Veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher says he never thought he would get an opportunity to work with Hollywood icon Robert De Niro, and also have the fortune of calling him a friend.

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Kher took to Instagram and shared a picture of himself along with De Niro, which was taken at the Hollywood star's apartment in New York, and was clicked by director David O. Russell.

Kher had a role in Russell's 2012 release, "Silver Linings Playbook", which featured Robert De Niro in a pivotal role.

He wrote: "Story of this pic: There won't be a single actor in the world, aspiring or established, who won't be an ardent fan of this phenomenal legendary actor #RobertDeNiro. As a drama school student I had done a special paper on two of his earlier films 'Mean Streets' and 'Taxi Driver'."

"Never in my wildest dreams had I ever thought way back in 1977 that one day I will get an opportunity of not only working with him in #SilverLiningPlaybook but will also have the good fortune of calling him my friend."

Kher then shared the details behind the pose.