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Today's Special (2009)

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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.

Director:

David Kaplan

Writers:

Aasif Mandvi (screenplay), Jonathan Bines (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jess Weixler ... Carrie
Kevin Corrigan ... Stanton
Dean Winters ... Steve
Aarti Mann ... Henna (as Aarti Majmudar)
Aasif Mandvi ... Samir
Amir Arison ... Dr. Semaan
Naseeruddin Shah ... Akbar
Ajay Naidu ... Munnamia
Kevin Breznahan ... Freddie
Angela Lewis ... Woman Looking at Menu
Ranjit Chowdhry ... Regular #1
Chloe Brooks ... Woman #2 (as Chloe Cmarada)
Kumar Pallana ... Regular #2
Harish Patel ... Hakim
Erica Peeples ... Waitress
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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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Plot Keywords:

chef | cooking | cook | food | indian food | See All (33) »

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Life Has No Recipe

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Samir and Carrie go out for their first date, they visit the Arepa Lady, made famous by Jim Leff and the contributors to Chowhound.com . See more »

Quotes

Farrida: There's more than just fish in the sea.
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Connections

Spin-off Today's Special: New York Indian (2012) See more »

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Foundations
Written by Siddhartha Khosla
Performed by Goldspot
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User Reviews

 
Very Warm and Memorable Film

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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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Untitled Aasif Mandvi Feature Project See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$90,639, 21 November 2010

Gross USA:

$317,831

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$317,831
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1.85 : 1
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