Al Jazeera responds to ‘fabricated’ Sholay tweet, says it can only laugh at these ridiculous stories

DC
Published Sep 11, 2014, 3:37 pm IST
Updated Jan 10, 2016, 8:38 am IST
Bollywood actors Dharmendra and Amitabh shown as people injured in Israeli airstrikes
(Photo: Twitter)
 (Photo: Twitter)

New Delhi: Al Jazeera was the butt of all jokes when a ‘fabricated’ tweet representing ‘Jai and Viru’ from Bollywood’s iconic film Sholay as Gaza victims went viral on twitter.

However, Al Jazeera has refused to endorse the picture, even as it is being lambasted for ‘yellow journalism’ by Twitteratis. Movie buffs remember the iconic Sholay scene as the death scene of Jai, played by superstar Amitabh Bachchan. 

 

Text alongside the photograph reads "More horrific images of seriously injured as a result of Israeli shelling."

The screenshot of the article believed to have been posted on Al Jazeera’s website has been shared many times.  Users have also accused the broadcaster of fake coverage portraying actors Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan as victims of Israeli airstrikes.

Al Jazera has denied all such allegations and issued a clarification on Twitter, saying that the incident is now in a list of ‘funniest rumours at Al Jazeera’.  

In another tweet it said, "We have enjoyed the fabricated #Bollywood picture depicting our Gaza coverage but sadly @SrBachchan does not work for @AlJazeera."

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