Adil Qadri successfully secured an investment deal with Vineeta Singh on ‘Shark Tank 3’, where entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to potential investors.
However, when Vineeta approached him for a hug to celebrate the deal, Adil declined, sparking curiosity.
The luxury perfume entrepreneur has now opened up about the incident, explaining the cultural background behind his decision.
Shark Tank, inspired by the American reality series, features entrepreneurs seeking investments from a panel of ‘sharks.’ The third season includes Vineeta Singh, Aman Gupta, Anupam Mittal, Namita Thapar, Deepinder Goyal, and others.
Adil Qadri, hailing from Gujarat, presented his perfume business with a Rs 6 crore debt on the show.
Despite the challenging situation, his pitch impressed Vineeta Singh, who not only invested in his brand but also provided solutions to alleviate the debt.
The viral moment occurred when, after finalizing the deal, Vineeta asked Adil for a hug, which he politely declined. Adil’s actions led to online discussions, with some labeling him a ‘sigma male.’ In a recent podcast with Ayushman Pandit, Adil clarified his stance, explaining that in Indian and Muslim culture, men refrain from hugging women outside their family circle. He expressed gratitude towards Vineeta for the investment but emphasized the cultural norms that guided his decision.
“Indian culture hai, Muslim culture hai, humara ek culture hai jaha pe hum ladies se jadda karib nahi hote. Duri rakhte hai agar who humare wife nahi hai ya humari sister nahi hai ya humari mother nehi hai. Toh humare mei prohibited hai, toh hum dur rehte hai.”
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Netizens appreciated both Adil Qadri and Vineeta Singh for their professionalism and respectful interactions. Vineeta’s supportive gestures and Adil’s adherence to cultural boundaries garnered positive reactions from viewers.