New Delhi: Social media these days in an important platform – easily accessible to everyone – to reach out to people. But at the same time, such networks also fuels rumour and unverified reports. In one such example, Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor has created uproar after he shared a photograph on his Instagram with a hoax story attributed to it.
The story went viral even after the clarification of the photographer. The story even suggests that the photographer went into depression after clicking the picture which is not at all true.
Shahid instagrammed the picture, saying, “No man can match up to what a mother does. Women are superior to men in so many ways. Let’s learn to appreciate them. And learn to show them love every day.”
No man can match up to what a mother does. Women are superior to men in so many ways. Let's… https://t.co/CMhdUfC8la
— Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) February 15, 2017
The post has now been deleted by the actor perhaps after he realised that he fell for the hoax story.
The incorrect version of the story suggests that the impala in the picture was a mother who surrendered herself for her kids.
But listen to the photographer – Alison Buttigieg – to know what actually happened. She had clicked the picture back in September 2013 at the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
She had explained on her website, along with a sequence of pictures, that it was a cheetah mom that was teaching her kids how to kill prey. She goes on to explain that cubs were playing with their prey but the impala stayed calm and poised through the ordeal.
“In the end, after what seemed like an interminable eternity (but it was just a few minutes), the cheetah mom put the impala out of it’s (sic) misery, and the cats got to enjoy a nice meal,” Buttigieg says on her website.
The fabricated story that the photographer went into depression has caused much trouble for Buttigieg.
“A highlight of my photography career has turned into a nightmare,” she says in a Facebook post, shared on February 13.
Terming the hoax story as ‘sensationalism at its best’, Buttigieg says she has been “inundated by hundreds and hundreds of messages asking me whether I am the ‘depressed photographer’.”
“What a vile world we live in, full of stupid gullible people spreading fake news like crazy,” she adds in her post.
It is worth noticing that Shahid might have done this intentionally to promote his upcoming movie Rangoon which talks about women empowerment.
The upcoming Hindi-language drama film, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, supposedly portrays the life and times of Mary Ann Evans aka Fearless Nadia, Bollywood’s first original stunt-woman still remembered for her fiery role in the movie Hunterwali.
It stars Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut in lead roles. The film is scheduled for release on February 24.