USA, 2009, 99 Minute Running Time
Must End Dec 16 at the NEW Denver FilmCenter/Colfax
35mm Presenataion - Today's Special is a heartwarming comedy inspired by Aasif Mandvi's Obie Award-winning play Sakina's Restaurant. Samir (Mandvi, "The Daily Show with John Stewart") 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) 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) 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 (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 (Naseeruddin Shah), 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.
DIRECTOR: David Kaplan
Principal Cast: Dean Winters, Kevin Corrigan, Aasif Mandvi, Jess Weixler, Ajay Naidu, Naseeruddin Shah
US Distributor: Vitagraph Films