Slumdog Tomcruiseinaire

As we know, Tom Cruise is in India where he is promoting The Most Impossible Mission Of Them All: The Ghost Mission. Yesterday, it was reported that he talked about how much he loved Bollywood movies to the point of lying and saying that he would never turn down a Bollywood movie if offered one. Sure, Tom Cruise. Today it is being reported that the screaming swarms of fans greeting him at the airport were actually PAID ACTORS (“junior artistes”). From FirstPost:

When the world’s biggest star and possibly the most famous Scientologist on earth, Tom Cruise, stepped out of the Mumbai domestic airport on Saturday 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 per person approximately, by a model coordinator to do the same!

“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. 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,” said one of the junior artistes at the airport, who was hired as an excited Tom fan.

This is, of course, to be taken with a grain of Kala Namak because it’s mostly being reported on small websites of questionable journalistic integrity, but either way, you have to admit that it is kind of hilarious. TOM KAUN? NEVER HEARD OF HIM! I’m also a very big fan of calling these people “junior artistes.” Because that’s clearly what they are. In any case, it’s just nice to see that no matter where they go in the world, a movie star’s life continues to be one that is real and relatable and makes sense and is a thing we can easily wrap our minds around because of how much sense it makes. So there’s that to hold onto. (Thanks for the tip, Melanie.)