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Chameli (2003)

Not Rated | | Drama | 31 December 2003 (India)
On a rainy night, when an investment banker's car breaks down in the red light district, he takes shelter where he meets and later befriends a prostitute.

Director:

Sudhir Mishra

Writers:

Anant Balani (original concept), Shivkumar Subramaniam (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kareena Kapoor ... Chameli
Rahul Bose ... Aman
Rinke Khanna ... Neha
Yashpal Sharma ... K.P. Singh
Makrand Deshpande ... Taxi driver
Kabir Sadanand Kabir Sadanand ... Haseena
Pankaj Jha Pankaj Jha ... Usman
Satyajit Sharma Satyajit Sharma ... Police Inspector
Panne Chatterjee Panne Chatterjee ... Call Girl (as Panni Chatterjee)
Tarun Shukla Tarun Shukla ... Corporator's man
Aniket Vishwasrao ... Raja
Deepak Qazir ... Raja's father
Master Vinni Pachori Master Vinni Pachori ... Johnny (as Vinni Pachauri)
Dinkar Gavande Dinkar Gavande ... Usman's man (as Dinkar Gawande)
Ghanshyam Garg Ghanshyam Garg ... Usman's man
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Lamington Road on Bombay's Western Railway is the nearest railway station that takes one to Kamathipura, notorious for it's red-light, in particular, and a crime-prone area in general. It is in this area, on a stormy rainy day, that wealthy Aman Kapoor's car breaks down. His efforts to call for help via his cell phone are in vain, and he takes shelter in a nearby building. This is where he comes in contact with a prostitute named Chameli - and this is where his nightmare involving pimps, eunuchs, prostitutes, and corrupt police officers - will begin - and will seem to have no ending whatsoever. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Two strangers. One stormy night.

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Drama

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Kareena Kapoor began smoking cigarettes regularly on the sets of the film due to her character smoking in the film. This eventually developed into a habit as she became addicted and would smoke daily over the next couple of years. She eventually quit for a while. But after that in around 2012-13 she signed on for a film called Heroine, in which her character also smoked frequently. This led her to pick smoking up again and it became habitual once more, as she now smokes cigarettes regularly again. See more »

Goofs

When Chameli lights up the cigarette in the 1st scene she is using a AIM brand match box of yellow color, but in the next scene when brings up the cigarette with match box it turns to SHIP brand of match box of red color. See more »

Crazy Credits

End credits are mixed with outtakes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Talaash (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Jaane
Written by Irshad Kamil
Composed by Sandesh Shandilya
Performed by Sunidhi Chauhan and Udit Narayan
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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The two faces of chivalry
17 October 2007 | by HeadleyLamarrSee all my reviews

Aman (Rahul Bose) an investment banker has lost his wife and is emotionally adrift. One very rainy night his car breaks down and he gets stranded in the Mumbai Red light district with no working cell phone. He runs into a structure for shelter and there encounters Chameli (Kareena Kapoor), the loud (looks and talk), smoking and smoky voiced street walker. Chameli offers herself to him (he does not want it), tells him three variations of her life story (all made up), as pimps, goons, street children, corrupt cops, transvestites walk in and out of the scene. Then things start to turn ugly and Aman gets embroiled in the mess of Chameli's life out of chivalry for one he sees as a helpless woman. But who is helpless and who is chivalrous is not immediately clear as Chameli shows many unusual facets to her personality. In the end she is able to break down Aman's self created barriers in his own personal life so he can cauterize his past wounds and move on.

The movie is brilliantly acted by Kareena Kapoor - those who doubt her acting ability need to see this one. She is equally good as the kind hearted woman, the childlike playful one, the seductress. And she is stunning in looks. Rahul Bose is very good as Aman, he is by turns sad, full of disgust, then wonder, then amazement at Chameli. There is not much else to the cast of characters, but the minor players all perform up to expectations. The music is quite well integrated (except for the opening song) and beautiful. The cinematography is brilliant and the direction by Sudhir Mishra very good.

This is an unusual and fine film, a little idealistic, but in the end you leave feeling the uplifting moments and not the sordid ones.


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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

31 December 2003 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Jasmine See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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INR50,000,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

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2.35 : 1
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