Lately, the world has been exposed to the phenomena of fake news which although was existent before but has only been highlighted recently. The social media has made it difficult to confirm the authenticity of a news source and has also facilitated widespread dissemination of information whether true or not. Thus, hoaxes are the new thing that can create chaos just at the tip of a click. In the latest, news of Kader Khan’s death started making rounds last night, leaving many in South Asia confused and heartbroken.
The legendary Kader Khan has passed away? Confirm news?
— Naveed Nadeem (@naveednadeem91) December 30, 2018
— Sumit (@SumitTinku92) December 30, 2018
— Cilina (@cilinaaaa) December 30, 2018
— Koushik Mukherjee (@koushikspeaknow) December 30, 2018
Later, Kader Khan’s son Sarfaraz Khan dismissed the rumors and shared that his father is still alive and fighting for life!
Sarfaraz Khan denied reports claiming his father, veteran Bollywood actor Kader Khan, has died. https://t.co/GdgqYcZUVF
— Twitter Moments India (@MomentsIndia) December 30, 2018
— nikhil (@nikhilnasta) December 28, 2018
T 3041 – KADER KHAN .. actor writer of immense talent .. lies ill in Hospital .. PRAYERS and DUAS for his well being and recovery .. saw him perform on stage, welcomed him and his prolific writing for my films .. great company, a Libran .. and many not know , taught Mathematics ! pic.twitter.com/yE9SSkcPUF
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) December 28, 2018
— نفسیاتی (@BeingSufiShaikh) December 30, 2018
Revered across South Asia for his phenomenal performances, Kader Khan is a veteran Indian actor famous for playing comic roles and giving superhits like Sarfarosh, Mukadar Ka Sikander, Coolie No. 1 and many others.
This is the reason why many were left shocked and disturbed when the fake news broke!
While many Hindi film lovers remember #KaderKhan as the funny man of the ‘90s, it was his proficiency as dialogue writer that really set him apart. Most so-called “massy” writers today can’t come close to the kind of one-liners he came up with in movies like ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’.
— Aniruddha Guha (@AniGuha) December 30, 2018
This man is one of the greatest actor that bollywood has seen…. hearing the news about his health is seriously breaking my heart.. as #KaderKhan filled 90s children memories filled with laughter.. he is one of my fav especially in govinda movies.#Getwellsoon #pray 💙💛💛💜💚
— Something to be…. (@Shy_1124) December 29, 2018
It’s not the first time that fake news regarding someone’s death has broken the internet. In 2017, news of Farida Jalal, another veteran Indian actress, made waves, only to be rubbished by her family later.
One thing that is pertinent to understand here is that hoaxes like these do beyond than just spreading misinformation; they create chaos and confusion and traumatize not only the family but the fans as well.
So, next time you share any news on social media, especially a bad one, make sure that it comes from an authentic source and only then click “share.”