.

A Twitter user shared the video and wrote, “Hounarable PM @narendramodi ji watching the #Trailer of #Pathaan in PM office…” (Archive)


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Several other Twitter users shared the video with the same claim. (Click here and here to view the posts.)

The claim comes after PM Modi, during the BJP National Executive in New Delhi, advised BJP leaders to refrain from making unnecessary remarks against films and personalities to grab headlines.

Fact Check

NewsMeter found that the video has been doctored. The original video shows PM Modi watching the launch of Chandrayaan-2.

On performing a reverse image search of the video’s keyframe, we found an extended version of the video tweeted by the news agency ANI on 22 July 2019. The video shows Mr. Modi clad in the same attire as seen in the viral video. The caption states that he was watching the live telecast of the launch of Chandrayaan-2 by ISRO.

On 22 July 2019, Hindustan Times published the same video on its YouTube channel. The video is titled “Chandrayaan-2 launch: PM Modi watches lift-off.” It shows Mr. Modi in the same attire as seen in the viral video. According to the description, the video shows Mr. Modi watching the live telecast of the Chandrayaan-2 launch.

On 22 July 2019, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched India’s second moon mission from Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota.

NDTV and DNA also carried a still from the video of Mr. Modi watching the Chandrayaan-2 launch while reporting about India’s ambitious moon mission.

It is evident that the viral video of Mr. Modi watching the trailer of SRK’s ‘Pathaan’ is doctored. Hence, we conclude that the video is misleading.

Claim Review:The video shows PM Modi watching the Pathaan trailer
Claimed By:Social Media users
Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:Twitter
Claim Fact Check:Misleading
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