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Director: David Kaplan
Producer: Lillian LaSalle, Nimitt Mankad
Screenwriter: Jonathan Bines, Aasif Mandvi
Camera: David Tumblety
Editor: Chris Houghton Rich Fox
Music: Stephane Wrembel
Cast: Aasif Mandvi, Naseeruddin Shah, Madhur Jaffrey, Jess Weixler, Ajay Naidu, Harish Patel, Dean Winters and Kevin Corrigan
Length: 90 mins
Inspired by Aasif Mandvi's Obie Award winning play Sakina's Restaurant, "Today's Special" is a heartwarming food comedy set in New York City. Samir is a Sous Chef who dreams of being Head Chef of his boss's hot new restaurant. After being passed over for the promotion, he abruptly quits and hatches plans to go to France and study under a legendary Chef. But when his estranged father, Hakim has a heart attack, Samir's life takes a detour back to his parents home in Jackson Heights, Queens, where he takes over the failing family business: Tandoori Palace. With one foot out the door, Samir must come to terms with the loss of his older brother a few years back, and the sadness that engulfs his parents. Luckily, his paths cross with Akbar: a taxi driver, former chef in Mumbai, and irrepreseable raconteur who lives in the moment, breaks conventions, and inspires Samir to embrace life, save Tandoori Palace, and his family along the way.

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