Hyderabad: A picture of actress Urmila Matondkar and her husband Mohsin Akhtar is viral on social media.

Users claim Urmila is the niece of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat

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Fact Check

The claim is False.

Newsmeter performed a Google Reverse Image Search of the viral picture, which directed us to a report published by The Indian Express on May 25, 2016. The report was titled 'Urmila Matondkar, hubby Mohsin Akhtar Mir enjoy a romantic dinner date'.

According to the report, actress Urmila Matondkar married Kashmir-based businessman Mohsin Akhtar Mir on March 3 in a quiet ceremony. Urmila's close friend and celebrity designer Manish Malhotra was the only person from Bollywood to attend the wedding.

According to a report by Jagran on March 06, 2016, Mohsin has appeared in the Bollywood film 'Luck by Chance'. Mohsin was in the role of Farhan's rival model in this film. Apart from this, he was seen in the lead role in the movie 'It's Man's World'. Mohsin was seen in the role of a male sex worker in this film directed by Saurabh Sen Gupta.

We then performed a keyword search to find if the actress is the niece of Mohan Bhagwat. There is no evidence that can prove any relationship even quite far between Urmila and Mohan Bhagwat.

We then found that the claim has been doing rounds since 2016. `smhoaxslayer' had debunked the viral claim in 2016. It was again debunked by India Today and Aaj Tak in 2019.

It is therefore evident that the claim is misleading. There is no relationship between actress Urmila Matondkar and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. The actress is not the niece of Mohan Bhagwat

Claim Review :   Actress Urmila Matondkar is the niece of Mohan Bhagwat
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Tejal Sinha

Tejal Sinha is currently a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is pursuing Masters in Journalism and Communication from St Francis College for Women. She is open to learning new things while exploring the road to unbiased journalism. She has also been awarded best report by women journalists, 2021. You can follow Tejal on Twitter @SinhaTejal

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