A post accompanying a video of Yogi Adityanath talking about Shahrukh Khan is being widely circulated with a claim that Yogi’s message for people against watching Shahrukh Khan’s upcoming movie Pathan. In the viral video Yogi can be heard comparing Shahrukh with terrorist Hafiz Saeed. Through this article let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.
Claim: Video of Yogi Adityanath message against watching Shahrukh Khan’s Pathan movie.
Fact: Yogi Adityanath made these comments on Shahrukh Khan back in 2015, against the backdrop of Khan’s comments on growing intolerance in the country. Lately Yogi Adityanath did not make any such comments asking people to refrain from watching Shahrukh Khan’s upcoming movie Pathan. Hence the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.
This video Yogi comparing Shahrukh Khan to Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed dates back to 2015 and has no connection to Khan’s upcoming movie ‘Pathan’. Google search with relevant keywords yielded us the same footage, wherein Yogi compared Shahrukh’s language to that of Hafiz Saeed’.
As per the description of the report, Yogi made these comments back in 2015 against the backdrop of Shahrukh’s comments on growing intolerance in the country.
Multiple news reports have reported Yogi’s comments back then, these reports can be read here, here, and here. As per these news reports Yogi’s comments were in response to the actor’s comments ‘in support of the protest by writers and filmmakers against rising intolerance in the country’. Earlier Khan in support of the protests has said there was ‘nothing worse than religious intolerance and that it would take India to the dark ages.’
Further, if at all Yogi had indeed made such comments urging people to refrain from watching Sharukh Khan’s movie, media would have reported it, however, we could not find any such reports.
To sum it up, Yogi Adityanth did not ask people to refrain from watching Sharukh Khan’s Pathan movie.