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Today's Special (2009)

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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Cast

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Carrie
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Steve
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Stanton
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Samir
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Henna (as Aarti Majmudar)
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Dr. Semaan
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Munnamia
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Akbar
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Freddie
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Regular #2
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Hakim
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Woman #2 (as Chloe Cmarada)
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Farrida
Ranjit Chowdhry ...
Regular #1
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Restaurant Patron
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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 (33) »

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Life Has No Recipe

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Comedy

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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)

Gross:

$317,831 (USA) (10 December 2010)
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Trivia

The restaurant shown in the movie is now Thakali Kitchen in Flushing, NY, specializing in Nepalese and Tibetan cuisine. See more »

Quotes

Akbar: They don't know what they want. They only know what they've had!
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Connections

References Aasha (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

The Grocery Store
Written by Siddhartha Khosla
Performed by 'Goldspot'
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Very Warm and Memorable Film
2 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My wife and I sat down expecting to see a low budget flick. Turns out, the acting, plot, sets and script are engaging and warm. A real family film also touching on generational issues as well as the love of doing something one really loves and overcoming fear in just living one's life

The only negative (and a minor point) is that there were no subtitles, causing one to really concentrate on some actors as the some were, at times, hard to understand. However, this also made us concentrate even more on watching the film and may have even added to overall appreciation

Very enjoyable.A very touching and human movie.


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