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Kal Penn Used A "Kal Ho Naa Ho" Reference In A Dig Against Mike Pence, And Indians Are Here For It

Mostly because we're pretty sure no one else will get the reference.

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Kal Penn AKA Kalpen Suresh Modi, although an American citizen, has always been super proud of his Indian roots.

He is also pretty vocal about his political views...

Instagram: @kalpenn

And doesn't really hold himself back when it comes to sharing his disdain towards the Trump administration.

His latest jibe at the administration was aimed at Vice President Mike Pence.

And while the reference fell flat for a lot of Americans...

Indians fucking dug it.

And that's mostly because we know Americans are going to be left scratching their heads, while we are the select few that can truly appreciate the genius behind it.

Even Kal Ho Naa Ho's director Nikkhil Advani thought it was hilarious.

Hahahaha... I will always have the bgm playing in my head now when I see him standing next @realDonaldTrump.…

For those who are not familiar with Bollywood films, Kantaben is a character from the 2003 romantic drama Kal Ho Naa Ho.

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Penn was hilariously comparing how Pence's stance on LGBTQ rights is as regressive as Kantaben. In the film, she keeps getting scandalised by the idea of the two male leads being in a relationship with each other.

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Keep using your amazing references to make the world a better place, Kal.

Someone please brief Spicer about head wobbles before he does his first Indian foreign press trip.

Andre Borges is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Mumbai.

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