Bollywood legend's star rising in Hollywood

SINGAPORE - He's a bona fide superstar in his country.

Having been in the Indian film industry for 33 years, Anil Kapoor, 52, finally shot to international stardom with the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire in 2008.

And the Hollywood offers have kept on coming.

In 2010, Kapoor starred in the eighth season of the US TV series 24, portraying Omar Hassan, president of the fictional Islamic Republic of Kamistan.

In October that year, he landed a role as a rich and randy businessman who gets seduced by Paula Patton's character in the Tom Cruise blockbuster Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which was released last year.

Talking about his idol and US co-star Cruise, he said the movie has opened a lot of doors for him in Hollywood.

"The kind of love and affection that Tom Cruise has shown has been overwhelming. It has given me a friend in Tom Cruise," he told The New Paper.

Fans can look forward to seeing Kapoor next in a small independent film called Cities, which also stars Clive Owen.

He said he is perfectly comfortable code-switching between Hollywood and Bollywood.

"I go where the job opportunities are. This year, I'll spend more time in India," he said.

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