Written by Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and Jonathan Bines (writer, Jimmy Kimmel Live!) and starring Mandvi, TODAY’S SPECIAL tells the story of Samir, 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, Queens.
Samir’s mother, Farrida (Madhur Jaffrey), is consumed with trying to find a wife for her son, while Samir is trying to master Indian cooking to salvage the family business. Luckily, he crosses paths with Akbar (Naseeruddin Shah, Monsoon Wedding), a taxi driver, passionate chef and worldly raconteur. 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.
Directed by David Kaplan (The Year of the Fish), TODAY’S SPECIAL won hearts and stomachs across the country during its theatrical premiere in 2010, earning **** from The Dallas Morning News, The Chicago Tribune and The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, among other accolades. Jaffrey, also an actress, was recently included in The New York Times’ “2010 Best Cookbooks of the Year” for At Home with Madhur Jaffrey. Cameos in the kitchen include Kevin Corrigan (The Departed, Buffalo ‘66) and Dean Winters (Oz, Rescue Me).
TODAY’S SPECIAL features an original score by world-famous “gypsy” guitar player, Stephane Wrembel (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), and Goldspot frontman, Siddhartha Khosla (And The Elephant is Dancing), composed and performed songs for the film.
Edited by Chris Houghton; cinematography by David Tumblety; produced by Nimitt Mankad and Lillian Lasalle. Bonus features on the DVD include deleted scenes, a cooking video, an exclusive recipe from Madhur Jaffrey, and a music video of Khosla’s remake of the Bollywood classic, “Ina Mina Dika.”
Praise for TODAY’S SPECIAL:
“An irresistible delight! Imaginative, warm and witty! Today’s Special is alive with a screen full of captivating characters…A gem of wide appeal, richly deserving of finding an audience.” – Los Angeles Times
“The film, like a great meal, leaves you wanting more.” The Hollywood Reporter
“Not afraid of a little food porn… this is one quietly lovely film.” – Epicurious
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Fun Extra! Watch legendary cookbook writer Madhur Jaffrey and Aasif Mandvi cook Okra with Shallots, in this extra feature from the DVD.
TODAY’S SPECIAL features an original score by world-famous “gypsy” guitar player, Stephane Wrembel(Vicky Cristina Barcelona), and Goldspot frontman, Siddhartha Khosla (And The Elephant is Dancing), composed and performed songs for the film. Edited by Chris Houghton; cinematography by David Tumblety; produced by Nimitt Mankad and Lillian Lasalle. Bonus features on the DVD include deleted scenes, a cooking video, an exclusive recipe from Madhur Jaffrey, and a music video of Khosla’s remake of the Bollywood classic, “Ina Mina Dika.”
Pricing: $26.95 US/ $29.95 CAN
Runtime: 99 minutes, plus extras
Rating: Not Rated
Catalog #: NNVG244100
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
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