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Today's Special (2009)

R  |   |  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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Henna (as Aarti Majmudar)
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Carrie
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Akbar
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Samir
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Dr. Semaan
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Munnamia
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Freddie
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Hakim
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Alpana (as Saila Rao)
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Farrida
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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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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11 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

7 to the Palace  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$317,831 (USA) (10 December 2010)
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The restaurant shown in the movie is now Thakali Kitchen in Flushing, NY, specializing in Nepalese and Tibetan cuisine. See more »

Quotes

Akbar: Eating with utensils is like making love with an interpreter.
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Spin-off Today's Special: New York Indian (2012) See more »

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What's Under The House
Written by Siddhartha Khosla
Performed by Goldspot
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Light hearted, but surprisingly deep look at aspirations and culture.
9 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was filled with humor, which made the family conflicts (mother's aspirations for her son, and father's grief over a loss), bearable and at times downright funny. The cultural baggage of the Indo-Pakistani participants was both credible and (fortunately) not exaggerated.

This is a film about relationships: an aspiring chef to his food and public, a mother and father to a son, and the lead character to a co-worker. Perhaps the most interesting and important relationship turns out to be between Akbar the cab driver and the would be chef. There are not a lot of well done portrayals of a wise mentor and carrying this one off with a gentle light shined on both life and food, was surprisingly effective.

All in all, very entertaining with a many good messages, presented without appearing preachy.


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