The day of April 1 (April Fool’s Day) is known for playing pranks as people love to make others fools but as everyone knows about it, the prank should look as much authentic as possible. Shashi Tharoor, the Congress MP from Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram, is undoubtedly one of the most famous politicians of the present times. Thanks to his impeccable vocabulary and witty posts and responses on the social media networks, he enjoys a huge fan following among online users.

However, yesterday a new side of Shashi Tharoor came into light as he decided to carry on with the joke which was played on him. Vaibhav Vishal, the famous movie writer took to the micro-blogging site Twitter yesterday and posted an image from a black & white movie “Jailor” which got released in the year 1958. The image showed a kid with the actress Geeta Bali and what is special about the kid is that he looks quite similar to Shashi Tharoor. Though the name of the child artist is Master Gyaan and he has no connection with the politician, Vaibhav Vishal claimed in his tweet that it was Shashi Tharoor who acted in movies as a child artist.

Take a look at the image shared by Vaibhav Vishal:

The tweet with the pic read, “While @ShashiTharoor never was in Andaz Apna Apna, he did act in movies as a child star. His screen name was Master Gyaan, and he did 9 Hindi and Malayalam films. Attaching a still from Jailor with Geeta Bali. Today was just the right day to revisit this picture. Go, Shashi!”

Undoubtedly it was a great prank and Shashi Tharoor didn’t want to spoil it so he also played along by accepting that he worked in movies in childhood which he never wanted to reveal. Tharoor’s tweet read, “And I had tried to keep it secret all along! Good sleuthing @ofnosurnamefame ! Btw I am still known as Master Gyaan…”

The Indian Twitterati was left scratching their heads as many were not even able to believe it but it was so convincing that majority of the online users believed that Shashi Tharoor worked as a child actor as well.

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However a day after the prank was played, the film writer revealed the truth as he tweeted, “Sorry to burst everybody’s bubble here, but you guys were, well, April fooled. Politics is the best acting @ShashiTharoor does, and he does a phenomenal job of it, but outside of that, he never has acted in any movies.  PS: Master Gyaan he definitely is.”

The politician also cleared the air and wrote, “For all those folks who took this exchange seriously: It’s a joke! He is pulling my leg and I am playing along for fun. See yesterday’s date! #AprilFoolsDay”

That was really a good prank, what do you say?

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