Hyderabad: A screenshot of director Ram Gopal Varma's tweet along with a movie poster is viral on WhatsApp. In the tweet, RGV announces his new project, the movie "Muppavala" which in Telugu translates to 75 paisa.
In the tweet, RGV shares the movie poster and writes, "On this beautiful occasion I would like to announce my new project of new relation".
Though nothing has been said directly, the poster looks like a satirical attempt to tarnish the image of Janasena party leader and Tollywood actor Pawan Kalyan.
The claim had gone viral in 2020 on Twitter and Facebook.
In the caption to these posts, a link has been provided. When clicked, a user is directed to an error page.
The claim that director Ram Gopal Varma has announced his latest movie "Muppavala" on Twitter is FALSE.
NewsMeter searched RGV's Twitter account but did not find any recent tweets making such an announcement.
However, we did find a tweet from 16 January 2020 where the director had posted the viral screenshot and clarified that the image was doctored. "To whomsoever concerned the below is a doctored/morphed image and nothing to do with me ..If anyone wishes they can check my tweet history," he had tweeted.
Many news outlets had reported on the fake image and RGV's clarification. They said the movie was a satire on Janasena leader Pawan Kalyan and that his fans had criticized the director and trolled him. Responding to these trolls, the director had said that the image had been doctored and he had no connection with the movie.
Therefore, the claim that director Ram Gopal Varma has announced his latest movie "Muppavala", a satire on Jenasena leader Pawan Kalyan, on Twitter is FALSE.