“Arre re..isko dekhkar seriously bolne lag gaya, “Oh my god!”..bahut filmy ho gaya yeh toh. Did art predict real life? Film ki tarah, 3 bahut bade actors hai…dramebaaz”. This is a tweet by Gujarat MLA and youth leader Jignesh Mevani, along with a photograph comparing UP CM Yogi Adityanath, ‘spiritual guru’ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and columnist with Swarajya magazine, Shefali Vaidya with a still from a movie.

This tweet was posted on May 29, 2018. It was ‘liked’ more than 3200 times and retweeted over 900 times. Mevani has a following of more than 177,000 on Twitter.

Photoshopped image

The photo tweeted by Mevani mocking Adityanath, Ravi Shankar and Vaidya by comparing them to movie characters is photoshopped. There are clear visual markers to suggest this is the case.

1. On the left and right side of the photograph, the same person can be seen. (marked in yellow)

2. Again on both the left and right side, another person can be seen twice. (marked in red)

3. Yogi Adityanath’s image too has been sought to be used twice in the photo. On the right hand side of the image, his hand can be seen, along with the right side of his body. (marked in green)

This photograph has been shared widely on social media over the last 24 hours. Yesterday, it was posted by a Twitter user @ThisrtyScholarr who had however clarified that the image is photoshopped and not original.

Mevani later acknowledged that he had tweeted a photoshopped picture and issued an apology.

A close inspection of all images and videos is advised before sharing it on social media.

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Arjun Sidharth is a writer with Alt News. He has previously worked in the television news industry, where he managed news bulletins and breaking news scenarios, apart from scripting numerous prime time television stories. He has also been actively involved with various freelance projects. Sidharth has studied economics, political science, international relations and journalism. He has a keen interest in books, movies, music, sports, politics, foreign policy, history and economics. His hobbies include reading, watching movies and indoor gaming.