An image is circulating on social media with the claim that a man identified as Chandraboss who belongs to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was beaten in Kerala because he attended a Muslim wedding.
However, the man seen in the images is actor and content creator Arjun Ratan and the scene is from a video ‘Smile Please’ uploaded on a digital platform called Karikku.
The image is being used to claim how these incidents keep happening in Kerala.
The image is also being circulated with the claim: “0% humanity, 100% literacy, Shame on Kerala!”
Several Facebook users, too, have shared the image with the same narrative.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
We saw that several Twitter users pointed out that the images are from a scene on a YouTube channel ‘Karriku.’
We, then, scanned through the YouTube handle of Karikku and could see the same man in the thumbnail images of one of the videos: ‘Smile Please | Comedy | Karikku.’
Further, we could find that the man in viral image dressed in orange kurta was seen in the web series in the same attire. His character is named as Chandraboss in the video.
We found that in the last frame of the episode, the man can be seen with the same injuries and same clothes. However, this frame has been shot from a different angle.
The description of the video mentions the cast of the show and we were able to identify that the man seen in the image is Arjun Ratan. The actor had, on 19 August, shared the same images on his Instagram account.
A post shared by Arjun Ratan (@arjun_ratan) on Aug 19, 2020 at 6:14am PDT
It is noteworthy that neither the original images, nor the episode, show a saffron tilak on the actor’s face, like seen in the viral images.
Evidently, images of an actor from Malayalam web series were passed off with the false claim that they show an RSS man beaten in Kerala.
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