Cruise reaches out to desi fans!


By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, Nov. 19 -- It's finally official! Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise has confirmed his visit to India, and will be landing in Mumbai on December 2 for a two-day visit. His mission: to promote his upcoming action thriller, Mission: Impossible -Ghost Protocol in the country.

And interestingly, Cruise -along with co-star Anil Kapoor is also likely to host the biggest-ever fan screening in Mumbai. The idea is to showcase MI:4 to the franchise's biggest fans, who will also get a chance to watch filmmaker Brad Bird's extravaganza before the rest of the world.

Around 1500 people are expected to be shown a first glimpse of Cruise's stunts, two weeks before the film officially releases in India. Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, who have the distribution and marketing rights of the film, are keeping the information under wraps.

However, team members of the organising committee inform that plans are afoot to hold a pan-India contest to pick the lucky 1,500. "All the fans will be flown into Mumbai from various parts of India, and will watch the film with Tom and Anil Kapoor," says the team member.

When contacted, Kapoor who plays Indian business tycoon Brij Nath in the film confirms, saying, "Yes, the fan screening is on but it's too premature to talk about it in detail right now. We will see how things go."

Insiders involved with the movie's marketing suggest that the screening will be held at a suburban multiplex. Although Viacom 18 has decided upon a venue, a confirmation is awaited from Cruise and his team. The screening will most likely be in 3D. MI:4 releases in India on December 16 in 2D and Imax-3D. The film, which marks the return of Cruise as secret agent Ethan Hunt, was extensively shot in Dubai, Prague, Moscow, Mumbai and Vancouver.

Earlier, Cruise had sent a crack team of specialists to Mumbai to create a docket on the city's facilities, including security, food and hospitality. For some time now, the actor has been showing keen interest in India and Hindi. Last week, he tweeted: "We are really looking forward to talk to our friends in India when Mission: Impossible -Ghost Protocol releases. Anil Kapoor rocks MI:4."