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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
Jess Weixler ... Carrie
Aarti Mann ... Henna (as Aarti Majmudar)
Aasif Mandvi ... Samir
Kevin Corrigan ... Stanton
Amir Arison ... Dr. Semaan
Ajay Naidu ... Munnamia
Naseeruddin Shah ... Akbar
Erica Peeples Erica Peeples ... Waitress
Chloe Brooks ... Woman #2 (as Chloe Cmarada)
Kevin Breznahan ... Freddie
Madhur Jaffrey ... Farrida
Kumar Pallana ... Regular #2
Harish Patel ... Hakim
Angela Lewis ... Woman Looking at Menu
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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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$400,654, 3 April 2011
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1.85 : 1
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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

Samir: You understand this wouldn't be a permanent position?
Akbar: That's okay; I've never had a permanent position in my life.
Samir: [ironically] That's quite an accomplishment.
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References Aasha (1957) See more »

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Written by Siddhartha Khosla
Performed by Goldspot
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Relevant, witty, and uplifting.
21 February 2012 | by slackergirl42See all my reviews

This is a heartfelt, amusing film starring Aasif Mandvi, mostly known for his work as a Daily Show correspondent. It's not quite as funny as I expected from a comedian of his caliber; not because he tried and failed, but because it's more of a quirky story of a personal journey. But there were definitely a good number of lines that were so funny I had to repeat them out loud to myself. It's a bit slow in the beginning (could have used some tighter editing), but give it some time to build. Naseeruddin Shah is magic, as always. If you know his work, nothing more needs to be said. If not, watch this and enjoy. (And I gotta say, I think he looks damn good for his age!) It is not a coincidence that the song Akbar (Shah) is listening to when Samir (Mandvi) first meets him is from a classic Hindi film in which the character says that although all his clothes come from other countries, his heart is still Indian. Samir has tried to cut himself off from Indian traditions, even while his parents are attempting to shove them down his throat; the more they push, the more he pulls away, and vise versa. Throughout the film, with help from unexpected places, he learns to reconcile his western life with his heritage, and appreciate where he came from.


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