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Fact Check: Did Mahesh Bhatt go to Malaysia to meet Islamic preacher Zakir Naik?


A picture of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt with fugitive Islamic preacher Zakir Naik is doing rounds on social media with a claim that he (Bhatt) went to Malaysia to meet him.

#मलेशिया में मिलने गया #जाकिर_नाइक से #महेश_भट्ट _______सरकार पहले इस #गद्दार की जाँच करें,ये पूरा #जयचंद है!🤬🤬🤬😈👿”

At the time of filing the report, the above post had more thank 6,000 shares on Facebook.


NewsMobile fact-checked the picture and found it to be old.

On putting the picture through Reverse Image Search, we found the original picture on Getty Images.

According to the caption, the picture was taken in 2010 in Mumbai.

“MUMBAI, INDIA – JUNE 22, 2010: Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and advocate Majid Menon at Press Club to protest against the UK government denying a visa to Naik. (Photo by Vijayanand Gupta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)” the caption read.

The above information proves that the claim attached to the picture is false.

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