A video of two individuals dancing to the song ‘Besharam Rang’ from the upcoming film ‘Pathaan’ is going viral on social media. It is being claimed that one of the individuals dancing in the clip is Pakistan’s foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto.
Pakistani-Canadian Columnist Tarek Fatah shared the video on Twitter with the caption, “Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal @BBhuttoZardari doing what he does best.”
Rohan Dua, the founder and executive editor of ‘The New Indian’ also shared the clip. He wrote in Hindi, “Come meet this worthy son of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto – who was assassinated by a suicide bomb and a gunfight. It is worth noting that some people of this country talk with guns and some with these flexible dance skills – both are dangerous.”
आइए मिलिए एक बार पूर्व पाकिस्तान प्रधान मंत्री बेनज़ीर भुट्टो — जिन्हें आत्मघाती बम और गोलीबारी से मार कर हत्या कर दी थी — के इस लायक़ बेटे से ।
गौर तलब है की इस मुल्क के कुछ मियाँ बंदूको से बात करते है तो कुछ इन लचकीले नाच की कलाओं से — दोनो ही ख़तरनाकpic.twitter.com/UIfBLFKCNB
— Rohan Dua (@rohanduaT02) January 21, 2023
We performed a keyword search on YouTube and came across a video with the title ‘Ducky Bhai Mehndi | Inaya khan Pakistani Actress Dance Besharam rang Song‘. ‘Ducky Bhai’ is a popular YouTuber in Pakistan known for his comedy sketches, vlogs and ‘roast’ videos.
Taking a cue from the title, we looked for the Instagram account of Inaya Khan and found a reel uploaded that says ‘Besharam Rang dance Partner @mehrozbaigofficial’.
As per Mehroz Baig’s Instagram bio, he is a student at Iqra University and his YouTube bio says that he hails from Karachi. Mehroz has also shared links to media reports on his Facebook page clarifying that it is him in the viral clip and not Bilawal Bhutto.
In one of the reports, he said that the video was from the dance performance at the wedding of social media influencer Inaya Khan’s sister. The wedding took place on January 8 at the ‘Sunset Club’ in Karachi.
On YouTube, Mr Baig has several videos of him dancing at weddings and other venues.
To sum it up, a video of a Pakistani influencer dancing at a wedding was falsely shared on social media as a clip of Pakistan’s foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto.
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