Hyderabad: A video clip of an interview of Bollywood actor Kareena Kapoor with journalist Barkha Dutt is circulating on WhatsApp. The clip has been shared with the claim that she is asking the audience not to watch her movies, including her upcoming movie 'Lal Singh Chadda'.
In the video, the actor can be heard saying that it is people who are making "nepotistic stars". She says, "You are going to watch the movie. Nobody has forced you."
People are sharing the video with the caption, "Kareena Khan has clearly said "Don't go to see our film, we don't force you to watch the film"… now if you have a little self-respect in you then don't go to see her upcoming film 'Lal Singh Chadha'."
The video has been taken out of context and shared with misleading claims.
First, NewsMeter searched for a similar claim on Facebook and Twitter and found that the same video was shared in August 2020 with the same claim. This indicates that the video is not recent.
We also found the longer version of the video on the YouTube channel Mojo Story dated 3 August 2020. The video is titled "Talking Responsible Fashion, Nepotism & Speaking your Mind." At around the 22:21 mark, Kareena can be heard saying, "The audience has made us, nobody else has made us. People pointing fingers, they are only making these nepotistic stars, right? You are going to the movies, so don't go then. Nobody has forced you so I don't understand because this whole discussion is completely weird." This conversation was part of a discussion on nepotism in Bollywood.
The interview discusses responsible fashion and the campaign Baradari Project that seeks to place the karigar (artisan) at the centre of fashion. In between, the panelists discuss nepotism in connection with fashion. However, Kareena does not ask the audience to stop watching her movies, including her upcoming movie 'Lal Singh Chadda'. She talks about Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, and Rajkummar Rao who have made it big despite not belonging to a Bollywood family as they worked hard. So is the case with star kids who have also worked hard, she adds.
Evidently, a video clip from an interview has been taken out of context and shared with a misleading claim.