"Today's Special" is a Comedy film written by Aasif Mandvi (writer), released on November 11 of 2009 in the USA . Kevin Corrigan and Aasif Mandvi are starring, alongside Jess Weixler, Ajay Naidu, Naseeruddin Shah and Kevin Breznahan.
When was "Today's Special" released:
Today's Special was first released on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 (Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival), in the United States. Also released on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 has been The Good Soldier (dir. Michael Uys). This was ten (10) years ago.
It has been released on Friday, October 16, 2009 in the United Kingdom.
What is the casting of "Today's Special":
At the casting of Today's Special we find Kevin Corrigan, previously seen in Big Fan (2009) and Pineapple Express (2008); Aasif Mandvi (The Proposal (2009), Ghost Town (2008)); Jess Weixler (Peter and Vandy (2009), Alexander the Last (2009)) [ more... ]
What is the Storyline of "Today's Special":
TODAY'S SPECIAL is a heartwarming comedy with a culinary flavor, inspired by Aasif Mandvi's Obie Award winning play "Sakina's Restaurant." Samir (Aasif Mandvi, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, THE LAST AIRBENDER) is a sous chef who dreams of becoming the head chef at an upscale Manhattan restaurant. When he is passed over for a promotion he impulsively quits and lets his co-worker Carrie (Jess Weixler, TEETH) know that he intends to go to Paris and apprentice under a master French chef. Dreams must be put aside though after his father Hakim (Harish Patel, RUN FAT BOY RUN) has a heart attack and Samir is forced to take over Tandoori Palace, the nearly bankrupt family restaurant in Jackson Heights. Samir's relationship with his parents and his heritage is immediately put to the test. He has been estranged from his father since the death of his older brother, and his mother Farrida, (played by legendary cookbook writer and actor, Madhur Jaffrey), is consumed with finding a wife for her remaining son. While Samir is being forced to forsake his dreams, he is desperately trying to master Indian cooking to salvage the family business. Luckily, he crosses paths with Akbar, a taxi driver, passionate chef, and worldly raconteur (portrayed by the icon of Indian cinema, Naseeruddin Shah, MONSOON WEDDING). Akbar inspires Samir and teaches him to trust his senses more than recipes; to stop measuring his life, and to start truly living it. With Akbar's guidance, Samir has a chance to rediscover his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food.
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Naseeruddin Shah as "Akbar"
Aasif Mandvi as "Samir"
Harish Patel as "Hakim"
Naseeruddin Shah ("Akbar") and Aasif Mandvi ("Samir")
Aasif Mandvi ("Samir") and Naseeruddin Shah ("Akbar")
Harish Patel ("Hakim"), Madhur Jaffrey ("Farrida"), and Aasif Mandvi ("Samir")
Aasif Mandvi ("Samir") and Jess Weixler ("Carrie")
Madhur Jaffrey as "Farrida"
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