‘Chef re­make is dif­fer­ent from the Hol­ly­wood film’

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The Hol­ly­wood film, Chef (2014), made a place in ev­ery­one’s hearts, with its slice-of-life story about a pro­fes­sional chef who gets fired from his job and then starts a food truck. As the film’s Bol­ly­wood adap­ta­tion is around the cor­ner, Padmapriya, who stars along­side Saif Ali Khan, says that the film won’t be like the Hol­ly­wood one, ow­ing to the cul­tural con­text.

“Ob­vi­ously the plot is sim­i­lar, but apart from that, ev­ery­thing else will be dif­fer­ent. The food, the set­ting, ev­ery­thing is very dif­fer­ent from the Hol­ly­wood one, be­cause there are cul­tural dif­fer­ences be­tween the coun­tries,” she says. “I mean my char­ac­ter in this film is not like [ac­tor] Sofia Ver­gara’s, as women in Amer­ica are dif­fer­ent, and here they are shaped by dif­fer­ent sen­si­bil­i­ties. Also, in con­trast to the Hol­ly­wood film, this one dwells deeper on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Saif ’s and my char­ac­ter,” she adds.

The 35-year-old ac­tor saw the Hol­ly­wood ver­sion, star­ring Sofia Ver­gara and Jon Favreau, in New York when she was pur­su­ing Mas­ters in Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion there. “I had seen it, when I wasn’t in­volved in the Hindi adap­ta­tion of it. As I was stay­ing in New York, I could con­nect to it more, be­cause of the food. I re­ally liked it back then, and thought it was a re­ally beau­ti­ful film,” she says.

Padmapriya adds that the Hol­ly­wood film has uni­ver­sal ap­peal. “Not only be­cause of food, but there’s also the fact about how a per­son goes through crap in his life, and comes out of it in the end. It’s also about the fam­ily, so it’s pretty uni­ver­sal in that sense, and that’s why I think it will work here,” says Padmapriya.


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