No kisses please, we're Indian. Actress Bipasha Basu blames the Afghan tradition of men greeting each other with kisses for the recent illness of her boyfriend, actor John Abraham.
Abraham fell ill while filming in Afghanistan for his latest movie, Kabul Express, in which he plays a television journalist covering the war against the Taliban.
"John needs to be careful with his health," Basu, a top model-turned-movie star, said in an interview.
"People there kiss your cheeks instead of (saying) hello. Infection does spread," she said.
Basu has starred in more than 22 movies since she entered the movie industry five years ago. Her recent films include the comedies "No Entry" and Phir Hera Pheri, or Some More Hustling.
Abraham, who has been voted one of Bollywood's sexiest stars in several polls, made his debut in Indian films three years ago. He shot into the limelight in the 2004 hit Dhoom or Big Bang, for his role as the leader of a gang of bikers who rob rich businessmen.