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My Intention Was Only To Get Laughs, Not To Spread Fake News: Kunal Kamra On Photoshopped Gambhir Pic

My Intention Was Only To Get Laughs, Not To Spread Fake News: Kunal Kamra On Photoshopped Gambhir Pic

“It was purely to get a laugh from my audience”, Kunal Kamra on why he created a photoshopped image of Gautam Gambhir.

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An image of cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir wearing a saffron headgear and a scarf sporting the lotus symbol of the Bharatiya Janata Party, is photoshopped.

The image shows Gambhir flanked by former cricketer Irfan Pathan and TV personality Jatin Sapru, on what appears to be a television set to discuss the ongoing cricket World Cup taking place in England and Wales.

The doctored image was created as a political satire by stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra.

Kunal Kamra tweeted the image with a caption ‘BJP MP working seriously in his constituency. (Hindi: बीजेपी एमपी अपने कांस्टीटूएंसी में गंभीरता से काम करते हुए )

Kamra told BOOM that he did it for the laughs and that his intention was not to spread fake news.

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“It was purely to get a laugh from my audience,” he said.

Meanwhile several netizens fell for the image and accused Gambhir of promoting the BJP during a cricket show.

It was also shared by a fan account of TMC MP Mahua Moitra.

Shared from a fake Twitter handle of TMC MP Mahua Moitra

You can view the archived version of the tweet here.

बीजेपी का सच्चा सपूत. क्रिकेट में खेल से ज्यादा साथी खिलाड़ियों से लड़ाई के लिए मशहूर गौतम बीजेपी के प्रेम में इतने गंभीर हो चुके हैं कि वर्ल्ड कप में कमेंट्री कम और अपनी पार्टी का प्रचार ज्यादा कर रहे हैं.

Posted by Paigham TV on Saturday, July 6, 2019

BOOM checked the Twitter timelines of both Gautam Gambhir and Irfan Pathan to look for the original image. While Pathan had tweeted the photo on June 25, 2019 Gambhir had retweeted it on the same day.

The photo shows Gambhir was not wearing the headgear and scarf.

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Gautam Gambhir’s retweet

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Claim Review : Gautam Gambhir promotes Bharatiya Janta Party at a cricket-based TV show

Fact Check : FALSE

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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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