Tom's India schedule in Anil's hands
With only Anil Kapoor being allowed to host a party for Tom Cruise during his two-day visit to Mumbai, his colleagues are eating their hearts out.
It is unlikely that Tom's jam-packed trip to India would be able to accommodate anything other than a visit to Mumbai.
Apparently Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar and Arjun Rampal have expressed keen interest in hosting parties for the Hollywood actor during his stay here, on December 4 and 5. However all requests have been politely declined.
According to sources, Anil offered to have Tom as a guest at his house. But practical considerations came in the way.
"Anil is Tom's co-star in Mission Impossible. They've a personal bonding. It is expected that Anil will host Tom. But for security reasons, he will stay at Taj Lands End which is now being turned into a fortress," says a source.
Sources also add that Anil is planning a huge bash in honour of his friend where the who's-who of the entertainment world will be invited.
Some of the other Bollywood names who wanted to host parties are apparently not happy with the idea of reveling in the borrowed glory of Anil's bash and may not even turn up for the party.
Adds the source, "But Anil can be very persuasive. He will win over all the Khans and Kapoors and the rest of his fraternity and they will all be there finally."
The venue of Anil's do is being kept under wraps. The source adds, "The producers have lined up big events. The core event is a screening for fans of MI4 on December 4, three days before the film's global premiere in Dubai."
Officials from India's MI4's distribution company in India have either switched off their mobiles or taken leave. Says a source, "News of the fan screening has leaked out.
Requests for invites are driving the production company up the wall. They've surrendered Tom's schedules to Anil who will take a call on where and for how long Tom will be in Mumbai."