Five-year-old ‘Tubelight’ actor, Matin Rey Tangu from Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh gave a befitting reply to a racist question raised by a Mumbai-based reporter during a press meet to promote the movie on Monday evening. The video has since gone viral as the ‘perfect’ reply shut the reporter drawing praise from actor Salman Khan.
The star kid from Arunachal Pradesh, who starred along with superstar Salman Khan in the upcoming movie – Tubelight, was introduced to the audience with Salman Khan going all out praising the young star. Known for his sharpness, the 5-year-old kid left the reporter red-faced with his reply to a rather foolish question.
During the meet, a reporter asked Matin if this is the first time he is visiting India, assuming he is Chinese. The journalist was corrected by another scribe sitting beside her, who told her Matin is from Arunachal Pradesh.
Realising the goof-up, she changed her question to, “If this is the first time you have come to Mumbai?” Even as Matin asked her to repeat her question for it wasn’t audible to him, Salman, who had heard the first question, interrupted, turned towards Matin and asked him, “She is asking, if you have come to India for the first time?” The journalist repeated and said, “Is it first time in Mumbai?” Salman, however, stuck to his question and asked Matin again, “She is asking, if you have come to India for the first time?”
The boy, who had already by then left the media persons in awe with his sharpness, replied, “Hum India per hi baithta hai, toh India par aayega hi kaise (When I live in India only, how will I come to India),” as the crowd emerged in cheers and applause. Here’s the video:
Tubelight is set against the backdrop of 1962 Sino-Indian war and Salman’s Chinese co-star in the film is actor Zhu Zhu, who is making her Bollywood debut.
Tubelight hits theatres this Friday.