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Ball & Chain (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 14 May 2004 (USA)
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When Ameet and Saima's Indian-American families arrange for their marriage, they manage to stop it, only to realize they actually have fallen in love. By then however Saima's parents have promised her hand to sleazy playboy Ashol.

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Shiraz Jafri

Writer:

Thomas Mortimer (screenplay)
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Cast

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 ... 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)
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Storyline

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!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arrangement See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)
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Victory Productions See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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References Matar o morir (1984) See more »

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first 15 minutes hilarious, after that.. its all downhill ...
23 July 2006 | by NSMC 123See all my reviews

Kal Penn is hilarious, the first 15 minutes they show his little predicament and his acting and comedic presence is awesome, but after that the story is about Sunil Malhotra, hes that lacky from 'American desi' and his acting is horrible, the storyline is also very formula and unexciting, lisa rey is hot, but her beauty is ruined by the cliché lines she has to say ... its all very predictable, i can say as an ABCD ... but kal penn ... his 15 minutes.. great ... cant wait for 'Namesake' ... a good lisa rey movie would be 'Bollywood Hollywood' thats isn't formula, thats a good indo-American movie about the pressures of arranged marriage... rent that...


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