mindy kaling malala yousafai getty Mindy Kaling and Malala Yousafzai, separated at birth?“Mindy Project” star Mindy Kaling had a big day at the 2014 New Yorker Festival earlier this month. She was greeted by a throng of screaming fans, she did a question and answer panel with the New Yorker’s TV critic Emily Nussbaum, she was congratulated on winning the Nobel Peace Prize … wait, what?

According to a New York Times profile from the annual gathering that celebrates independent TV productions, Kaling at the VIP after-party in Manhattan’s “Boom Boom Room” when a roughly 80-year-old man approached her. Slightly inebriated, he said, “Congratulations on your Nobel Prize” and then marveled at how well she had recovered from the gunshots she received at the hands of the Taliban.

He was referring to Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old Pakistani human rights activist who was shot three times in the head in 2012 while on her way to school.

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After the man left, Kaling remarked, “Did he really think I’m Malala? And that if I were, I’d be at the Boom Boom Room? … That’s the best thing that’s happened all night.”

What do you think, readers? It kiiiiind of looks as though the only thing Mindy and Malala share in common is their coloring. But perhaps it’s an honest mistake for elderly eyes under the influence?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."