When Tom Cruise, the world’s biggest star and possibly the most famous Scientologist on earth, stepped out of the Mumbai domestic airport with his entourage, little did he know that the screaming crowds he was waving out to were not his Indian fans at all.
In fact, the 200-and-odd people gathered there didn’t even know who he was and they couldn’t care less. They had been hired at the rate of Rs 150, or 3 dollars per person approximately, by a model coordinator to do the same!
The 49-year-old actor is in the city to promote the fourth instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise.
“Tom kaun? I don’t know who he is or what he does. We were told to come here by 1pm today and wait for a foreign VIP to come out of the airport gate and scream and shout when he came. None of us know who Tom is, Firstpost quoted one junior artist as saying.
“There was a buffet lunch also for us and we were paid Rs 150 for this job today. We do this for television shows and other such events where crowds are required,” the artist said.
Given that the absolutely handsome Cruise of the disarming smile has a huge fan base in the country, thanks to some really great and popular cinema, it would not have taken much to get more than half of the city’s population to converge at the airport or any venue to catch a glimpse of the star they love and adore.
For someone who is chased down by the paparazzi all over the world in fast cars and helicopters and whose every movement is tracked down by tabloids and magazines, including his wife Katie Holmes’, and daughter Suri’s too, it’s going to come as a shock to him that he was greeted by a motley group of paid people posing to be his fans in Mumbai.(ANI)