The Indian adaptation of Jon Favreau’s high-profile Hollywood hit, ‘Chef’, with the same name, will now release on October 6th, 2017. The film, produced by Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series and Abundantia Entertainment, led by Vikram Malhotra, has Saif Ali Khan in the lead role and is helmed by ‘Airlift’ director, Raja Krishna Menon. The film also stars South actor, Padmapriya and child actor, Svar Kamble.
‘Chef’, is a 2014 breakthrough hit film that was written, produced and directed by Jon Favreau (also the director of the global blockbuster ‘Jungle Book’). The original ‘Chef’ had a famous supporting cast with the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson and Dustin Hoffman amongst others and is the story of professional Chef, Carl Casper, (played by Favreau himself). Carl, quits his job at a popular Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity to its controlling owner. As he tries to figure out his next move, he finds himself in his hometown, Miami, where he teams up with his ex-wife, friend and son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen and his zest for life and love. What follows is an endearing journey of relationships, self-discovery and success.
Speaking on the new release date, Vikram Malhotra, Founder & CEO of Abundantia Entertainment, said:
“Chef is the true new age feel-good, family film. We wanted the film to release in a period where families can step out to enjoy this film with each other.”
Talking about jointly producing ‘Chef’, Bhushan Kumar, Managing Director (T-Series) said:
“We’ve had a successful collaboration with Raja and Vikram on Airlift and we’re proud to now share this heartwarming film with the audience.”
Director Raja Krishna Menon, reiterates his sentiment:
“It’s been an amazing journey adapting Chef. We’ve had great fun making the film. It’s truly a fun family journey and therefore we want to release the film at a time when the entire family can go out and watch it. To that end I think we’ve found the right release window.”
Thrilled about being a part of the project, Saif Ali Khan, adds:
“I’m truly excited about Chef, I’ve enjoyed every moment shooting for it. Raja has adapted the story beautifully for the Indian palate, underlining a relationship between a father and son. A film with such a universal appeal deserves the right release date. We, as a team, are doing our best.”
The Hindi adaptation of the film has been made keeping the Indian palate in mind and revolves around a father-son relationship. The Hindi adaption too has a food truck that will travel across three Indian foodie cities. Saif Ali Khan has undergone intensive training to essay the role of a chef.