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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.

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David Kaplan

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

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Cast

Credited cast:
Dean Winters ... Steve
Kevin Corrigan ... Stanton
Jess Weixler ... Carrie
Aarti Mann ... Henna (as Aarti Majmudar)
Madhur Jaffrey ... Farrida
Angela Lewis ... Woman Looking at Menu
Aasif Mandvi ... Samir
Kevin Breznahan ... Freddie
Amir Arison ... Dr. Semaan
Ajay Naidu ... Munnamia
Naseeruddin Shah ... Akbar
Kumar Pallana ... Regular #2
Debargo Sanyal ... Pierre
Chloe Brooks ... Woman #2 (as Chloe Cmarada)
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

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Comedy

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

7 to the Palace See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$90,639, 21 November 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$400,654, 3 April 2011
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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Ina Mina Dika
Arranged 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 sribulusuSee 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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