TAMPA — The International Indian Film Academy announced Friday that actor and director Anupam Kher will premiere his short film I Went Shopping for Robert De Niro and conduct an acting workshop for students at the University of South Florida on April 24.
Kher is a 30-year Bollywood veteran who has appeared in more than 460 films and plays and has had crossover roles in movies such as Bend It Like Beckham, Bride & Prejudice, Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Silver Linings Playbook, which starred De Niro. The 29-minute film's writer and main actor is Shivangi Kshirsagar, who really did shop for De Niro.
"I thought, 'Why not showcase this to the kids of Tampa?' " said Andre Timmins, director of Wizcraft International Entertainment, the Mumbai-based company that created the IIFA awards. "We want to promote different films and give opportunities to students to be a part of the Indian cinema and IIFA experience."
In showcasing elements of Indian and American cinema, I Went Shopping for Robert De Niro is an apt premiere for IIFA's first appearance in the United States, Timmins said.
The 15th annual IIFA Weekend & Awards is scheduled for April 23-26 in Tampa, with the awards show the evening of April 26 at Raymond James Stadium.