Hyderabad: A video of Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor throwing a fan’s phone is widely circulating on the internet. It is being claimed that the actor threw the phone as he was annoyed by a fan who was attempting to take a selfie.
A Twitter user shared the video and wrote, “Whoa! A visibly angry #RanbirKapoor throws the phone of a fan who wanted to click a selfie…” (Archive)
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Media outlets such as Times Now, News9, News18, The Economic Times, Bollywood Life, and OpIndia shared the video claiming that it was a real incident.
NewsMeter found that the viral video is part of an advertisement campaign for a new product launched by Oppo India.
We found a longer version of the video posted by the verified Twitter handle of Oppo India. It shows Ranbir Kapoor gifting a new phone to a fan after throwing away his old phone. According to the tweet, Ranbir Kapoor gifted a fan a new Oppo Reno 8T which is releasing on 3 February.
Further, we found that the boy receiving the new phone in the video is Nainesh Karamchandani, an actor. He also posted the longer version of the video on Instagram and said Ranbir Kapoor is a sweetheart and that he did not throw away his phone.
It is evident that the viral video of Ranbir Kapoor throwing a fan’s phone is not a real incident but part of an advertisement campaign by Oppo India for the launch of its new phone Oppo Reno 8T. Hence, we conclude that the claim by social media users and media outlets is misleading.