Candid Photo Of India's First PM? Not Quite

BOOM found that the viral image is from the 2013 play 'Drawing The Line' centered on Cyril Radcliffe and his role in the partition of India.
nehru kissing a woman

A photograph claiming to show an intimate moment between India's Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru is a actually a scene from a 2013 play 'Drawing The Line' centered around the partition of India.

The image is being shared in the backdrop of November 14, 1889, being Nehru's birthday and celebrated in India as Children's Day.

The photograph was tweeted falsely claiming that it shows Nehru intimate with a foreigner.

Nehru Tweet
Now deleted tweet

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The same image has been viral before and doing the rounds on Facebook with false claims.

FACT-CHECK

We performed a reverse image search using Yandex, a Russian search engine and the results showed that the viral image is from a 2013 play ‘Drawing the Line’, where Lucy Black played Lady Mountbatten and Silas Carson played Nehru.

The search results showed that the same image can be spotted in an article about the play published in the British tabloid Metro on December 11, 2013.

Nehru kissing Metro article
Metro article on the play

The summary of the play can be found on the website of the Hampstead Theatre, London, which was directed by Howard Brenton, centered on Cyril Radcliffe and his part in the partition of India.

Radcliffe was given the chairmanship of the two boundary committees set up to draw the borders for the new nations of Pakistan and India.

Nehru kissing cast
Cast details on the play's official website

One can spot the same photograph on the play's official website under the section 'Video and Image Gallery'

Nehru kissing scene from play
Scene from the play
Claim Review :  Photo Shows Nehru About To Kiss A Woman
Claimed By :  Twitter users
Fact Check :  FALSE
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