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DVD - 2011
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Samir is a traditionally trained chef who works as the sous chef in an exclusive restaurant in Manhattan, but when he learns he's been turned down for an expected promotion, he leaves in a huff and isn't asked to return. Samir considers heading for Europe to attend a culinary academy, but his plans quickly change when he learns that his father has suffered a severe heart attack and someone needs to look after the family business, a dingy Indian restaurant in Queens that's fallen on hard times.
Publisher: [United States] : New Video Group, 2011
ISBN: 9781422927021
Branch Call Number: DVD F TOD


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Jun 02, 2018

Not as good as it should have been, and sub titles would have been helpful got some of the characters with strong accents. It turned as predicted. Ok

Feb 13, 2018

We chucked "Wonder Woman" after @27:39 minutes and threw this in. Am I glad. We use to call these "little movies;" that is, not huge budget, young and strong (If unknown) actors and a personal/human story. Francois Truffaut, Fellini, John Casavettes, Scorcese, Tarantino and many more directors began directing movies that reflected societies/moralities/ethics around the story only. This is one of those movies. They make one think. They make one emotive. Fine way to spend some time and might make one hungry for Hindi cuisine.

Jan 08, 2016

Unnecessary bad language, mostly in the beginning ("f" word). Really good movie; back cover explains storyline. Good acting too. I will watch it again and try to mute the bad words.

Apr 24, 2015

With Aasif Mandvi (hilarious correspondent on the Daily Show) as the protagonist/writer, I was expecting to laugh more. However, Aasif does some fine dramatic acting. Although the writing does not throw you any "curveballs", it does however, hit its notes quite nicely.

Feb 15, 2015

A friendly movie about what matters in life, with two drawbacks. Samir, the main character, doesn't seem very likable. The plot is cliched, right up to the end where Samir has a few hours to serve dozens of customers with high expectations, and miraculously, he is able to cook "from the heart" rather than from a recipe. He doesn't seem to work hard enough for the climax to be connected to a transformation in his character.

Dec 21, 2014


LocketLibrarian Apr 25, 2014

This was funny, sweet and highly relatable. I loved this movie. Aasif was perfect, and any movie with any Dean Winters is good to me!

Mar 30, 2014

Delightful movie about food and family, starring The Daily Show's Aasif Mandiv as a classically trained chef who is forced to work in his father's greasy spoon Indian restaurant when the cook quits and his father has a heart attack.

Feb 05, 2014

Really enjoyed this one! Was not expecting too much, but turned out to be quite a nice surprise.

Jun 10, 2013

I have checked out this movie time and time again.

It is well acted, the actors are so superb and how they deliver the characters which makes it funny and heartfelt. It is a great date movie

A good time to watch is when life throws you a curve ball or you miss your family, or when you think you know for sure what you want out of life.

It always makes me want Indian food.

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