Kher’s short ode to De Niro

Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, who worked with Hollywood legend Robert De Niro in David Russell’s award-winning movie Silver Linings Playbook gave an ode to the actor through his short film, I Went Shopping for Robert De Niro, at IIFA 2014 in Tampa Bay.

The slice-of-life short film got an overwhelming response at its premiere at the Tampa Convention Centre on Thursday. The film is about two girls from Kher’s acting school, Actor Prepares, and their little struggles as they go out in a crowded Mumbai market to buy a gift for De Niro.

Kher, who had interacted closely with De Niro while working in Silver Linings Playbook, talked about how he took permission from the Godfather 2 actor to make a film on him.


“It was an ode to him and he could not have stopped us from doing that,” said the actor, who admitted that De Niro, being an extremely private person hates to be the centre of attraction. “He said that the film was ‘terrific’, which was a lot as he is a man of few words,” said Kher.

The film, written by Shivangi Kshirsagar who is also one of the two actors, was shot in nine days.

Anupam Kher would make the cast rehearse at the institute and shoot swiftly on the Mumbai roads.

Meanwhile, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who openly criticised the Bollywood’s star system, is now all set to be a part of Salman Khan’s upcoming action thriller Kick. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Ritesh Batra’s film The Lunchbox, he was clearly enjoying the attention on the first day at IIFA.