Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty yesterday blamed India’s “lunatic fringe” for an uproar over enthusiastic kisses bestowed on her by Hollywood heart-throb Richard Gere at an Aids charity event.

Last weeks, an Indian court was issued a warrant of arrest for Gere on charges of “obscene” behavior after the televised embrace in which the star bent Shetty backward on stage and kissed her repeatedly.


The incident triggered a public storm in India, known for its chaste public behavior despite Bollywood’s sexually suggestive song-and-dance routines.

However, Shetty said the kisses have been “blown out of all proportion” and Gere “was just being very sweet.” when been interview while promoted her latest film in Australia.

“The media tends to get slightly irresponsible at times but that’s the price one has to pay for celebrity,” Shetty said, “The majority of Indians don’t feel that way. It was the lunatic fringe that took over.

In Sydney to promote her film Life in A … Metro, Shetty said the scandal has been good for her new movie. “It’s great timing,” she said. “Hopefully, people will now be interested to see what I actually do.”