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Fact Check: Did Akshay Kumar Extend Support For Palestine? Here’s The Truth

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Amid the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, a post showing actor Akshay Kumar purportedly extending support for Palestine is widely shared on social media. The actor can be heard expressing his concern about the unjust treatment of Palestinians. 

The post reads: “#BreakingNews : Akshay Kumar Indian Bollywood Star shows her anger against Israeli brutality in #Palestine…. Where are Muslim countries.??? #طوفان_الأقصى #طوفان_القدس #Israel #hamasattack #GazaUnderAttack #FreePalestine.”

Here’s the link to the above post.

FACT CHECK

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

Performing a Reverse Image Search, our team found a 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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A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar)

Therefore, we can conclusively say that the viral video’s audio part had been edited  making it appear as if Akshay Kumar was condemning the situation of Palestinians.

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