LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Reliance MediaWorks has acquired North American rights to the culinary comedy “Today’s Special,” starring Aasif Mandvi (“The Last Airbender”) and featuring Indian actress and cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey.
The English-language film is based on Mandvi’s play “Sakina’s Restaurant.” He plays a sous chef who dreams of opening an upscale Manhattan eatery but is forced to take over his family’s tandoori restaurant in the Little India neighborhood of Jackson Heights in Queens.
David Kaplan directed. The film also stars Indian film icon Naseeruddin Shah, Jess Weixler, Kevin Corrigan and Dean Winters. Reliance, which has been making inroads into the U.S. market with such Hindi-language films as “Raavan” and “3 Idiots,” will release “Today’s Special” nationwide October 8. The movie premiered last fall at the London Film Festival.