A cropped video of IndiaTV’s fact-check of a viral fake message claiming Shah Rukh Khan donated Rs 45 crores to kin of victims of an oil tanker blast in Pakistan in 2017, has resurfaced on social media with false claims after the Pulwama terror attack last week.
The 6.35 minute video of India TV has been cropped and reduced to a 57 second clip, culling out the part which explains the hoax messages that were viral nearly two years ago.
Watch the clipped video here.
The video summarises the viral message – India’s Shah Rukh Khan has donated Rs 45 crore for the families affected in the tanker blast of Pakistan whereas, he hasn’t contributed a penny for an Indian disaster yet.
It then goes on to document several Facebook users’ ‘anger’ regarding such a step by Shah Rukh Khan. Several Facebook posts accusing SRK to be a ‘deshdrohi’ also features in the video.
Not only is the video viral now after having resurfaced with a fresh set of accusations against Khan, but also posts which brand King Khan as a ‘deshdrohi’ for allegedly having contributed to Pakistan’s grieving times are doing the rounds.
BOOM accessed the original video of India TV’s show Aaj Ka Viral, that aired the segment on July 4, 2017, debunking the message. Starting from 1.42 minute mark, to 2.40 minute, the background of the viral message is being talked about in the show. The show then goes on to establish the fact that Shah Rukh Khan did not contribute to families of the victims of the oil tanker blasts of 2017 in Pakistan, which killed almost 200 people.
The Bahawalpur oil tanker blasts in Pakistan, in 2017, resulted in the death of more than 190 people. The oil tanker had overturned on a highway between Karachi and Lahore, while carrying 40,000 litres of fuel.
BOOM reached out to India TV’s Editor-in-Chief and Chairman Rajat Sharma. He said, “We checked and found that this report is baseless. Shah Rukh never supported Pakistan.”
India TV had also reported that during the Chennai floods of 2015, Khan had donated Rs 1 crore. The news channel further reported that in 2014, his company Red Chillies Entertainment contributed to a few social and rural development schemes of the Government of India, and several other contributions were made by Khan for the development of the nation.
In fact, in an email to India TV, Khan’s team denied having made any contributions to the victims of the Pakistan tanker blast.
Meanwhile, Twitter was taken up by storm on Monday night with several users urging social media outlets to stop spreading rumours about Shah Rukh Khan, with the hashtag – #StopFakeNewsAgainstSRK.
BOOM has reached out to the actor for a comment. The story will be updated if we receive a reply.