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by Shephali J. Rele

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Anupam Kher’s Short Film “I Went Shopping for Robert De Niro” to Premiere at IIFA


Published:   |   Updated: April 7, 2014 at 08:32 AM

The directorial venture by international actor, Anupam Kher will be screened at International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend in Tampa on April 24. Before the premiere, the actor is scheduled to conduct an acting workshop open to University of South Florida students to provide guidance to those seeking a professional acting career and will shed light on various topics of Indian cinema.

Anupam Kher is one of the finest actors in Indian cinema. He has played diverse roles in over 460 films and numerous theatre productions since his 1984 debut in Mahesh Bhatt’s Saaransh. Kher was under 30 years old when his portrayal of the retired senior citizen garnered him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. He has been a part of many Hindi cinema classics, including Daddy, 1942: A Love Story, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara, A Wednesday, Special 26 among others. Kher has also featured in a number of crossover and Hollywood films including Midnight’s Children, Bend It Like Beckham, Bride & Prejudice, and the Oscar nominated Silver Linings Playbook. The actor currently runs the renowned acting school, Actor Prepares, in Mumbai.

The premiere will be open to celebrities from the Indian film fraternity. Kher pays tribute to iconic Hollywood actor Robert De Niro, his co-star from Silver Linings Playbook though the film. The writer and main actor, Shivangi Kshirsagar, who actually did shop for De Niro, describes the film as wild, feminine, and brazen. She plays the role of a girl who goes shopping for De Niro and has tried to represent what she has seen of De Niro’s work in the 29 minute short.

Anupam Kher said, “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.”

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