Slum­ming it!

Friday - - Editor's Letter -

H e’s known the world over as the vil­lain from Slum­dog­Mil­lion­aire – the smooth-talk­ing TV host who did ev­ery­thing he could to try to make sure Ja­mal Ma­lik (Dev Pa­tel) didn’t win the top prize of Rs20 mil­lion.

His hard-hearted por­trayal was so real­is­tic he was cho­sen to play an evil wom­an­is­ing ty­coon op­po­site Tom Cruise in Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble 4 –

Ghost Pro­to­col, bring­ing his own style of sleaze to the big screen. But in real life Anil Kapoor is all smiles; a down-to-earth guy who’s only rider for our exclusive

Fri­day shoot was that he could watch the last over of cricket be­fore get­ting ready for his close up.

Luck­ily, In­dia beat Aus­tralia and he could en­joy the rest of the af­ter­noon, al­ter­nat­ing be­tween be­ing su­per-sharp (and su­per-groomed – this guy shaves twice a day to keep his trade­mark stub­ble at ex­actly the right length) and laid-back ca­sual for our pho­tog­ra­pher, Den­nis.

He was hun­gry and thirsty af­ter fin­ish­ing an in­ter­view with both us and Josh 97.8, our sis­ter ra­dio sta­tion, but was happy with just a glass of ex­tra­cold wa­ter. For a mega Bolly- and Hol­ly­wood star he doesn’t know the mean­ing of the word ‘de­mand­ing’. Anil is here to set up his own com­pany and stu­dio in Dubai so that he can travel be­tween In­dia and Amer­ica film­ing. Turn to page 14 to find out more about the su­per-cool – and very sweet – ac­tor. En­joy!

Karen Pasquali Jones Edi­tor kpasqual­i­jones@gulfnews.com

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