Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Star Anil Kapoor On Juggling Bollywood And Hollywood

One hundred films into a 30-year Bollywood career that would impress Methuselah’s of the Sliver Screen like Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne, India’s Anil Kapoor is now splitting time between entertainment’s two biggest industries.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kapoor said that although jet lag from continental drift has wreaked havoc on his sleep patterns, his involvement with a huge international franchise like Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was a great honor. And despite his character’s minor role, preparing for it still presented considerable challenges.

In India entire films revolve around him, he said, which makes it easier to leave an impression on the audience.  “That’s the great challenge [in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol], that you have to do your best in a limited time,” he said.

Despite the short-yet-sweet gig, Kapoor brought his 30-plus years of screen experience to the role and took great pride in leaving something memorable in his wake.

Other than the high-octane offering of Mission: Impossible, Kapoor has cut his international eyeteeth on 2009’s independent smash hit Slumdog Millionaire and Fox’s 24. Next year he’ll add another piece to his broadening film oeuvre  with Cities, an independent directed by Roger Donaldson.

Although breaking into Hollywood can be a Herculean effort even for established international stars, Kapoor was surprised to find an industry that ran counter to the ‘cut-throat’ reputation that surrounds it.

“[F]or them (people in Hollywood) relationships are very important…I have met some of the best people in my career in terms of warmth, respect, commitment, and friends,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.

Such is Kapoor’s reputation outside of India that Mickey Rourke, with whom he shares an agent, calls him the next Omar Sharif.  Whether Kapoor will find himself in a modern-day Doctor Zhivako or not, his turn in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and his upcoming roles, should keep him gracing the silver screen for years to come.


Blamed for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin, IMF operative Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is disavowed along with the rest of the agency when the President initiates “Ghost Protocol.” Left without any resources or backup, Ethan must find a way to clear his agency’s name and prevent another attack. To complicate matters further, Ethan is forced to embark on this mission with a team of fellow IMF fugitives whose personal motives he does not fully know.

Directed by two-time Academy Award winner Brad Bird, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Josh Holloway, Anil Kapoor and Léa Seydoux.

‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ will be in theaters and IMAX in the U.S. on December 21, 2011.

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  • http://supreethrajan.wordpress.com/ Supreeth Rajan

    A funny role portrayed by Anil. Many of my fellow Indians complained about his short role, but then, he played his part. And he did it very well.