Today’s Special

By Maangchi

Tonight I was invited by The Asian American Association of Time Inc. to see a preview screening of the movie “Today’s Special,” written by and starring Aasif Mandvi from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Aasif plays Samir, who dreams of being a famous Manhattan chef but has to run his family’s Tandoori restaurant.

After the movie there was a Q&A with Aasif and he answered all questions very patiently. Then he took a photo with me.


Aasif Mandvi,
If you like Babette’s Feast, Tampopo, or Chocolat, you will love it. It’s a real movie for foodies, and you can also learn about Indian culture.

Naseeruddin Shah plays an old man in the movie who used to be a famous chef in India, before coming to America to be a taxi driver. In the movie, he says that you can cook without a recipe, as long as you cook from your heart and with your emotions. This reminded me of Korean housewives who have been cooking for a long time, who always cook perfectly without measurements. It’s because their food is coming from their heart!

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There’s a little bit of everything in the movie: a little comedy, a little romance, and a little cultural conflict. The movie opens Nov 19 and I think I’ll go again after it opens and bring my friends, so they can have a good laugh.




  1. BxlSprout Brussels, Belgium My profile page joined 5/10
    Posted December 12th, 2010 at 4:27 am | # |

    Very cool! It looks like a great movie too.

  2. Kayla Baltimore, Maryland My profile page joined 11/10
    Posted November 22nd, 2010 at 1:35 pm | # |

    Now I’m craving a good chana masala. Must learn how to make it, since there are no Indian restaurants around here (or any ethnic restaurants, for that matter).

  3. powerplantop Louisiana My profile page I'm a fan! joined 6/09
    Posted November 16th, 2010 at 6:39 am | # |

    That is cool!

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