Fact Check: This Viral Post of Aamir Khan Is NOT from Laal Singh Chaddha Premier

Aamir Khan-starrer Laal Singh Chaddha was released on August 11, 2022. The film has been amidst controversy long before its release date. #BoycottLaalSinghChaddha has been trending online owing to Khan’s ‘growing intolerance in the country’ remark from 2015. The Hindu outfit groups across the country are joining in on the trend, alleging that his movie PK hurt their religious sentiments, and the star has been constantly doing so through his films. 

Against this backdrop, a viral post claiming that people refrained from attending the premier of the movie even after Aamir Khan’s personal invitation to public is doing the rounds on social media. 

A Facebook user posted the viral image with a caption: “लाल सिंह चड्ढा के प्रीमियर में आमिर खान के बुलावे पर, आमिर खान के खुद थिएटर में होने के बावजूद भी थिएटर खाली रहा. हम फिल्म फ्लॉप करवा रहे थे इधर तो प्रीमियर ही फ्लॉप साबित हो गया…” (English translation: At the invitation of Aamir Khan at the premiere of Laal Singh Chaddha, the theatre remained empty even though Aamir Khan himself was in the theatre. We were making the film flop, here the premiere proved to be a flop…)

You can find the post here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the viral image, and found it to be misleading. 

Running a Google Reverse Image Search of the viral image, we traced a Facebook post on a page Team Aamir Khan, dated August 7. The image matches exactly with the viral picture and the caption indicates that the picture is from a press meet that Laal Singh Chaddha’s team (Including Aamir Khan) had attended in Chennai. 

We also came across various news reports about the press meet the team conducted in Chennai along with Udhayanidhi Stalin actor, producer and politician.

Chennai Vision– a news agency from Tamil Nadu, posted multiple stills from the event on August 8, 2022, confirming that the press meet did take place in Chennai. The event was also covered by ABP News.

The actors’ outfits match exactly with the ones they’re wearing in the viral image. 

News Reel 24X7, a Tamil news agency, has posted a YouTube video, dated August 7, 2022, showcasing Aamir Khan’s entry for the same event. 

A tweet dated August 9, 2022, published by the Aamir Khan Productions account, has posted multiple visuals from the Chennai press meet. Here too, Khan’s outfit matches exactly with the viral image.  

Therefore, we can conclusively say that the viral image, claiming an empty theatre on the premiere of Laal Singh Chaddha is misleading. 

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