India feels the Cruise effect

India feels the Cruise effect

India feels the Cruise effect

Some 1,500 fans, a two hour walkabout and countless mobile phone pictures: Mumbai got the full Cruise treatment when the star jetted in for the screening of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol – the fourth in the spy franchise.

Excited crowds gathered in the Indian capital waving banners and posters of Tom from his throughout his career.

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On touching down, the larger than life star went straight to the Taj Mahal, 700 km away, accompanied by his co-star Anil Kapoor – "an incredible host".

Anil, a veteran with 30 years experience on the Bollywood movie scene, is known to western audiences as the conniving talk show host in Slumdog Millionaire.

Even a globetrotter like Tom was overwhelmed by his 48 hours in the colourful country.

"I wanted to come to India my whole life, so I am very excited," he told local journalists.

"I love watching Hindi movies. There are many Hindi movies that come out… but I do watch a few of them. [If I was offered a film in Bollywood] I would never say no," he added.

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