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Chicken Tikka Masala (2005)

Jimi is surprised when his family announces an arranged wedding to Simran, especially as he is gay and has a boyfriend, Jack. The easy way out? No - he decides to arrange something a little unorthodox instead.


Rony Ghosh (story), Roopesh Parekh (script and screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Bisson ... Jimi
Saeed Jaffrey ... Chandra P Chopra
Sally Bankes ... Vanessa
Peter Ash Peter Ash ... Jack
Zohra Sehgal ... Grandmother
Jamila Massey ... Asha Chopra
Katy Clayton Katy Clayton ... Hannah
Sushil Chudasama Sushil Chudasama ... Ravi
Louisa Eyo Louisa Eyo ... Marlene
Jinder Mahal ... Simran (as Manjinder Mahal)
Shobu Kapoor ... Minaxi Patel
Harish Patel ... Harishbhai Patel
Dalu Solanki Dalu Solanki ... Priest
Rony Ghosh Rony Ghosh ... Mr. Shah
Vijayanti Uma Chauhan Vijayanti Uma Chauhan ... Auntie


Jimi, a doctor in Lancashire and the only son of loving Indian immigrants, is spineless. When his parents and grandmother arrange his marriage to a young woman from their home village, he hasn't the courage to tell them that he's already in love, with Jack, a man they think is his best friend. To queer the wedding, Jack's niece Hannah tells the bride-to-be that she's Jimi's daughter. Jimi's family swallows hard and decides to make the best of it by marrying Jimi to Hannah's mother, the blowzy, hard-drinking, foul-mouthed Vanessa. Jimi begs Vanessa to go through with it, so he can be with Jack. Is another resolution possible? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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UK | India


English | Hindi

Release Date:

22 April 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

PrzepisNAmilosc See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »


Box Office


£1,200,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


First feature film for Peter Ash, who portrays Jack. See more »


Jack: Three beers and a double-whiskey and we still don't know what to do. Why can't life be simple?
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Crazy Credits

"Special thanks... to all the souls, families and friends who put up with us for six weeks in Preston and elsewhere in the UK" See more »


References Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

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It is not as bad as people say. In fact, it is good!
8 June 2006 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about a young Indian guy who comes home one day and finds himself getting engaged to a woman. The problem is that he is gay. In order to stop the wedding without telling his parents that he is gay, one lie leads to another until it spirals out of control.

This film is hilarious and got me laughing many times. Sally Bankes' acting is superb and she plays this strong woman who does what she wants convincingly. The plot is outstanding as well. I find the plot very realistic, and I can completely identify with Jimi's feeling of being terrified, worried and upset. On the other hand, Jimi's boyfriend, Jack, is given much less attention in the film. I would have liked him to be given more lines in the film, and have more character development. However, as I guess the director wants to make this a more mainstream film, the love between Jimi and Jack was not developed in the film.

It is great to watch a gay affirmative film. Furthermore, this film preaches us to be accepting to other people's difference, be it sexuality, culture and the way of life. This film makes viewers think hard.

We need films like this to give us a boost. Thanks for making this film!

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