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Ball & Chain (2004)

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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 »


Shiraz Jafri


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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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what nonsense!!
30 March 2006 | by ankitkaramchandaniSee all my reviews

the movie is a foolish compilation of absurd events leading to nonsensical ending.It starts with a fashion show,but the lead actor turns out to be a computer professional.From the very moment it starts it makes no sense,whatsoever.The hero's closest friend is married to a female with dental casts,who looks like she could could scare a lot of kids even in wide daylight.Mythological serials??Who likes those ramanuj sagar sagas anyways,such stereotyping is sick man.Its shitty from the starting,and foolish by the time it reaches its end.the movie is so irritating that it makes me want to pull all my hair out.I mean I reached a point when I felt,okk it couldn't get any worse ,but man the director proved me wrong hands down,just keeps getting worse and worse and still worse.The only thing good about th movie was miss Lisa ray's cleavage,ohhhhhhhhhhhhh man that lady would drive the living daylights out of me,I generally don't watch a movie just for a pretty lady,hence even for all her aphrodite's beauty,the movie is a big time looser.Sheer nonsense.nothing less nothing more.

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