Will Smith was all smiles when he landed in India where he was seen for the first time since the infamous Oscar slap.
Smith was pictured landing at a private airport in Mumbai on Saturday where he was greeted by adoring fans who he took pictures with.
Smith would be in India to meet spiritual leader Sadhguru, whom Smith and his family met in 2020 in Los Angeles.
Dressed casually in a white t-shirt, dark gray shorts over white compression tights and a pair of Nike trainers, Smith looked relaxed and happy after landing in the Asian country of South.
As the staff helped him unload his things from his vehicle, nearby fans excitedly shouted “Will, Will Smith!”
Smith then takes a few selfies with safety and turns to the fans shouting his name, waving at them while smiling at them before continuing to take a few more selfies and entering a building where he gives a hug to someone.
It’s the first time Smith has been spotted in public nearly a month after he slapped emcee and comedian Chris Rock on live TV and in front of his co-stars after making a joke about his wife’s buzzcut Jada Pinkett Smith.
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Smith was pictured landing at a private airport in Mumbai where he was greeted by adoring fans who he took pictures with.
A happy fan gives Smith a thumbs up as he arrives in Mumbai. As the staff helped him unload his things from his vehicle, nearby fans excitedly shouted “Will, Will Smith!”
Dressed casually in a white t-shirt, dark gray shorts over white compression tights and a pair of Nike trainers, Smith looked relaxed and happy after landing in India
Smith looked in high spirits as he waved adoring fans to call his name as he landed in Mumbai on Saturday
Smith took the time to chat with members of security to help him as he got out of his cars, taking several pictures
After greeting fans and taking a few photos, Smith entered the building where he greeted someone with a hug
Jada has been open in the past about her struggles with alopecia.
After the slap, Will returned to his seat and yelled “keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth” twice.
The slap has divided Hollywood and the public, with some insisting he should be stripped of his Oscar and not rewarded for the violence, while others said he was standing up for his wife.
Several film projects Smith had been involved in have been put on hold since the controversy, including a sequel to the actor’s 2017 sci-fi action thriller “Bright” directed by David Ayer, which was canceled by Netflix, reported Bloomberg.
Smith’s National Geographic nature series ‘Pole to Pole,’ which follows the 53-year-old star to the North and South Poles and was due to begin filming in three weeks, has been put on hiatus until fall 2022, a reported the media.
Other projects Smith had lined up that were rejected include a film for Sony that was delayed and another Netflix project for “Fast and Loose.”
Netflix was in the process of finding a new director for the film after David Leitch left the film ahead of the Oscars.
Sony’s film “Bad Boys 4,” which began pre-production before the awards show, was also put on hold.
Amid mounting pressure, Will resigned from the Academy and issued an apology to Chris Rock, who did not respond publicly.
But two weeks after the awards night, the Academy imposed a 10-year ban on the actor from all his events, while releasing a statement decrying his “unacceptable” and “harmful” behavior.
“During our TV show, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For this, we are sorry,’ the Academy’s statement read. “It was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we failed to deliver – unprepared for the unprecedented.”
“The Board has resolved, for a period of 10 years beginning April 8, 2022, that Mr. Smith will not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including, but without s ‘limited to it, the Oscars.
Smith would be in India to meet spiritual leader Sadhguru, whom Smith and his family met in 2020 in Los Angeles
Last month, Smith slapped Chris Rock during the Oscars live stream last month after the comedian made a joke about his buzzcut
Jada Pinkett Smith mentioned the now infamous incident involving her husband Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars during the first episode of Red Table Talk and while she didn’t give much more detail, she promised that he would be addressed some time on the chat show in the future
The slap has divided Hollywood and the public, with some insisting he should be stripped of his Oscar and not rewarded for the violence while others said he rejected it and walked away mocked on social media.
“We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Mr. Rock for keeping his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our TV show.
After the decision was made, Smith released a statement saying, “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”
The actor had already resigned from the Academy when the ban was issued.
Smith’s meeting with Sadhguru would come after the guru visited his Los Angeles home in 2020.
Smith said he was a big fan of Sadhguru and had followed him since reading his book “Inner Engineering” and wanted to introduce the guru to his family.
“I wanted my family to meet spiritual people, to start interacting with people who aren’t addicted to the material world,” he said.
In a clip shared on Smith’s social media, Sadhguru is seen stopping by the actor on a motorbike and chatting with him and his daughter Willow.
Sadhguru told the group, “In any area of life, the most successful are always the most miserable because they get to the top of the world and the top of the world doesn’t look like the top of the world.
‘What happened yesterday, they are suffering today. Do you suffer from life or from your memory? You just suffer from your memory,” he tells an attentive Smith.
‘What can happen tomorrow, you are already suffering. You suffer your imagination!
Meanwhile, Smith’s wife Jada continued her Red Table Talk where she referenced the now infamous slapping incident but did not elaborate further, promising he would be addressed in the chat in the future.
The 50-year-old actress released a written statement at the start of the season five premiere of her Facebook Watch series which premiered on Wednesday.
It said: “Given everything that has happened over the past few weeks, the Smith family has been focused on deep healing.
“Some of the discoveries around our healing will be shared at the table when the time comes. Until then… the table will continue to offer powerful, inspiring and healing testimonies like that of our incredibly impressive first guest.
She before shared an Instagram post that hinted at his approval of the incident.
“It’s a healing season. And I’m here for that,” she wrote.
She went on to say: ‘Some of the discoveries around our healing will be shared at the table when the time comes’
He concluded: “Until then…the table will continue to offer powerful, inspiring and healing testimonies like that of our incredibly impressive first guest”
Jada didn’t directly address the slap, though she did share an Instagram post that hinted at her approval.