Saturday, November 13, 2010

Aasif Mandvi in "Todays Special"

Dunno 'bout you, but I'm very much looking forward to the upcoming release of Today's Special, a romantic comedy written by and starring Aasif Mandvi. You might recognise the likeable Mandvi from his spots on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as well as his recent turn in The Last Airbender. He plays Samir, a sous chef at an upscale restaurant who finds himself taking over his parents' ailing Indian eatery.
The voiceover in this trailer is so cheesy that it almost turned me off the film, but all the reviews I have read so far have been extremely positive.

I like the look of the cast; apart from Mandvi, veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah is a legend of Indian cinema (you may recall him from the excellent Monsoon Wedding). Samir's mother is played by Madhur Jaffrey, who is surely perfect for the role; as well as being an award-winning actress, she is a cookbook author of great renown. The star seems to be the food though, and I love a good food movie.

And in the current political climate, rife with generalisations about Islam (all Muslims = terrorists), it's nice to see a film about Americans Muslims in which they seem to be portrayed as people who just happen to be Muslim.

1 comment:

  1. This movie looks hilarious! I'm definitely going to check it out. Aasif Mandvi is great on the Daily Show, but I've never seen him in a leading role before so this'll be interesting as well to see how he handles it. But in general rom-coms are my not-so-guilty pleasure. Thanks for the recommendation!