Madhur Jaffrey, the chef famous for her cookbooks, a television cooking show and a short stint in Bollywood, is now a rap star! The 85-year-old badass nani has her own YouTube music video to prove that age is just a number. Based in New York, the Indian writer and actor raps along the lyrics of the track 'Nani' by Mr Cardamom. It includes a line that says, 'I'm the number one Nani, don't fuck with me.' The video has got me hoping and wishing I look as carefree and confident as she does when I'm a grandmother!
Trained from London's Royal Academy for Dramatic Arts, Madhur is no stranger to the camera. She made it big in Indian cinema with her 1965 movie, Shakespeare Wallah opposite Shashi Kapoor. In the 1980s, Madhur was often seen on TV, presenting cooking shows including the famous, Madhur Jaffrey's Flavours Of India. In 1958, Madhur relocated to New York with her then-husband and legendary actor, Saeed Jaffrey (of Chashme Buddoor and Aunty No 1 fame). The legacy has since continued. One of their daughters, Sakina Jaffrey, decided to follow the footsteps of her parents and can be seen playing the part of Linda Vasquez in the hit English TV show, House Of Cards. The entire family is so talented!
The song is produced and rapped by Mr Cardamom aka Zohran Mamdani, who says it is a homage to his own grandmother.
P.S. Zohran is filmmaker Mira Nair's (of The Namesake and Monsoon Wedding fame) son! In an interview with a leading international newspaper, Zohran said that Madhur refused to accept any payment for shooting the video and only asked to take the yellow beret home. How adorable!
We can't wait to see more of this amazing Nani!
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