Tom cruises to Mumbai

Mumbai : On a whirlwind tour of India to promote the fourth instalment of his “Mission Impossible” franchise, Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise landed here Saturday evening amidst tight security.

Tom, 49, was accompanied by Bollywood star Anil Kapoor, who also plays a key role in “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”.

Dressed in a blue and white checkered shirt and blue jeans, Cruise landed at the domestic terminal of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport a little before 5 p.m.

He will be staying at the presidential suite of the Taj Mahal Palace and Towers in Colaba till Monday.

Tight security was in place at the airport and the route to his hotel.

If sources are to be believed, the presidential suite that Cruise has booked for two nights costs Rs.10 lakh per night.

The 5,000 square feet suite has in the past hosted guests like US President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie also stayed in the same suite during their India visit in November 2006.

An additional 14 rooms have been booked for his management and entourage.

Though Cruise was supposed to travel with wife Katie Holmes and daughter Suri, he came to the India trip alone.

Later Saturday, he will attend a private party thrown by Anil Kapoor which will also be attended by top Bollywood celebrities.

The bash would be a private 150-guest affair at the Taj Rooftop, Colaba.

On Sunday, Cruise will be part of the main event hosted by Viacom 18 and Anil Kapoor — the special screening for 1,500 fans two weeks before the film’s worldwide release Dec 21.

“He will meet and interact with his fans and will also watch the film with them. A red carpet event will follow the film,” said an organiser.

The film marks the return of the Hollywood superstar as secret agent Ethan Hunt. Anil Kapoor plays an Indian business tycoon Brij Nath in the movie.

Sources added that Cruise has expressed his intention to visit Anil’s home and meet his family if time permits.

Before coming to Mumbai, Cruise visited the Taj Mahal in Agra and said that he loved being there and that he always wanted to see the Taj.

The Archaeological Survey of India had made special arrangements for the visit and necessary precautions were taken by the caretakers of the Taj Mahal.

Cruise spent about an hour and took keen interest in the mausoleum, spending several minutes admiring the main structure from the marble platform.

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