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Bollywood’s Selfie With PM Modi: Photoshopped Pic Goes Viral

Bollywood’s Selfie With PM Modi: Photoshopped Pic Goes Viral

The original image was photoshopped by a Twitter user and shared with caption ‘how Modi haters see it’.

A selfie of Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with members of the Hindi film fraternity has been photoshopped showing the actors wearing ‘Jai Shree Ram‘ bandannas and is being shared with misleading context online.

The prime minister met the delegation in New Delhi on January 10, 2019 and a selfie uploaded by filmmaker Karan Johar on his Instagram handle soon went viral.

From Karan Johar’s Instagram account

Actors such as Alia Bhat, Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Ayushmann Khurrana among others were present at the meeting.

A similar image was also shared by the official Twitter handles of several others including the official Facebook page of Narendra Modi.

Had a good meeting with popular film personalities.

Posted by Narendra Modi on Thursday, January 10, 2019
From the Prime Minister’s official Facebook page

However, the meeting was criticised by a few online who called it a public relations exercise.

Within hours a photoshopped version tweeted by Photoshop expert @Atheist_Krishna, surfaced online. The handle has a large following among Bharatiya Janata Party supporters on Twitter.

The photoshopped image, which has been shared with a caption ‘how Modi haters see it’, has already gone viral.

But the image which was intended to troll detractors is being shared by a few Facebook pages and Twitter handles with an entirely different narrative.

The Twitter handle @lights_asc shared the picture with a caption: mandir toh banega (the temple will be made).

Selfie Of The Year 📷

Posted by Dear Crush on Thursday, January 10, 2019
Shared over 2000 times

#अब_बोलो_नाइस_पिक स्टारों के साथ सुपर स्टार जय श्री राम🚩🚩

Posted by बदलते भारत की तसवीर on Thursday, January 10, 2019
Same image shared with caption in Hindi that reads “superstar alon with stars. Jai Shriram.”

You can access the archived versions of the Facebook posts here and here.

Even a website named Daily Post, which calls itself a news portal, in its article shared both the images without once mentioning that the image with actors sporting a tilak and and Jai Shri Ram bandannas is photoshopped. Read the archived version of the report here.

No mention of photoshopped image in the caption

No mention of photoshopped image in the story

While some Facebook users are putting the original image in the comments section of the posts, there are several others who have commented with a Jai Shri Ram.

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Sumit is a fact checker and the News Editor of Boom's Hindi wing. In the six years of his journalistic career, he has worked with the New Indian Express, Times of India and Deccan Chronicle. The dynamic nature of digital media finally made him take the leap from print to online, and don the hat of a digital detective.

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