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"Baaghi" actor Tiger Shroff's comment on the origin of martial art Kung Fu has not gone down well with the people of China. Chinese people have been reaching out to "Baaghi" director Sabbir Khan questioning Tiger's statement.

Tiger, in a statement, said that Kung Fu originated in India from the teachings of an Indian Buddhist monk Bodhidharma. This statement has not only miffed Hong Kong martial artist-actor Jackie Chan, but also the people of China have raised questions about it.

"We have received several questions on this matter, but it's natural for this entire debate to arise as from centuries Kung Fu has been established as a form of martial arts which was born in China," director Sabbir said in a statement.

Tiger has earlier said that Bodhidarma arrived in China from India in the 6th century and brought the art form in the country.

"Kung fu is the most ancient of all martial arts and is the art of fighting without weapons. The art of fighting without fighting as I like to say! There are conflicting opinions on whether it actually originated from the teachings of an Indian Buddhist monk, Bodhidarma, who arrived in China from India in the 6th century or not," Tiger said in a statement.

"One thing is for certain and that is, he most definitely brought a form of martial arts with him, most likely Kalaripayattu, and transformed the newly formed Shaolin temple and the Buddhist monks settled there into dedicating themselves to Kung Fu and becoming a warrior elite whose fame spread throughout China and then all over the world," he added.

Jackie Chan, who was interestingly shooting in Jaipur for his next titled "Kung Fu Yoga," read the news about the origin of the marital art and was shocked to hear about it.

"He wanted to go back to roots, meet Tiger and know the basis of his comment. He also asked people from the crew and his near dear ones to do some research on it as he wants to find out the correct fact," said the source.