After sharing screen space with Robert De Niro in Oscar-nominated film Silver Linings Playbook, Anupam Kher is now making a short film in tribute to the Hollywood veteran.
I Went Shopping For Robert De Niro, a 29 minute short
film in honour of his Oscar-nominated co-star, is Anupam Kher's next
He is also producing the film under his banner Actor
Prepares Mumbai, named after his acting school.
"I have been wanting to direct a film for the past one
year. When I came back from the USA after completing Silver
Lining's Playbook, Yamini, the writer of the short film,
narrated the concept to me and I thought it is a wonderful
story and I wanted to tell it. I decided to direct and produce
it," said Anupam Kher in a statement.
The cast and crew includes fans of De Niro, who have
worked passionately to pay their respects to the 69-year-old
I went Shopping for Robert De Niro is a story of two
girls at the crossroads of their lives and what happens to
them on that particular day when they go shopping for De Niro.
Yamini Kshirsagar and Rimal Arora play the lead roles in
the film. The pair had actually gone shopping for a gift for
De Niro before Kher travelled to Philadelphia to shoot Silver
Linings Playbook, making the film part autobiography and part
"With this film we tell the story of millions of people
who come to the city of Mumbai to fulfil their dreams. It
reminded me of the days of my life when I shifted to Mumbai to
pursue my career as an actor.
"Similarly Silver Linings Playbook reminded me of the
excitement I experienced when I signed my first film ever and
I went shopping for Robert De Niro reminded me of my first
days in Mumbai. Nostalgia drove me to be a part of both these
stories," said Anupam Kher, who is currently riding high on the
success of recently released Hindi film Special 26.