27/01/2015 2:47 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST

Obama's Stumble While Attempting Popular Hindi Film Dialogue Is Still A Win

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US President Barack Obama speaks on US - India relations during a townhall event at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi on January 27, 2015. President Barack Obama said the United States could be India's 'best partner' January 27 as he wrapped up a three-day visit to New Delhi by highlighting the shared values of the world's biggest democracies. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI: He tried his best. But when US President Barack Obama attempted to use a popular Hindi film dialogue — from the 1995 Shahrukh Khan-starrer 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge' — during his Town hall address at the Siri Fort auditorium on Tuesday morning, he stumbled.

"Senorita, bade bade deshon mein... You know what I mean," said Obama, alluding to the film's line, "Senorita, bade bade deshon mein chhotein chotein baatein hote rehta hain" (Madam, in big countries, small incidents keep happening). He was rueing that he was unable to dance in India this time. In his last visit in 2010, he and Michelle had danced with some children in Mumbai.

He said that last time he had danced "pretty good bhangra", but everyone told him that Michelle was a much better dancer. It "hurt my feelings a little bit," Obama joked.

Full points for trying, Barack.

PM Narendra Modi couldn't resist jumping in too, in his Twitter farewell.