“कोई बताएगा 45 करोड़ रुपए पाकिस्तान को देने वाले शाहरुख खान ने शहीदों को क्या दिया है (Will somebody please tell me, What has Shahrukh Khan, who had donated Rs 45 crore to Pakistan, given to our martyrs-translated)”. A message has gone viral on social media which claims that Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan had donated Rs 45 crore to Pakistan. Many social media users on Facebook and Twitter have shared this message.

Another version of the same narrative suggested that there should be a ‘surgical strike’ on people like Shahrukh Khan, who have not uttered a word on the martyrdom of CRPF personnel.

Fake news circulating at least since 2017

Alt News found a 2017 India TV broadcast which had earlier debunked this claim. In response to India TV, the media team of Shahrukh Khan had reportedly rubbished the claims. The response said that the rumours are baseless and the actor has not donated to the victims of Pakistan’s infamous oil tanker blast of 2017. The fact-check concluded that the claim viral on social media is false.

Earlier in 2017, media reports had emerged about an oil tanker overturning and exploding on the main highway from Karachi to Lahore. The accident had claimed the lives of over 190 people. Social media users had taken to Twitter and Facebook alleging that Khan had donated a sum of Rs 45 crore to the victims of the oil tanker blast. In the past as well, users had also shared a trimmed version of the India TV broadcast to claim the same.

পাকিস্তানকে 45 কোটি টাকা দিয়ে সাহায্য করেছে শাহরুখ খান
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Posted by Debabrata Goswami on Tuesday, 1 January 2019

A false and malicious narrative against Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan has been relentlessly shared on social media even after being debunked by several media outlets in the past. Director Hansal Mehta has also tweeted about the fake news doing the rounds on social media.

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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.