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The MIAAC Flim Festival Opening Night Event
- 11/12/2009             
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The Indo-American Arts Council Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit, secular service and resource arts organization charged with the mission of promoting and building the awareness, creation, production, exhibition, publication and performance of Indian and cross-cultural art forms in North America.

In their 2009 festival opening night, the Indo-American Arts Counsil premiered Today's Special directed by David Kaplan. 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 (Aasif Mandvi) 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.With Aasif Mandvi, Madhur Jaffrey, Jess Weixler, Ajay Naidu, Harish Patel, Ranjit Chowdhry, Ostaro, Kumar Pallana, producers Nimitt Mankad and Lillian LaSalle, and composer Siddartha Khosla in person.

The opening night Gala celebration event took place at Paris Theater in NYC.Well known Bollywood celebrities such as Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Manisha Koirala and Deepti Naval were attendees. The movie followed a Gala Benefit Dinner featuring Singer Sid Khosla and Live Auction. To check for showtimes of the Ninth Annual MIAAC Film festival, please visit Check Showtimes"

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