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Australian Chef Gary Mehigan Ask Huma Qureshi For Consent Before Kissing, Fans React

Huma was at a promotional event of her upcoming film ‘Tarla’ in Mumbai when she was greeted by Chef Gary Mehigan.





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HAVE you ever seen a celebrity asking for permission to kiss an actor? Well, Australian chef Gary Mehigan asked actor Huma Qureshi for consent before kissing in a video that has now gone viral on social media. And it goes on to prove how in the age of #MeToo, the lines of consent are significant than ever.

For the unversed, Huma was at a promotional event of her upcoming film ‘Tarla’ in Mumbai when she was greeted by Chef Gary Mehigan. In the video posted by the paparazzi, Huma and Gary are seen greeting each other. As they exchange pleasantries, Gary asks for Huma’s permission if he could kiss her. The former MasterChef Australia judge and host asks Huma, “Are we gonna kiss?” Huma replies with a “yeah”. Following Huma’s consent, the chef gives her a peck on her cheek and the two pose for photographs.

As soon as the video went viral on social media, fans lauded Gary for making men understand how consent should be clear and firm. One comment read, “I liked the way he took permission”. Another Instagram user said, “This is how a man should behave”. Comment “That’s good” was also liked by many as it re-established the need for appropriate behavior and how consequences of getting things wrong can be serious.

Others said that the incident also reminded them of a popular sequence – featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Huma Qureshi in ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’. In the aforementioned sequence, Nawazuddin’s character Faisal Khan seeks permission from Huma’s character Mohsina before he touches her. In an old interview, Nawazuddin had said that Anurag made Huma and him sit near a lake and they performed the entire sequence in a single take.

A few also suggested that Huma-Gary video reminded them of Hollywood star Richard Gere. “Mujhe Richard Gere ki yaad aa bahut dino baad,” a comment read. In March 2007, Shilpa Shetty and Richard Gere had attended an AIDS awareness event in Mumbai where the Hollywood star kissed her cheek multiple times.

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