If you’re reading this site, you probably know Aasif Mandvi as the dapper, faux earnest, wholly hilarious field correspondent for The Daily Show. But, it turns out, Mandvi has a lot more in his bag of tricks.
A classically trained actor — Shakespeare, Chekov, anyone? — Mandvi’s newest project, a movie called Today’s Special, which he co-wrote and stars in, has been chosen to screen March 11 as the opening night film at the International Asian American Film Festival in San Francisco. (Mandvi was born in India and raised in England until he was 16.)
The flick centers around Samir (Mandvi), a talented chef in one of Manhattan’s trendiest restaurant. It turns out he’s not hip enough for his boss, and in defiance quits. After his father has a heart attack, Samir is forced to head up his father’s not-so-glamorous curry joint. Samir relies on luck and the help of his sexy sous chef to turn his father’s restaurant into something special.
“I first took it on as just an acting gig, and even though I didn’t come from the world of political satire, I am so glad that I get to work with such smart, funny people every day. It’s worked out so well,” Mandvi told IndiaWest about his work on The Daily Show.
In July, you’ll be able to see Mandvi in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest effort The Last Airbender as well as opposite Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts and Lauren Graham in the movie It’s Kind of a Funny Story, set for release in November.