After entertaining the industry in blockbusters such as Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayange, A Wednesday and Khosla Ka Ghosla, Anupam Kher has now added yet another feather to his cap.
The actor has turned director with short film I Went Shopping For Robert De Niro. The film is set to have a world premiere on Day 2 of the IIFA Awards to be held at Florida from April 23, 2014 to April 26, 2104.
The film is a tribute to Hollywood star Robert De Niro, Anupam's co-star from the Oscar nominated film Silver Linings Playbook.
Shivangi Kshirsagar, the film's writer, also plays the lead role of the girl who goes shopping for De Niro and through that shopping spree tries her best to represent De Niro's work in the 29-minute drama.
"The film has had an exciting journey which came a sort of full circle for us on 10th November, 2013, when Mr De Niro visited our (acting) school and met the team. It was a very special occasion and I invited some prominent actors and directors from the Indian film industry to meet him. It was fun to watch some of our biggest stars sit around him - like students who crowd around their guru -- while De Niro patiently answered questions about his work, characters, scripts, co-actors, his films, his associations with filmmakers, etc. He graciously signed books, pictures and DVDs for everyone. It was such a memorable evening. He wrote a note for my students and teachers as well," said Kher of the Hollywood legend.
"Having the World Premiere at IIFA in Tampa, Florida, showcases in essence the spirit of the short film, where a group of Indian artists pay tribute to the American legend, as India celebrates the centenary of Indian Cinema," added Kher.
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