No, this photo shows actor Amitabh Bachchan greeting a former Indian state government chief

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A photo has been shared thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim it shows Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan greeting organised crime fugitive Dawood Ibrahim. The claim is false: the photo has circulated online since 2010 in reports about Bachchan meeting former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.

The photo was published in this Facebook post on September 17, 2020.

Screenshot of misleading Facebook post

The post’s Hindi-language caption translates to English as: “I am your father in relation, but I am your slave. An old photo of Amitabh Bachchan with Dawood Ibrahim has been released now. This is why Jaya Bachchan was furious over talks of his drugs-connection. Shame on Amitabh Bachchan.”

Amitabh Bachchan is a senior Bollywood actor and “I am your father in relation” is a well-known line from one of his Hindi movies.

Amitabh’s wife Jaya Bachchan is a former Bollywood actress and now lawmaker.

Dawood Ibrahim is one of India’s most wanted fugitives. He is accused of running major organised crime operations and supporting terrorist acts, including the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai.

The photo was also shared alongside a similar claim on Facebook here, here, here and here; and on Twitter here, here, here and here.

The claim, however, is false.

Keyword searches found the photo was published in several Indian media reports about Bachchan meeting former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan. It was published by Mumbai-based English-language newspapers Economic Times here on March 25 and here by The Indian Express on March 29, 2010.

Below is an image comparison of the photo in the misleading post (L) and the photo in the Economic Times report (R):

Image comparing screenshot

A reverse image search on Google also found this video report by Mumbai-based English language newspaper The Times of India. The report is about Bachchan attending the inauguration ceremony for the Banda-Worli Sea Link between west and south Mumbai on March 24, 2010, where he met Chavan.

Bachchan and Chavan, pictured sitting together, can be seen wearing the same outfits as seen in the misleading posts. Below is a screenshot of the video report with the two men highlighted in green by AFP:

Screenshot of video report

In response to the misleading posts, Bachchan's son Abhishek Bachchan, also a Bollywood actor, said in a tweet on September 18, 2020 that the image shows his father with Ashok Chavan.

“Brother, this photo shows my father and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan,” says the tweet in Hindi, in response to another user’s tweet which has since been deleted.