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I'd love to meet Irrfan the next time: Kal Penn

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New Delhi, Nov. 10 -- While he's known best for his Hollywood films and popular TV series, it's his poignant act of an American-Indian boy Gogol in the Mira Nair film, The Namesake (2006), that made Kal Penn a household name here.

What made the film even more special was its stellar cast comprising actors Irrfan Khan (inset) and Tabu, who played his parents. Pressed for time during his recent visit to Mumbai, the US-based actor says that he'd make sure to catch up with his "Bollywood friends", when he comes down again, next month.

"I'd have loved to see Irrfan this time. Unfortunately, I was there just for a day, so I didn't get a chance to see any of my Bollywood pals. But I'm hoping I'll be back in December, so maybe, I could then catch up with everybody," says Kal, 37, who was bowled over by Khan's act in the critically-acclaimed film, The Lunchbox.

Kal, in fact, admits to having caught up on quite a few Bollywood films, of late, including masala flicks like Gunday, Mere Dad ki Maruti and Bombay Talkies. "I thought Saqib was awesome in Bombay Talkies. I'd love to do a buddy comedy with Saqib, someday," says Kal, who is also known for playing the character of Kumar from the Harold & Kumar film series.

Talking of his Indian roots, Kal, who is of Gujarati origin, says that he's fluent in his mother tongue, but Hindi is something he's still learning. Ask him if he can sing a Hindi song, and Kal says, "I can probably sing if the CD is on... but there's still a long way for me to go before I can actually have a full conversation in Hindi."