A post showing actor Akshay Kumar purportedly extending support for Palestine and Palestinians is widely shared on social media. The actor can be heard expressing his concern about the unjust treatment of Palestinians, stating that he feels profound sorrow about the situation. He believes that the situation will eventually improve.
The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: “Support Korna Shahi yeh, Human Hindu Hai Musalman Hai Lekin, Hum Sop Pahle Insan I pray for Palestine — Akshay Kumar”
Here’s the link to the above post.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be FALSE.
Performing a Reverse Image Search, we found a news report in The Times of India, dated October 3, 2020, carrying glimpses similar to the viral video. The article reads: “Akshay Kumar is one of the first celebrities to address the controversies haunting Bollywood post-Sushant Singh Rajput’s untimely death. Sharing a video on social media, the actor expressed that there was a lot of negativity everywhere and he was unable to comprehend his feelings about the same.”
The article carried a video uploaded on the Instagram handle of Akshay Kumar, which is similar to the viral video. Below is the comparison between the screengrab from the viral video and the video uploaded on Instagram.
In the video, Akshay Kumar expresses that he is speaking with a heavy heart due to the prevailing negativity. He mentions that films have tried to depict various social issues over the years, such as anger, poverty, unemployment, and corruption. He acknowledges that recent events, including the sudden death of Sushant Singh Rajput, have made the industry introspect and feel hurt. Akshay Kumar urges the media to continue their work but with sensitivity, as negative news can damage someone’s reputation and undo years of hard work.
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Therefore, It becomes evident that the viral video had audio added to it, making it appear as if Akshay Kumar was condemning the situation of Palestinians. It was not his original statement in the video.
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