A photograph of Mahatma Gandhi which supposedly captures the moment when he was killed by Nathuram Godse is floating on social media. A day after 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi, on October 3, Twitter user Azmath Sultan posted the image with the claim, “Rare photo of Gandhi jis murder”.

One Iftikhar Chaudri from Pakistan shared the image with the claim that it depicts the scene where “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”. Twitter handle The Pakistan Index posted the image with an identical claim.

A few other people on Facebook and Twitter claimed the same while posting the image.


Through the comments posted below the tweets, Alt News found that the image is a still from a movie named ‘Nine Hours to Rama’. The film is based on the novel with the same name written by Stanely Wolpert.

In the still posted below, the characters visible in the clip shared on social media can be seen in the movie.

We also found a still from the movie set shot from a different angle which depicts the scene shared online.

According to Britannica, ‘Nine Hours to Rama’ was an ambitious drama about the events leading up to the assassination of Gandhi. Horst Buchholz was the lead actor who played the role of Nathuram Godse in the 1963 movie.

A still from ‘Nine Hours to Rama’, a fictional movie set around the events that lead up to Gandhi’s assassination, was shared as a photograph depicting the moment when Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. Earlier this week, a clipping from a movie based on Swami Vivekananda’s life was shared as ‘rare’ footage of the iconic speech given by the spiritual guru in Chicago.

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Jignesh is a writer and researcher at Alt News. He has a knack for visual investigation with a major interest in fact-checking videos and images. He has completed his Masters in Journalism from Gujarat University.