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Bollywood legend's star rising in Hollywood

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.

Talking about his experience working in Hollywood, he said Indians are no longer stereotyped in Western films.

"Look at my role in 24. I played a positive role. If I was stereotyped, they would have made me a fundamentalist that Americans hate or want to kill."

His next Hindi film Tezz (Speed), which will be released this month, is an action-packed, star-studded movie.

About how he has survived and thrived in a youth-obsessed industry despite his age, he said: "It's a lot of hard work. I've never worked harder in my life."

Promoting the IIFA awards, which is coming to town in June, the actor was full of praise for Singapore.

He revealed that his wife, former top model Sunita Bambhani, went to see a doctor in Singapore yesterday.

Without revealing much at the press conference, he said: "My wife doesn't travel with me, she doesn't come for shoots but this time she has come with me to meet one of the best doctors in the world. She is not unwell and she met a doctor today and she's already feeling better and that is what Singapore is."

His actress-daughter Sonam Kapoor lived in Singapore for two years - from 2001 to 2003 - and attended United World College.

"People told us if you want to sleep well at night, if you want her to get the best education... send her to Singapore," he said.

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