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Fact Check: Did Aamir Khan donate Rs 15,000 cash to needy in wheat flour packets?

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The claim that Aamir Khan made an innovative donation by hiding Rs 15000 cash inside flour packets is false. However, he has donated unrevealed amount to the PM Cares Fund and the Maharashtra Chief Minister's Relief Fund.

In this time of Coronavirus pandemic, a number of celebrities and businessmen are coming forward to their bit in the fight against coronavirus. Amid this, an unverified claim is being widely shared on social media that Bollywood actor Aamir Khan's distributed flour packets with Rs 15,000 cash hidden inside it. A Facebook user Anil K Khaling shared a collage of 3 images with the caption, "Amir Khan-- 1 kg Aata but 15k inside. Slum-dwellers thaught it s too less so didn't go to collect it. But the most needy ones who were deliberately even trying to get 1 kg of flour for the family took that but surprised to get 15000/- inside the packet.. Wah.. Amir Khan.. Stay home.. social distancing.. stay safe.. guide neighbourers.. make India COVID-19 free."

A number of other Facebook users shared posts claiming the same. 

An Instagram page named 'aamirfansindonesia' shared a collage with the viral claim. 

A TikTok video was shared on Twitter. The video has two windows, in the left window there is an image of Amir Khan and in the right one, a man in a navy-blue t-shirt explains how a vehicle loaded with flour packets was sent to a slum area. Some people announced that those who need flour packets should come and take the 1 kg packets of flour, but as there was only 1kg flour in a packet, many refused to take the packets because they felt one kilo would hardly serve any and people who were really needy, took the packets. When people went back and opened the packets, they were taken by surprise as each of them found Rs 15000 cash hidden inside the packets. The man says that this was a very innovative way to help those who actually need it and showed appreciation for this gesture.  

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found that the original source of the video in which a man explaining the incident. It was shared by a Tik Tok user named Crazy Traveler on April 19. However, in this video, he did not name Aamir Khan or anyone else. In the original video, he can be heard saying that this innovative donation was made by an unknown person and he made the video to thank that person. It should be noted that all the posts claiming that Aamir Khan donated money inside the flour packets were shared after April 19, i.e, after this video was shared. 

Also, we did not find any credible source reporting that Amir Khan made any donation in this unique way and there is no clarification from the actor's team. 

Also, in the following image, one can clearly see, the cash kept in each packet is roughly Rs 2000-2500, way less than the amount claimed to be hidden in the packets. 

However, we did find a report by the Gujarati news portal about a gentleman leaving Rs 15000 in a floor packet. However, the name of the gentleman is still unknown.

According to a Hindustan Times report published on April 6, 2020, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan has donated an unrevealed amount to the PM Cares Fund and the Maharashtra Chief Minister's Relief Fund, and he has also provided financial support to various voluntary organizations and daily wage earners for his upcoming films. 

These pieces of information lead us to the conclusion, the claim that Aamir Khan made an innovative donation by hiding Rs 15000 cash inside flour packets is false. 

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