As of now, Anupam Kher is in New York for the shoot of his new TV series New Amsterdam. Recently, he attended the birthday party of Robert De Niro, his friend and the Hollywood legend. Indian that he is, he couldn’t keep himself from gifting him Bhagavad Gita and a lord Ganesha Idol.

 

Talking about the experience, Anupam says that he had to pinch himself to realise that he was in the same room as Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese. Robert De Niro shares a special bond with Anupam Kher, who was one of the few ones to be invited to the party. The party mostly consisted of his family members. Anupam got to be lucky and met filmmaker Martin Scorsese there as well. He revealed that it has been a surrealistic and unreal experience sharing time with them.

 

In a recent interview about the same, he said, “It was a dream come true initially to meet Bob (Robert) De Niro. And then to be invited to his exclusive party where there were only 4-5 guests, rest of it was family and then there was Martin Scorsese. I have seen all combinations of Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro right from Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull to King of Comedy, and to see that combination over there in front of my eyes, it was really unrealistic situation, it was unreal. And had a nice chat with Scorsese, he was talking about his writer for Raging Bull, who was not well. But, just to be there and just to listen to them was unbelievable, surrealistic. I feel privileged and honoured. Really, God has been kind to me by giving me situations like this. I have to pinch myself that it’s really happening, that we are in a same room and celebrating cinema and talking about cinema.”

 

Anupam Kher also took to twitter to share some of the pictures from the birthday bash. Not only did he gift Robert a copy of Bhagvad Gita and a Ganesh idol but also recited Maha Mrityunjaya prayer for him. He said, “I gifted him Ganesha’s small idol and a copy of Bhagavad Gita. And as other people were toasting his birthday by raising a glass, I wanted to do something different because I didn’t want to mention 75th birthday and all those things. So, I did a recital of Maha Mrityunjaya Path loudly in front of those 15-20 people and there was a stunned silence because of the power of Maha Mrityunjaya Path was actually got transmitted in the atmosphere and he thanked me for that.”

 

The tweet read, “It was my privilege to be invited by Mr. #RobertDeNiro on his 75th birthday party. Meeting #MartinScorsese & having a conversation with him was a lifetime bonus. Presented Mr. De Niro a copy of #BhagwadGita & a #LordGanesh idol. Recited #MahaMrityunjaya prayer for him.🙏😎”

 

Anupam Kher seems to be on cloud ninth with the invitation. The duo shared screen together in the Academy Award-winning 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook. They have also shot together for an NBC pilot earlier this year and it is pretty clear that they have kept their friendship going. Turns out that this isn’t the first time that Anupam Kher has been invited to Robert’s birthday party but has been a regular guest for a few years now.

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