Gere Shocks India by Smooching Star Actress

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Hollywood actor and HIV/AIDS activist Richard Gere stunned Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty with an impromptu shower of kisses at a program to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among truckers in New Delhi on Sunday.

While Shilpa thanked Gere for his efforts at raising HIV/AIDS awareness, Gere first kissed her hand and then bent her sideways to rain a shower of kisses on her cheek.

A breathless Shilpa was heard saying- "It was a bit too much"- into the microphone.

Gere then executed an elaborate bow before her.

Gere and Shilpa were taking part in a function organized by the Transport Corporation of India Foundation (TCIF) and Heroes Project to sensitize truckers on the issue of HIV/AIDS.

According to TCIF, there are approximately two million long-distance truckers in India.

Long absence from home, peer pressure, high stress and difficult working conditions make them prone to risk behavior including unsafe sexual practices.

Past studies have shown that around 2-11 per cent of the truckers are estimated to be HIV positive and 10-15 per cent of them have at least one sexually transmitted infection.

Gere's open display of affection for Shetty had some conservative Indian groups out on the streets on Monday , protesting against what they said was vulgar public behavior on Gere's part.

In Meerut, protestors burnt Shetty's posters and chanted slogans against her and Gere .

In Kanpur and Varanasi , protestors burnt Gere's effigy to vent their anger against the Hollywood star.

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