Narendra Modi, Francis Hollande
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs French President Francois Hollande (R) after his arrival at Rock Garden in the northern city of Chandigarh on 24 January 2016REUTERS/Altaf Hussain

We are not sure if Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tendency of hugging his political guests is a cleverly thought up strategy to keep them on the edge or simply because of his fondness for warm encompassing embraces.

Most recently, his somewhat awkward photo op with visiting French President Francois Hollande kicked up a storm on Twitter when he was caught on camera with his hands on the president's waist. Many compared it to Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet's iconic Titanic pose.

This is not the first time that the Indian PM was caught with his arms around a global leader. Check out some of his famous hugs over the past year below:

Narendra Modi, Barack Obama
US President Barack Obama (L) hugs Narendra Modi after a joint press conference in New Delhi on 25 January 2015PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images
Narendra Modi, David Cameron
Modi (L) embraces British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) after the latter's speech on stage at Wembley Stadium in London on 13 November 2015JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Narendra Modi, Tony Abbott
Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) officially welcomes Modi (R) to the G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane on 15 November 2014WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images
Narendra Modi, Najib Razak, Thongsing Thammavong
Modi (L) and Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) embrace as Laos Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong (R) looks on as they takes part in the Asean plus India meeting, part of the 27th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Kuala Lumpur on 21 November 2015MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images
Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe
Modi (R) is welcomed by his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe upon his arrival at the State Guest House in Kyoto, western Japan, on August 30, 2014TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images

Heads of other countries are not the only ones at the receiving end of one of Modi's hugs, business men, celebrities and party members all get the same warm treatment.

Narendra Modi, Mark Zuckerberg
Indian Prime Minister (L) and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hug after a Townhall meeting, at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on 27 September 2015SUSANA BATES/AFP/Getty Images
Narendra Modi, Hugh Jackman
Modi hugs actor Hugh Jackman on stage during the Global Citizen Festival concert in Central Park, New York on 27 September 2014REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Biographer Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, in an interview with BBC in 2015, explained the Indian prime minister's tendency of hugging. He said that they were a conscious effort to make it clear that he [Modi] is on the same level as those he is meeting. "He's trying to tell the world that he's an equal, a friend and he's very affectionate. Mr Modi is a performer."