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FACT CHECK: Fake quote misattributed to Naseeruddin Shah on PM Modi, Kangana Ranaut goes viral

A fact check conducted by Newschecker revealed that a quote falsely attributed to veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah regarding Kangana Ranaut and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is circulating online.

Nitin Kumar Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 New Delhi Updated on: May 16, 2024 6:52 IST
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Image Source : INDIA TV Screenshot of a fake quote misattributed to Naseeruddin Shah regarding PM Modi, Kangana Ranaut.

A misleading quote falsely attributed to veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah regarding BJP candidate Kangana Ranaut and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been circulating online, a fact-check has revealed.

Origins of the misinformation

The quote, purportedly from Naseeruddin Shah, suggested that Kangana Ranaut has issues with every actor except Narendra Modi. However, upon investigation, fact-checkers found no credible sources or records of the actor making such a statement.

Discovery of the fake quote

Upon conducting a keyword search, fact-checkers failed to locate any reputable news reports or statements by Naseeruddin Shah matching the viral quote. Further investigation revealed that the earliest instance of the quote appeared on a parody Twitter account with the handle @naseruddin_shah, dated February 9, 2021. However, it was noted that this Twitter account no longer exists.

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Image Source : INDIA TVA quote appeared on a parody Twitter account with the handle @naseruddin_shah.

Previous instances of misinformation

It was discovered that various media outlets had previously called out the fake Twitter account of Naseeruddin Shah in February 2021 for spreading misinformation regarding the farmers' protests. Additionally, veteran actor Ratna Pathak Shah clarified that her husband, Naseeruddin Shah, does not have a Twitter account, further discrediting any statements attributed to him on the platform.

Clarification from Ratna Pathak Shah

In a report by NDTV dated February 8, 2021, Ratna Pathak Shah clarified that her husband, Naseeruddin Shah, does not possess a Twitter account. This statement came in response to an unverified profile in his name posting tweets about the ongoing farmers' agitation, highlighting the prevalence of fake social media accounts impersonating the actor.

“Veteran actor Ratna Pathak Shah on Monday clarified that her husband, actor Naseeruddin Shah, does not have a Twitter account, after an unverified profile in his name posted a series of tweets about the ongoing farmer agitation on the microblogging site,” read an NDTV report, dated February 8, 2021.

Conclusion: False attribution

Based on the findings of the fact-check, the quote attributed to Naseeruddin Shah regarding Kangana Ranaut and Narendra Modi is false. It originated from a parody Twitter account that has since been deleted, and the actor himself does not have a presence on the platform.

Result: False

Reference links: 

Tweet, @naseruddin_shah, February 9, 2021

NDTV report, February 8, 2021

(Disclaimer: This story was originally published by NEWSCHECKER, and republished by India TV as part of the Shakti Collective.)

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