A morphed image of actor Sanjay Dutt wearing a taqiyah (skull cap) and sitting in front of a lavish Iftar spread, is viral on Facebook, with claims that the actor converted to Islam.
The image, which has been shared in a Bengali Facebook group named “Zakir Naik’s Supporters’ Group” has received more than 2500 reactions from users, who welcomed the move.
It has been captioned as, “Let Allah show him the road to Islam and let him be encouraged to embrace the religion. Ameen.”
(Translated from Bengali – “আল্লাহ তাকে হেদায়ত দান করুক এবং ইসলাম ধর্মে আসার তাওফিক দেন আমীন”.
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Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik is wanted in India on money laundering and hate speech charges. He fled to Malaysia in 2016.
The photograph was uploaded earlier this month on another Facebook page with the claim that the actor fasts throughout the holy month of Ramzan.
The disproportionate placement of glasses and the spread on the table was the first give away. Also, a framed image of Mecca, stood out uncannily, as did Dutt’s skull cap.
BOOM then ran a reverse image search and found the original image, which was uploaded by the handle Team Sanjay Dutt, on Twitter, last month.
Incidentally, Dutt is married to Maanayata Dutt, who is believed to have been born in a Muslim family. The couple, got married in a secret ceremony in Goa, in 2008, according to Hindu rituals. Maanayata, who is active on Instagram, has not uploaded any image of the couple fasting for Ramzan.
BOOM has reached out to the actor and the article will be updated once he responds.
Swasti Chatterjee is a fact-checker and the Deputy News Editor of Boom's Bangla team. She has worked in the mainstream media, in the capacity of a reporter and copy editor with The Times of India, The Indian Express and NDTV.com and is now working as a digital detective, debunking fake news.