Today's Special

Synopsis: Samir is a sous chef in Manhattan. He quits when he's not promoted - his boss says his cooking lacks soul. He decides to find an unpaid internship in Paris, but his father suffers a heart attack keeping him home for a few weeks. Samir must run the family's failing Indian restaurant in Queens. He can't cook Indian food, so things get dire when the chef quits: Samir tracks down Akbar, a cabbie who claims to have cooked for British royalty in Bombay. Akbar cooks with mind, heart, and gut - and offers philosophy as well. With the help of Carrie, whom he met at the Manhattan restaurant, Samir begins to enjoy the work. But will his father approve, and if not, what then?
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): David Kaplan
Production: Inimitable Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

Oh, yeah.

Sure, sure, boss. Sure.

Hey, mr. Samir.

Better keep my card.

Ken fucking curzon?

Just calm down,

buddy, all right?

Dude, this is my job.

This is my job, you know it is.

And you give it to

fucking 25-year-old

Fucking ken fucking curzon?

Come on!

I know you're upset.

I'm upset.

Yes, I am upset.

I have six years in the line,

I have two as your sous-chef.

I know, pal,

and you're the best damn

sous-chef I've got, okay?

Oh, great. But what?


Look, samir.

Samir, you...

You are an incredible cook.

All right?

But to be the chef,

that's, I mean,

You got to be more

than just a good cook,

man. You know?

No, no. You've got to

be a creative force.

You've got to be

the man with the magic.

The bing, the bang,

the boom, the pop.

And ken curzon,

he may be 25 years old,

but he's got that magic.

When he slices salmon,

it's fucking pornographic.

I get a boner

watching this guy cook.

That's a chef.

Frankly, samir, I know

you've been doing this

for a few years,

But your cooking's cold.

I'm sorry,

buddy, but you know what,

it's paint by numbers.

It's by the book.

And as a businessman,

I have to ask myself,

"where's the magic?

"where's the emotion?

"where's my boner?" hmm?

Hey, hey. Samir!

Where're you going, buddy?

I heard you quit,

I'm sorry about that.

It's all for the best, you know.

What are you going to do?

I'm going to paris.

You got a job in paris?

Yeah, I'm going to stage

with jacques renaud.


At la cantatrice?


Wow, that's amazing.

Well, it's just

a stage, you know.

Call me crazy,

but most people would

seem happy about it.

I am happy.

Good luck.




This is good

stuff. Thanks.

If you're

gonna be working

in this madhouse,

You're gonna need

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Aasif Mandvi

Aasif Hakim Mandviwala (born March 5, 1966), known professionally as Aasif Mandvi (, AH-sif MAHND-vee), is a British-American actor and comedian. He began appearing as an occasional contributing correspondent on The Daily Show on August 9, 2006. On March 12, 2007, he was promoted to a regular correspondent. He is the lead actor, co-writer and producer of the web series Halal in the Family, which premiered on Funny or Die in 2015, and an actor, writer and co-producer of the HBO comedy series The Brink. Mandvi is also the author of the book No Land's Man. more…

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