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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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Cast

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Henna (as Aarti Majmudar)
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Carrie
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Steve
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Samir
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Dr. Semaan
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Stanton
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Akbar
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Munnamia
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Regular #2
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Farrida
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Freddie
Harish Patel ...
Hakim
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Woman #2
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Andrei
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Pierre
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Storyline

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 All (34) »

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Life Has No Recipe

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Comedy

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Rated R for language

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11 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

7 to the Palace  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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: Eating with utensils is like making love with an interpreter.
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References Teesri Manzil (1966) See more »

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The Grocery Store
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Delightful ethnic comedy!
26 April 2010 | by (Minneapolis, MN) – See all my reviews

The excellent comedic talent, Aasif Mandvi, plays a lovable character named Samir in a very funny comedy about Samir's life in New York. He works as a sous chef in a nice restaurant with the hope of becoming a full chef in his boss's newly opening restaurant. When that position fails to materialize for him, Samir quits in a huff and decides to move to Paris for an unpaid position with a famous chef there.

Not too surprisingly, it turns out he needs to stay in New York because of a family crisis (I won't say what) and Samir's help is needed with the family business. A thoroughly delightful story follows that is full of heart and full of humor, for a totally enjoyable experience! Highly recommended!


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