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Meet Madhur Jaffrey's Latest Avatar: Rap 'Nani'

Madhur Jaffrey, a prominent Indian actress – best known for her work in 'Shakespeare Wallah' (1965) and the recent NBC sitcom 'I Feel Bad' – is widely credited for pioneering interest globally in Indian cuisine.

New Delhi: Culinary ambassador and renowned actress Madhur Jaffrey is now also a ‘rap grandma’ after the 85-year-old appeared in a rap song, ‘Nani’ by Zohran Mamdani who calls himself Mr. Cardamom.

Madhur Jaffrey, a prominent Indian actress – best known for her work in  Shakespeare Wallah (1965) and the recent NBC sitcom I Feel Bad – is widely credited for pioneering interest globally in Indian cuisine.

In the video which was released online on Monday, Jaffrey’s character describes herself as “the number one Nani” and “85 years gold”.

Speaking to the New York Times, Jaffrey said, “It’s like playing Lady Macbeth,” Ms. Jaffrey said. “If you’re an actress, you have to play everything.”

The song was originally written to pay tribute to Zohran Mamdani’s 85-year-old grandmother, Praveen Nair, a former social worker and founder of the Salaam Baalak Trust, which helps underprivileged children living on the streets. The video shows ‘Nani’ running a crime syndicate and tutoring children.

Jaffrey, who was earlier married to actor Saeed Jaffrey, was among the first Indian actors to cross over into Western cinema and has dabbled in food critiquing and authored numerous cookbooks.