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Today's Special (2009)

 -  Comedy  -  11 November 2009 (USA)
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In this super-feel-good foodie comedy, young Manhattan chef Samir rediscovers his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food.

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Aasif Mandvi and Madhur Jaffrey tour New York City's Indian cuisine.

Stars: Aasif Mandvi, Madhur Jaffrey
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Carrie
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Henna (as Aarti Majmudar)
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Steve
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Stanton
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Samir
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Akbar
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Munnamia
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Dr. Semaan
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Freddie
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Andrei
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Hakim
Ranjit Chowdhry ...
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Samir is a sous chef in Manhattan. He quits when he's not promoted - his boss says his cooking lacks soul. He decides to find an unpaid internship in Paris, but his father suffers a heart attack keeping him home for a few weeks. Samir must run the family's failing Indian restaurant in Queens. He can't cook Indian food, so things get dire when the chef quits: Samir tracks down Akbar, a cabbie who claims to have cooked for British royalty in Bombay. Akbar cooks with mind, heart, and gut - and offers philosophy as well. With the help of Carrie, whom he met at the Manhattan restaurant, Samir begins to enjoy the work. But will his father approve, and if not, what then? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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chef | cooking | cook | food | indian food | See more »

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Life Has No Recipe

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Rated R for language

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11 November 2009 (USA)  »

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7 to the Palace  »

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$90,639 (USA) (19 November 2010)

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$317,831 (USA) (10 December 2010)
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Madhur Jaffrey, who plays Samir's mother, is a celebrated expert in Indian cuisine, and the author of many cookbooks. See more »

Quotes

Akbar: They don't know what they want. They only know what they've had!
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References Kabhie Kabhie (1976) See more »

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Written by Siddhartha Khosla
Performed by Goldspot
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Evoked a gastronomic delight in Indian cuisine...inspiring with a peculiar sense of humor
12 February 2012 | by (Ottawa Canada) – See all my reviews

Rating and review:***** A great movie for the weekend. Funny and also will definitely stir your appetite or may even motivate the Chef hiding within you to get into the kitchen if you are a foodie !! I enjoyed and chuckled with the idiosyncratic behavior of the characters in the movie. It well depicted, with humor the generation gap of ethnic Indians raised in the West. No one else could have fit into the role Naseeruddin Shah played. cheers ! I wish more movies of this genre are made. I love the concept of blending into the Western culture while preserving the roots of ones own as show in this movie. That makes people more interesting. Enough of monotonous meat and potatoes I say !!


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