Fact Check: Old Image Viral As Recent Security Check of SRK at Mumbai Airport

On October 12, actor Shah Rukh Khan and those travelling with him were detained by the Customs Department at Mumbai airport for several hours due to several expensive watches they had in their luggage. Against the backdrop, an image showing security personnel checking Shah Rukh Khan is widely shared on social media linking it to the recent incident. 

The image is shared on Facebook with a caption: “यह “पठान” तो कस्टम चोर निकला. यह तस्वीर पूरे भारत में हुए बदलाव की कहानी बता रहा है, साधारण आदमी की तरह हाथ को ऊँचा करके “police” के सामने जो खड़ा है, उसे बादशाह बोला जाता है. किसी ने कल्पना भी नहीं की होगी कि, शाहरुख़ के साथ भारत में और वो भी मुंबई में, police इस तरह से पेश आ सकती है. दरअसल मामला चोरी का है.. बॉलीवुड के बादशाह(पठान) शाहरुख़ खान और उनकी टीम को मुंबई एयरपोर्ट पर कस्टम विभाग ने शुक्रवार देर रात रोक लिया. तकरीबन एक घंटे की पूछताछ के बाद “पठान चोर” और उनकी मैनेजर पूजा ददलानी तो एयरपोर्ट से निकलते हुए स्पॉट किए गए, लेकिन किंग खान के बॉडीगार्ड रवि और टीम को कस्टम ने पकड़ा हुआ था. खबरों के मुताबिक लाखों रुपए की क़ीमत की घड़ियों को भारत में लाने, बैग में महंगी घड़ियों के ख़ाली डिब्बे मिलने, और “कस्टम ड्यूटी” नहीं चुकाने की वजह से “हकले पठान” से पूछताछ की गई थी. सच में अपना देश बदल रहा है, जय हो” 

(English translation: This “Pathan” turned out to be a custom thief. This picture is telling the story of the change that happened all over India, the one who stands in front of the “police” with raised hands like an ordinary man, is called a king. No one would have imagined that in India with Shah Rukh and that too in Mumbai, the police could behave like this. Actually, it is a case of theft. Badshah (Pathan) of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan and his team were stopped late on Friday night by the Customs department at Mumbai airport. After nearly an hour of questioning, “Pathan Chor” and his manager Pooja Dadlani were spotted leaving the airport, but King Khan’s bodyguard Ravi and team were caught by the custom. Reportedly for bringing watches worth lakhs of rupees into India, finding empty boxes of expensive watches in bags, and not paying “custom duty” “Hakle Pathan” was interrogated. Really changing our country, cheers.)

Here’s the link to the above post.  


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

Doing a Reverse Image Search, we found the fan page SRK Next Update carrying similar images, dated March 28, 2019. In the post, Shah Rukh Khan can be seen wearing the same outfit as the viral image. 

We also found a video related to the viral image posted on a YouTube channel on March 28, 2019. The video caption reads: “#Shahrukh Khan at security hold checking”. The screengrab from the YouTube video matches exactly with the viral image. Thus, it is evident that the viral image is not related to the recent security check. 

Another video related to the viral image posted on the verified Twitter account of the Shah Rukh Khan fan club had been shared on March 28, 2019. According to the text, the video is from Kolkata airport. When Shah Rukh Khan was coming back to Mumbai after the Kolkata Knight Riders match.

Also, some images of Shah Rukh Khan being stopped at the Mumbai airport in a Navbharat Times report are quite different from the viral picture.

Thus, it is evident from the above information that the viral image is old and not related to the recent security check of Shah Rukh Khan at the Mumbai airport. 

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