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Here's the trailer for "Today's Special," a new film from Aasif Mandvi. See below for information about our webcast with him.
SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, and SAMMA, South Asians in Media, Marketing and Entertainment Association, present the latest in their series of high-profile webcasts - via BlogTalkRadio.com - with some of the leading South Asian names in global media, arts, entertainment, politics and much more...
Meet Aasif Mandvi, one of the most recognizable South Asian names working in American entertainment today. He's a star on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and a film and stage actor. He'll discuss his new movie, "Today's Special."
From the production notes: This super-feel-good foodie comedy, young Manhattan chef Samir rediscovers his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food. Samir (Aasif Mandvi) is a sous chef who dreams of becoming the head chef at an upscale Manhattan restaurant. When he is passed over for a promotion, he impulsively quits and intends to go to Paris and apprentice under a master French chef. His dreams must be put aside after his father has a heart attack and Samir is forced to take over Tandoori Palace, the nearly bankrupt family restaurant in Jackson Heights. Starring and written by Aasif Mandvi. The film also stars Madhur Jaffrey, Harish Patel, Naseeruddin Shah, Jess Weixler, Kevin Corrigan, and Dean Winters.
More on the film at http://todaysspecial.com.
Born in India, Aasif Mandvi grew up in the North of England before his family immigrated to the US in the early eighties. Aasif has been working professionally on stage in film and television since 1989. Most recently, he is a correspondent on the Daily Show with John Stewart, the hit Comedy
Central show. Aasif Mandvi is the recipient of the highly coveted OBIE award for his critically acclaimed one-man show, Sakina’s Restaurant. This one-man show played rave reviews and extended runs in New York, Los Angeles, London and Toronto. Some of his other New York stage credits include the 2002 Broadway revival of OKLAHOMA!, Guantanamo; Honor Bound to Defend
Freedom, Homebody/Kabul,( by Tony Kushner)
Suburbia (by Eric Bogosian) and Trudy Blue (by Marsha Norman). Some of his Film and Television credits include; The Proposal, Ghost Town, Music and Lyrics, Spider-Man 2, The Siege, Analyze This, The Mystic Masseur, ABCD, American Chai, Sex and the City, Sleeper Cell, The Sopranos, Jericho, Oz, CSI, Law and Order, E.R., and The Last Airbender.
He'll be interviewed by entertainment writer (and SAJA board member) Aseem Chhabra. Join us!
Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010
Noon-1 pm NY time
see local time around the world: http://timeanddate.com/s/1w5g
VIA COMPUTER: Listen live or later to a recording:
(you can set yourself an e-mail reminder there)
PREVIOUS SAJA-SAMMA WEBCASTS:
- Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, Bollywood stars
- Shabana Azmi, legendary actress
- Danny Boyle, director of "Slumdog Millionaire"
- A.R. Rahman, music maestro
- Sunil Gulati, president of U.S. soccer and the most influential South Asian in U.S. sports
- Jay Sean, first South Asian male singer to hit #1 on US Billboard chart
- Vijay Iyer, jazz musician who had the most-acclaimed jazz album of 2009
- Post-Oscar webcast about "Slumdog Millionaire"
- Ashok Amritraj, Hollywood producer
- Richard Pena, program director, Film Society of Lincoln Center
- Ram Gopal Varma, Bollywood director ("Rangeela," "Company," "Satya")
- Manu Narayan, actor, writer discusses his work
- PANEL: MIAAC Film Festival and the state of South Asian diaspora film
- PANEL: South Asians & Hollywood, on the eve of the 2008 Oscars
FULL COLLECTION OF SAJA WEBCASTS - 75+ - at http://blogtalkradio.com/saja
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