A 1.39-minute video is viral on social media in which a man can be seen inside a prison cell while a voice-over narrates his feelings. Many users claimed that the man seen in the video was V D Savarkar who had been interviewed by a British journalist inside cellular jail. User Sameer Thakkar tweeted the clip with this claim. It received over 1.3 lakh views. Notably, Thakkar is followed by Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi on Twitter.

The video is viral on Facebook and Twitter with the same claim.

Twitter user @rakesh_bstpyp, who identifies himself as a newspaper editor, had shared the same clip with a similar claim on November 14, 2021.

We also discovered that this video had been shared in May, 2020 (post 1, post 2, post 3) as well.

Alt News received requests on its WhatsApp number (+917600011160) and official Android app to fact-check this video.

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When we searched the keywords ‘Savarkar Andaman jail’ on YouTube, the first result that appeared was a March 2020 fact-check of this very claim by The Lallantop. This fact-check states that the viral video is actually a clip extracted from a film. We scrolled through the suggested videos and found a 40-minute film uploaded by the official channel of the ministry of information and broadcasting titled, ‘Life of Shri Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.’ It was uploaded on August 14, 2014.

The viral part starts at the 1:45 mark on the video, where the title sequence reading ‘Veer Savarkar’ is seen. The video description mentions that the film depicts various important events in Savarkar’s life. In the original clip, the visuals between the 25 and 30-minute mark are the ones that appear in the viral video. Therefore, the clip in question was made by cropping scenes from this part of the film.

We also noticed that there is a Films Division watermark at the 1:28 mark.

When we searched the keywords ‘Veer Savarkar’ on Films Division, we discovered that there are three versions of a film made on Savarkar. All three mention that this is a 1983 film directed by Prem Vaidya.

Hence, it is clear that

1. The viral video does not feature Savarkar himself. This is actually an actor portraying the historical figure in a movie commissioned by the Indian government.

2. It was not shot by a British journalist, but is a scene from a film directed by Prem Vaidya.

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