A photo of actress Kangana Ranaut posing with a man in a bar is being shared on social media with a claim that the man seen with her is underworld don and 1993 Mumbai bombings convict Abu Salem.
Using a very cheap and derogatory language to describe Kangana, Twitter user Habib Hasan posted the photo claiming that she is partying with Salem.
#अंडरवर्ल्ड_डॉन #अबु_सलेम के साथ पाँच गज़ साड़ी में लिपटी लस्सी पीती #कंगना_राणावत👇 https://t.co/b4yInpqJw3
— Habib Hasan (@Habiib011) 1600169694000
Several other Twitter users too posted the same photo with the same claim.
1993 बम धमाके के आरोपी अबू सलेम के साथ “तथाकथित” देशभक्तन…एंव झांसी की रानी…..ये “रिश्ता” क्या कहलाता है…?… https://t.co/46dQzf9jfr
— Radhey Shyam Sriwastav رادھیشیم سریواستو (@RadheyshyamFbd) 1600105298000
In a bar, with the brother of convicted terrorist and gangster Abu Salem. But be with BJP, target Opposition and yo… https://t.co/iJLWntATlV
— Jitendra K Biswal (@JBiswal) 1600166432000
The man in this photo with Kangana is journalist Mark Manuel and not Abu Salem. There are no photos of Kangana with Salem on the internet.
VERIFICATION AND METHODOLOGY
Using reverse-image search, we found a news post dated September 24, 2018 from Huffington Post carrying the same photo.
Titled ‘Kangana Ranaut Should Realise She’s Too Talented To Milk Her Personal Life For Attention’, the post is authored by Mark Manuel, who’s himself posing with Kangana in this photo.
Times Fact Check has found that a photo of Kangana Ranaut with journalist Mark Manuel is being shared with a false claim that she is partying with underworld don and terrorist Abu Salem.