A video is getting viral on social media sites regarding the singer Arijit Singh.
Social media users are claiming that Arijit Singh sang the ‘Gerua’ song of the film Dilwale during the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) on 15 December to send a political message to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee.
By sharing this video a verified user Amit Malviya captioned: “At the Kolkata Film Festival, Mamta Banerjee asked Arijit Singh to sing one of his favorites and he choose Rang de toh mohe Gerua.
It was an evening of realisations. From Mr. Bachchan to Arijit, who reminded Mamata Banerjee, in her backyard, that the future of Bengal is saffron”
Meanwhile, many other social media users are sharing a similar claim-
To analyze the reality of the viral video the team of DFRAC first visited the official website of the Kolkata International Film Festival which conveys the live-stream event’s opening ceremony.
The event was just about 3 hours and 20 minutes long.
At 2:16:31 we can see that Arijit Singh was speaking on the stage. Arijit Singh appreciates Mamta Banerjee for organizing the festival and he felt cheerful to attend such an event.
After a small speech, a person from the stage is heard asking Arijit Singh to sing his old Bengali song ‘Bojhena Shey Bojhena’. He then sang the song and after that, he sang ‘Gerua’ to honor Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, who was also present at the event.
On further searches, we also found that the official Bengali news channel News18 Bangla uploaded the video where Arijit Singh takes the stage.
It is clear from the fact check of DFRAC that the viral video is edited. Arijit Singh sang the Gerua song to honor Shah Rukh Khan not to send a political message to West Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee for the color saffron. Therefore, the claim made by social media users is edited and misleading.