Tom Cruise, center, poses with Indian fans as he arrives for a special screening of his film “Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol” in Mumbai. (Rajanish Kakade/Associated Press)

But a report cast doubt on whether those people were really fans of the A-list actor or perhaps locals working for a paycheck and lunch.

The First Post Bollywood claimed that around 200 people were paid about $3 each and given lunch to act as extras when Cruise arrived at the airport at the premiere. “Tom Kaun?” one person reportedly told the First Post. “I don’t know who he is or what he does.”

The Mumbai Mirror reported that Wizcraft, an event management agency working on Cruise’s tour of the country, paid another company to hire people to cheer at the airport. In the same article, a spokesperson for the company denied the allegation: “We are not aware of this. Your information is incorrect.”

A spokesperson for Paramount, the studio behind the latest “Mission,” squelched the rumor, saying in a statement to the Huffington Post, “The only people paid were performers who danced outside the venue. The idea that fans were paid to cheer is completely ludicrous and entirely false.”

This post has been updated.