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A man gains a new lease on life when circumstances force him to take over the family business in this comedy drama from director David Kaplan. Samir Aasif Mandvi is a traditionally trained chef who works as the sous chef in an exclusive restaurant in Manhattan, but when he learns he's been turned down for an expected promotion, he leaves in a huff and isn't asked to return. Samir is convinced he's cut out for better things and considers heading for Europe to attend a culinary academy in Paris. But Samir's plans ...
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Overview

A man gains a new lease on life when circumstances force him to take over the family business in this comedy drama from director David Kaplan. Samir Aasif Mandvi is a traditionally trained chef who works as the sous chef in an exclusive restaurant in Manhattan, but when he learns he's been turned down for an expected promotion, he leaves in a huff and isn't asked to return. Samir is convinced he's cut out for better things and considers heading for Europe to attend a culinary academy in Paris. But Samir's plans quickly change when he learns that his father Harish Patel has suffered a severe heart attack and someone needs to look after the family business, a dingy Indian restaurant in Queens that's fallen on hard times. While Samir has spent years learning to prepare gourmet cuisine, he's never had much experience making Indian food, and his mother Madhur Jaffrey is singularly unimpressed with his efforts. Samir has to hire a new cook to assist him, and he ends up with Akbar Naseeruddin Shah, a cabbie who claims to have cooked for many of India's leading dignitaries, and with Akbar's help Samir learns about the soul of Indian cuisine, as well as a few things about himself. Samir also tries to make time for a budding romance with Carrie Jess Weixler, who worked with him at his old job. Today's Special was an official selection at the 2009 BFI London Film Festival.
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Special Features

Deleted scenes; Cooking sketch; Interview with the writers; Recipe from Madhur Jaffrey
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2012
  • UPC: 767685244104
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Source: New Video Group
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,095

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Aasif Mandvi Samir
Naseeruddin Shah Akbar
Madhur Jaffrey Farrida
Jess Weixler Carrie
Harish Patel Hakim
Kevin Corrigan , Stanton
Dean Winters , Steve
Technical Credits
David Kaplan Director
Declan Baldwin Co-producer
Jonathan Bines Screenwriter
Beth Dembitzer Executive Producer
Rich Fox Editor
Goldspot Score Composer
Chris Houghton Editor
Lillian LaSalle Producer
Aasif Mandvi Screenwriter
Nimitt Mankad Producer
Cory Melious Sound/Sound Designer
David Offner Art Director
Rengan Rajaratnam Executive Producer
Darcy C. Scanlin Production Designer
Theresa Squire Costumes/Costume Designer
David Tumblety Cinematographer
Stephane Wremble Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Today's Special
1. Introduction [2:58]
2. Last Day [10:01]
3. Being Single [13:03]
4. Family Business [11:56]
5. New Opportunities [6:39]
6. Special Breakfast [5:31]
7. Spice of Life [10:33]
8. Date Night [10:47]
9. New Look [8:02]
10. Trust Me [5:24]
11. Big Night [10:37]
12. Credits [3:06]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Today's Special
   Play Film
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Make Me a Dish 0:41
         This is Entertainment 1:15
         After Hours Drinks 1:54
      Interview With the Co-Writers 3:52
      Cooking Sketch 3:41
      "Ina Mina Dika" Video by Coldspot 3:24
   Audio Set Up
      5.1 Surrond
      2.0 Stereo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    This is a nice, feel-good movie. Nice ending.

    This is a nice, feel-good movie. Nice ending.

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