Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi Takes Jackson Heights to Hollywood

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Before becoming a Daily Show correspondent, Aasif Mandvi starred in a play, Sakina’s Restaurant, that was set in a Jackson Heights restaurant (if you read his New York Diet, you already knew that). Now he’s co-written a film, Today’s Special, in which he stars as a young chef in a “hip, hot Manhattan restaurant” (per India West) who gets fed up with “the whims of his PR-savvy boss” and ends up taking over his father’s place in Jackson Heights: “Along the way, he falls for a gorgeous sous-chef despite his mother’s wish for an arranged marriage.” Something akin to Superior Donuts? Today’s Special premieres at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival on March 11 at the Castro Theater.

Aasif Mandvi’s Comic Talents Shine in ‘Today’s Special’ [India West]