Today's Special (film)

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Today's Special
Today's Special (2009) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by David Kaplan
Produced by Nimitt Mankad
Lillian LaSalle
Declan Baldwin
Screenplay by Aasif Mandvi
Jonathan Bines
Based on Sakina's Restaurant 
by Aasif Mandvi
Starring Aasif Mandvi
Madhur Jaffrey
Naseeruddin Shah
Harish Patel
Jess Weixler
Kevin Corrigan
Dean Winters
Ajay Naidu
Music by Stephane Wrembel, songs by Siddhartha Khosla
Cinematography David Tumblety
Edited by Rich Fox
Chris Houghton
Production
company
Inimitable Pictures
Sweet 180
Distributed by Reliance MediaWorks Ltd
Release dates
  • October 16, 2009 (2009-10-16) (London Film Festival)
Running time 99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $317,831[1]

Today's Special is a 2009 independent comedy film loosely inspired by Aasif Mandvi's play, Sakina's Restaurant. The film was directed by David Kaplan. The script was adapted by Aasif Mandvi and Jonathan Bines, and stars Mandvi, Madhur Jaffrey, Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah, Jess Weixler, Harish Patel, Kevin Corrigan, Dean Winters, and Ajay Naidu. The film was developed and produced by Nimitt Mankad of Inimitable Pictures, and Lillian LaSalle of Sweet 180.

The film premiered at the London Film Festival on October 16, 2009 and in the United States at the Paris Theater as the Opening Night of the MIAAC Film Festival (Mahindra Indo American Arts Festival). It played at the Mumbai Film Festival; the Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 15, 2010, where it won "Best of the Fest"; and was the Opening Night film at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival on March 11, 2010.[2]

Plot[edit]

Samir (Aasif Mandvi), a sous chef at an upscale New York restaurant, becomes frustrated with his boss (Dean Winters) and quits. His dreams of studying French cooking in France are shattered after his father becomes ill and he must take over his family's Indian restaurant, Tandoori Palace. Samir's knowledge of Indian cooking is limited until he meets the larger than life gourmet chef and taxi driver Akbar (Naseeruddin Shah). Samir's world is transformed via Akbar's cooking lessons, the magic of the masala and a beautiful co-worker, Carrie (Jess Weixler). While his mother (Madhur Jaffrey) tries to get him to settle down with a nice Indian girl and his father (Harish Patel) is convinced he will amount to nothing, Samir, Akbar, and a kitchen staff of eccentric characters concoct the most magical and mouth watering dishes in what soon becomes the best little Indian restaurant in New York.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=todaysspecial.htm
  2. ^ G. Allen Johnson (March 7, 2010). "Aasif Mandvi's "Today's Special' opens festival". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ ""Bombay Summer" rules NY film fest". The Hindu. November 20, 2009. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 

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