Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Free Hugs India


Sometimes, a hug is all what we need. Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whos sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.

In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal.

As this symbol of human hope spread accross the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign BANNED. What we then witness is the true spirit of humanity come together in what can only be described as awe inspiring.

In the Spirit of the free hugs campaign, PASS THIS TO A FRIEND and HUG A STRANGER! After all, If you can reach just one person...

About Free Hugs India Campaign

A unique way to spread love and make people happy.. Free Hugs Campaign is all about spreading love and happiness by giving a hug to a stranger. I m Vinit Mehta and after watching Juan Maan's video of Free Hugs I was really impressed and I got the campaign to my city -- MUMBAI (India). I am the first person to start this campaign in India to spread friendship, love and peace.

But imagine with the public morale so low, all one could do was pass around hugs! to cheer up people and to bring back the smiles. And I just needed to start it, to get out there and show that it could be done, to share the love! And I did it! I stood there waiting, calling out to people, and as if what everyone needed was actually just a spark, there I was ! Hugs started flying around everywhere, scenes of joy, laugther, happiness, celebration and so much more. So much footage that I could hardly choose the best scenes .... U wont believe but this free hugs video was as long as 42 minutes ..... And I had to cut it to 10 mins .. !! I received so many hugs.
I brought the "free hugs" campaign to India with good intention - out of grace and positive nature and the activity was very evidently wholesome and healthy.I got hundreds of hugs..People just forget everything and they come and give a hug.. I got a total of 1200 hugs in just 4 days !!!!

Free hugs was a good success in Mumbai, India. Initially I thought there might not be a good response .. becoz people in India are not open to physical contact. And me asking for a hug .. that would be too much !!! But I was totally wrong!! It all happened perfectly.. people were open ... They all came and gave a hug.. the response was overwhelming...

The media too covered the campaign. So many newspapers, tv channels and radio stations..



Free Hugs Campaign will reach different cities in India soon.....

If u want to join the campaign u can mail me at-

You can also call on - +91 8082-606060
Hugger: Vinit Mehta
Music: Heal The World- Michael Jackson You had a bad day- Daniel Powter
Camera: Aditi Mukherjee & Bhakti Vasani

Thanks to all those people who gave me a Hug. You guys made my Day, and hopefully I made your Day a better one.

*HUGS and freedom!!!

Watch and enjoy.. and send this video to your friends if you like it - thanks!

Lots of Love,

Vinit Mehta


$'s indeed strnge!!! said...

well 1st of all..realy wanna congratulate sch an awesome camp wich he has conducted..nt onli him bt d entire team of his..congratulations :)
u guys r realy doin a fabulous job..d concept is vry nice n appreciable..m glad some1 is putin in his efforts to make a stranger happi by jz 1 affectionate hug of his..dat hug must hv realy got a smile on their faces n dey must hv surely 4gotten al their worries fr dat particular moment atleast!!
kudos to u guys..keep d good work of luck..!!!

Anonymous said...

Dude......... Its just awesome. I am just out of words. Your video left me speechless. I only wish I were there. I think I'll try something like this in my college :)

chandu said...

awesome man.....
congrats for the accomplishment of the mission..

suresh said...

god bless you

Nikz said...

Really impressing video....congratz man!
Hope to do something like this in my city!:-)

ashok said...

GREAT job dude.......Nice a see a person coming out from the crowd to conduct such awareness.........Awesome.......
Try if u can continue this in Chennai...Waiting to HUG you man......

A Phoenix said...

Dear Vinit,

I have never heard of any such attempt to spread love and show compassion so purely. I congratulate you and your whole team with all my heart. I wish you all the best for future campaigns that your team will conduct in other cities. In the current throes of times this is remarkably beautiful and soothing kind of gift that anyone can give.. Hats off to all you people.

As someone has rightly said “A hug is the perfect gift; one size fits all, and nobody minds if you exchange it.”... Great going and keep it up

With Best of Regards,

(PS: I hope it is okay if I put this blog link in my Orkut profile and ask my friends to pass it on as much as possible :) )

vinitmehta said...

Omkar.. u can put the link in ur profile.. no probs !

dolphin said...

simply superb, i can imagine how our people would have reacted initially. the video indeed reflected kindness, warmth. i was initially apprehensive why strangers would give me hugs on the road! but after a hug, i had a smile on my face. it is the smallest thing we can do to people around us. kudos to you for starting in India!!

is it only in bombay? or spread nation wide?

Pranav Kumar V said...

On a long enough timeline, nothing good ever dies, slowly but steadily, the good lives on... and even better, it radiates its presence all over the place!!

Awesome campaign!! Indeed, what more than a heartful HUG after all the hard work/love/whatever!! And this it is this part of my country I keep wanting to come back!! :)

Great going!!

See you when I see you... :)

aneesh said...

great work man .congrats .I would like to be a part of it at Bangalore

jharna...! said...

wow vinit .. the very idea of taking such a unconventional slightly weird but adorable step - hats off.. applause applause, bloody cute man, the very spirit of your act bought a smile on my face .. and i didn't even realized it !! kudos !

Someone as real as you said...

AWESOME!!!! Love this! *Warm Hug* and respect! :)

Aishwariya Sarkar said...

great job pal....
truly, a hug is what we all need.

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