Kher, who performed alongside De Niro in the Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook, will direct the 29-minute short film entitled I Went Shopping for Robert De Niro.
According to PTI, the actor said: "I have been wanting to direct a film for the past one year. When I came back from the USA after completing Silver Linings 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."
I Went Shopping for Robert De Niro is described as the story of two girls at the crossroads of their lives and what happens when they go shopping for a gift for the legendary actor.
The story is based on the real-life experiences of Yamini Kshirsagar and Rimal Arora, who went looking for a gift for the 69-year-old star. The two also play the lead roles in the short film.
"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," explained Kher.
"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."
The short film will be produced under Kher's home banner The Actor Prepares Mumbai, named after his acting school.
Kher, who plays psychiatrist Dr Patel in Silver Linings Playbook, previously said that the film was "a golden opportunity" for him and that he now felt rewarded for his 30-year-contribution to film.
Silver Linings Playbook is the first film to win Oscar nominations in all four acting categories for more than 30 years.
Starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, the film won the award for 'Best Adapted Screenplay' at the BAFTAs yesterday (February 10).
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