Sa­majh gaya? That’s what John Cena said to The Great Khali

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Sa­marth Goyal

John Cena is in love with In­dia. In fact, the 40-yearold su­per­star wrestler, ac­tor, and rap­per even learned some Hindi to talk to The Great Khali, the In­dian star of WWE (World Wrestling En­ter­tain­ment). It was only a lit­tle bit, but Cena did get a killer line: “Sa­majh gaya?”

“I don’t re­mem­ber much of it be­cause it used to be part of a script. The only lit­tle part that I re­mem­ber and still use it with In­di­ans are two words: ‘Sa­majh gaya?’ I think it means ‘Did you un­der­stand?’ When I say ‘sa­majh gaya?’, and I get a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’, I know I’m un­der­stand­ing them, and they can fol­low me,” says Cena, speak­ing to us from Aus­tralia, while pro­mot­ing his up­com­ing an­i­mated film, Fer­di­nand.

Cena says “It’s great to see ori­gin, like Khali and now Jin­der Malah, do so well. I mean, I was a fan of WWE when I was a kid, and I am now one of the wrestlers, [one] who is a six­teen-time cham­pion. So it’s a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion, and hope­fully there will be more wrestlers from In­dia.”

Even though his last visit to In­dia was in 2005, Cena still has fond mem­o­ries of what he saw. “I can­not tell you what a won­der­ful trip that was to In­dia. It was the best ex­pe­ri­ence I’ve ever had, and some­thing I never wit­nessed be­fore, or af­ter, in my life,” says Cena, adding that he is “for­tu­nate” to have “so many In­dian fans”. In­jury led to a can­celled visit to In­dia two years ago, and Cena will also miss a WWE ‘su­per­show’ in Delhi this month, but, he says, “I can’t wait to go [to In­dia] and meet my fans again ”


Wrestler John Cena learned Hindi to speak to The Great Khali The Great Khali is In­dia’s most fa­mous name in show wrestling

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