Dubai: Tom Cruise starrer `Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocal` opened the 8th Dubai International Film Festival Wednesday today with composer A R Rahman and Anil actor Kapoor adding Bollywood glamour to the red carpet.
Cruise, who shot some of the key events including a daredevil stunt hanging from the Burj Khalifa in the movie, is the biggest Hollywood star attending the festival. Kapoor plays a cameo of an Indian playboy in the movie, which had its world premiere here.
Cruise said he practised for months before actually shooting the stunt, which had his director and the producers fearing for his life.
"It is easy to climb a building and jump out of it but I am scared of falling. I trained with helmets and pads but when I had to shoot actually at the Burj Khalifa I told myself `Ok, this is the moment of truth` but it is very entertaining for the audience," Cruise said, adding that he likes to celebrate locations through his movies.
But Indian fans of the star may be disappointed to know that the most of the shots depicting Mumbai were actually shot in Dubai.
"Locations add to the film and we try to shoot there but one of the magic of movies is that you can create that environment," Cruise said about creating Mumbai outside India.
Some of the biggest Bollywood stars are attending the festival. Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar are expected to arrive tomorrow to promote `Don 2`. Shah Rukh enjoys a huge fan following here.
The cast of "Ricky Behl vs Ladies", including lead actors Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Singh will also attend the premiere of their film.
Rahman becomes the youngest and the first musician to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award here. Filmmakers Mani Ratnam and Ashutosh Gowariker are the others from India to get a lifetime achievement award.
The festival, which is screening 171 films from over 56 countries, has a special section `Celebrate India` dedicated to the films from the country.