No, Shahrukh Khan didn’t campaign for Owaisi and the T-shirt supporting MIM is photoshopped

Written by Md Mahfooz Alam

A photo of Shahrukh Khan in a white T-shirt is in wide circulation. The written text on the T-shirt is asking to vote for the political party MIM. The full name of the said party is All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), the party is Telangana based and is headed by well-known politician Asaduddin Owaisi.

Owaisi is a Member of Parliament and has been consecutively representing the Hyderabad constituency in the Lok Sabha for the fourth time. He and his brother Akbaruddin Owaisi is infamous for their speeches.

Facto News found that the white T-shirt which Shahrukh Khan is wearing with the appeal to vote for the MIM party has been photoshopped to tarnish the actor’s reputation by giving communal colour.

A Facebook page हिन्दू रक्षा दल  posted the image with the caption that reads: 15 मिनट में 100 करोड़ हिन्दुओ को मारने की बात करने वाले ओवेसी के लिए प्रचार करने में शाहरुख़ खान को कोई दिक्कत नही आई पर देश में 2-4 बात हिन्दुओ के पक्ष में क्या होने लगी इसे भारत देश में असहिष्ननुता दिखाई देने लगी हे वाह शाहरुख़ खान वाह क्या खूब धर्म निरपेक्षता की व्याख्या हे तेरी । ओवेसी की पार्टी का प्रचार करते घोर हिन्दू विरोधी शाहरुख़ खान की इस फोटो को आग की तरह फेलाकर इसकी पोल खोल दो ताकि सब भारतवासी जान जायें की इसके सेकुलरिज्म की डेफिनेसन क्या है । जय हिन्द जय भवानी ।”

(Translation: Shahrukh Khan has no problem in campaigning for Owaisi, who talked about killing 100 crores Hindus in 15 minutes, but talking in favour of the Hindus in India is seen as intolerance in the country. Oh, Shahrukh Khan,  wow! what a great explanation of secularism is yours. Expose this photo of Shahrukh Khan, who is an anti-Hindu campaigner and spread the photo like a fire so that all Indians know what is his definition of secularism. Jai Hind Jai Bhavani.)

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

The photo with the same caption is viral on Facebook.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

FactO Check:

We reverse searched the photo and found the same photo on the website of the getty images. The photo has no appeal printed to vote for MIM in the T-shirt. The photo is dated 18 September 2009 and the credit for the photo is given to Mail Today. The source of the photo is The India Today Group.

(Source: getty images/Screenshot)

A comparative collage of the photoshopped and original photo.


Therefore it is evident that the viral photo of Shahrukh Khan is photoshopped.

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About the author

Md Mahfooz Alam

Mahfooz is a multimedia journalist and regularly writes fact-check stories for Facto News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked as an intern fact-checker for The Quint. He specializes in research and fact-checking and aspires to do investigative reporting.

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