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Still From A Movie Falsely Shared As Moments After Gandhi’s Assassination

Still From A Movie Falsely Shared As Moments After Gandhi’s Assassination

BOOM found that the image is originally a screen grab from the film Nine Hours to Rama

A photograph of a scene from a movie re-enacting moments after Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination by Nathuram Godse is viral on social media with false claims that it’s a rare photograph of the original event.

The photograph is a still from the 1963 film – Nine Hours To Rama, directed by Mark Robson.

Mahatma was assassinated on January 30, 1948 by fanatic Nathuram Godse. You can view archived news reports of Gandhi’s assassination by the New York times and the Gurdian.

In the photograph, actor JS Casshyap, who plays Mahatma Gandhi, can be seen lying lifeless on the ground as a person checks on him. Two people can be seen grabbing Nathuram Godse, played by Horst Buchholz, away from Gandhi.

The viral post has been captioned as, “A rare Pic of Mohatama (sic) Gandhi’s Murder — Hindu extremist RSS worker Nathuram Godse, the man who killed Gandhi, – was held by two Hindus while dead body of Gandhi is lying on the floor. ( 30 Jan 1948). RSS was immediately banned by Indian Authorities.”

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Screenshot of the facebook post.

The post can be seen here and archived here.

Fact Check

BOOM was able to ascertain that the photograph was not taken moments after Gandhi’s assassination.

With relevant keyword searches we came across the same image that was earlier uploaded by IMDB, a movie database as a still from the film Nine Hours To Rama.

BOOM then further compared the film still with the particular scene from the movie.

At the time frame of 1:55:30 you can spot the similarities between the viral photograph and the screenshot from the film as well.

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Claim Review : Photo shows actual minutes after Gandhi's assassination

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Sk Badiruddin is a Kolkata-based journalist and a fact-checking staff at Boom’s Bangla desk. Earlier, he was a translator for TRID India, news desk assistant of Onkar News, science news contributor for AIR Kolkata and culture writer for a small scale newspaper.

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