Richa Chadha took to the streets of Mumbai with "Free Hugs" to spread joy on National Hug Day

Published: Jan 22, 2020, 15:26 IST | Mohar Basu | Mumbai

Despite being busy with the promotions of Panga and other pre-production work, Richa Chadha tried an interesting initiative on International Hug Day

Fast emerging as an icon for the youth because of her unflinching honesty, Richa Chadha recently took to the streets for an adorable 'social experiment'. Despite being busy with the promotions of Panga and other pre-production work, she tried an interesting initiative on International Hug Day.

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. . . . ...set out to share some 💓 because there’s so much hate in 🌍 atm! Like Martin Luther King said, “Darkness cannot be driven out by darkness, only light can do that ...” I hugged strangers and it was MAGIC! काको you see in the red sari, not only hugged me, she kissed me, and then proceeded to KISS MY FRIEND (the reason her 📱shook) who was helping 🥰🤗😄Made people hug each other too... you see love is contagious ! NOW I WANNA DO THIS EVERY YEAR! May be next year you can join me 💕☮️ Smile. Spread love! प्यार बाँटते चलो! ❤️ Thanks Sagar, UJ and Sajid! You supported my madness 💕 . . PS - I took a lift, had come in a car...from which we were documenting this! #NationalHugDay #Hug #Love #Peace #SpreadLove #BeTheChange

A post shared by Richa Chadha (@therichachadha) onJan 21, 2020 at 8:04am PST

At a time when we're seeing both the rise in extremism as well as rising awareness about social causes globally, the actress decided to go hang out at Carter Road, Bandra to holding a hand painted 'Free Hugs' sign. She wore dark glasses as she didn't want to be recognised but just wanted to give out hugs as a citizen and not a celebrity. Although a few fans eventually did recognise her, she gave out hugs to strangers and passers by with ease.

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