Fact Check: Old Video of ‘Astronaut Walking on Road with Potholes’ Is From Bengaluru, Not J&K

The video of a man dressed as an astronaut walking on a road riddled with potholes is extensively circulated on social media, claiming that it is from Jammu and Kashmir.

The video is shared with a caption: Congratulations to all Kashmiris, especially administration of Jammu and Kashmir, for the achievement of landing on moon, and all credit goes to administration of Jammu and Kashmir for there unprovidable facilities…

Here’s the link to the above post.


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

According to a report by The Print, dated September 4, 2019, the video is from Bengaluru and the man in the video is artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy.

A report by The News Minute mentioned that street artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy suited up as an astronaut and ‘moonwalked’ on pothole-riddled Tunganagar Main Road in Bengaluru. The same was reported by India Today and The Indian Express in 2019.

Baadal has shared the video on his Twitter account, dated September 2, 2019, tagging the Commissioner of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

On September 3, 2019, Baadal shared another video stating that quick and prompt action was taken by BBMP and the road was fixed.

Thus, it is clear that the viral video is quite old, and from Bengaluru, not Jammu and Kashmir.

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