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Anil ditches Cruise for Big B

Anil left immediately after MI4 shoot to be on Big B’s show.

To keep his date with Amitabh Bachchan in KBC’s hot seat yesterday, Anil Kapoor left poor Tom Cruise hanging! The story goes that Anil, who is now the new global Indian star, was shooting Mission Impossible 4 in Dubai. And no sooner was the shoot done, than he took off for Mumbai, ditching Cruise and the customary bonding session that happens when a film is completed. Anil is promoting his forthcoming Bollywood film by Anees Bazmee and one such promotional activity had him opposite Bachchan — his one-time big industry rival.

Naturally, he was anxious to keep that date at any cost. Doubly so because Anil himself has played the role of the quizmaster of the same show in Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. And it is this role that opened Hollywood doors for him. So, Anil told Cruise and the cast of MI4 his dilemma. And the Hollywood superstar and everyone else made sure that their schedule wrapped up as per Anil’s requirement. Anil told TOI, “I had to rush from the set to the airport to be back in Mumbai in time because I was really looking forward to shooting with Amitabh Bachchan.”


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