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Ball & Chain (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 14 May 2004 (USA)
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Saima is a second-generation East Indian-American, living in Austin, Texas, along with her dad, mom, and brother, Dev. Her dad considers her an old maid and wants her to get married to ... See full summary »


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Thomas Mortimer (screenplay)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sunil Malhotra ... Ameet
Lisa Ray ... Saima
Purva Bedi ... Ruby
Kal Penn ... Bobby
Asrani ... Saima's dad
Ismail Bashey ... Ashol
Johnny Kastl ... Monty
Ather Ali ... Dev
Brea Angelo Brea Angelo ... Angela (as Brea Cola)
Subash Kundanmal Subash Kundanmal ... Ameet's Dad
Noor Shic Noor Shic ... Ameet's mom
Ulka Amin Ulka Amin ... Saima's mom
Shaan Puri Shaan Puri ... Deepy
Susan Aguirre Susan Aguirre ... Fashion Show Organizer
Tiffany Lynn Drucker Tiffany Lynn Drucker ... Fashion Show Announcer (as Tiffany Drucker)


Saima is a second-generation East Indian-American, living in Austin, Texas, along with her dad, mom, and brother, Dev. Her dad considers her an old maid and wants her to get married to Ameet much to her displeasure as she dislikes him. Her dad wants their marriage to be telecast via Internet so that their extended family in India can e-participate in the ceremony. After her not-so-good-looking friend, Ruby, gets married, albeit dramatically to Bobby, Ameet's friend, Her dad pressurizes her and even manages to convince her, she appears to change her mind but secretly meets with Ameet and together they create a series of misunderstandings with Ameet revealing his secret desire of becoming a male stripper during their formal engagement. They do succeed in getting their wedding canceled, but then Saima is faced with another challenge when her dad wants her to get married to Ashol, a Computer Programmer, who she also dislikes. The question does remain will Saima be compelled to go through ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Can't arrange the love? Arrange the wedding!


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

14 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arrangement See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »


Box Office


$3,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$120,735, 12 May 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,257,087, 31 July 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,159,921, 19 May 2006
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Victory Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Good for what it is
22 July 2006 | by Der_SchnibblerSee all my reviews

Fans of Bollywood: do not come to this movie expecting the lavish sets, dazzling choreography, or even catchy tunes to which you are accustomed. There is no singing in this film, and the dancing which takes place in the beginning, well... let's say you'll be glad when it's over.

The film follows the typical Bollywood-type love story, except it is set in the States. The actors are decent, engaging in a fair amount of slapstick in the beginning which is nicely carried out so as not to drag the film into too much silliness.

If you don't have very high expectations and are willing to relax and laugh at a few silly gags for an hour and a half, this film will not disappoint. It is fun, cute, and all the other things movies of its kind are supposed to be, even if not the best of the lot.

Those who'd throw a fit over this film being bad obviously had no idea what such a production is supposed to be about. If you are one of them, approach with caution: this is a super-corny romantic comedy.

As far as those who were left dumbfounded by the plot... perhaps the simple chain of events made too many demands on them. Ignore.

Have fun watching!

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