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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 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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Two strangers. One stormy night.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

INR 50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

INR 32,877,358 (India), 9 January 2004, Limited Release
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Antara Mali was signed for the lead but dropped at the last minute. 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

Bheegi Hui Koi
Written by Irshad Kamil
Composed by Sandesh Shandilya
Performed by Sunidhi Chauhan and Javed Ali
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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Different, interesting experience
30 January 2004 | by AishFanSee all my reviews

This movie is definitely a breakthrough in Bollywood cinema in terms of the story and the approach to telling it. The entire movie takes place in just one night. It is interesting to see how a family values, extremely wealthy man spends a night with a prostitute. Beginning with his prejudice, he slowly grows to accept, protect, and, one can even say, love her. It took an entire movie summed up in an extremely brief "climax" to perfectly convince and portray the theme that 'It doesn't matter what the backgrounds, gender, etc. are; there should just be love.'


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