No, Shah Rukh Khan Did Not Spit On Lata Mangeshkar’s Mortal Remains At The Funeral; Here’s What Happened

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On Sunday, India woke to the devastating news of the ‘Nightingale of India’ – Lata Mangeshkar’s demise. The singer, aged 92, was declared dead after she was admitted to Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital due to COVID-19 complications as per multiple reports. The cause of death was multiple organ failure. Her mortal remains were brought to Mumbai’s Shivaji Park where her funeral was held with state honours. Among the attendees who gathered to pay respects were Bollywood stars Ranbir Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.

In a now-viral video, Shah Rukh Khan who attended the funeral with his manager Pooja Dadlani was seen offering his respects with a dua. A picture of the star raising his hands in prayer is also doing the rounds of the internet and while many are touched by the gesture, some netizens reacted to the video alleging that he spat on Lata Mangeshkar’s mortal remains. Here’s what led to the wild assumption:

The actor was offering a dua and blowing to ward off evil. This is a common gesture in several Muslim cultures. So no, Shah Rukh Khan did not spit at Lata Mangeshkar’s funeral, that’s just your islamophobia talking. Fans clarified the rumour that began doing the rounds of the internet.

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Many of the hate tweets came from accounts with right-wing affiliations. The fact that so many are unaware of what a simple dua looks like in a country that has one of the largest Muslim populations in the world is rather alarming. But sadly, incidents of blatant Muslim hate often used to drive a narrative that aims at dividing people are no longer surprising. On the other hand, heartwarming pictures of SRK offering prayers alongside his manager have gone viral for all the right reasons.

SEE ALSO: Veteran Singer Lata Mangeshkar Passes Away; Ranveer Singh, Akshay Kumar And Others Pay Tribute

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