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Chameli (2003)

Not Rated | | Drama | 9 January 2004 (USA)
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.


Sudhir Mishra


Anant Balani (original concept), Shivkumar Subramaniam (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
7 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




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 ... Haseena
Pankaj Jha Pankaj Jha ... Usman
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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The film was controversial due to it having many intense scenes, smoking, and alcohol. It was also controversial due to the heavy smoking by Rahul Bose and Kareena Kapoor in the film, as many critics felt it was promoting smoking. See more »


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 »


References Umrao Jaan (1981) See more »


Jaane Kyun Humko
Written by Irshad Kamil
Composed by Sandesh Shandilya
Performed by Sunidhi Chauhan
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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The magic of one rainy night
29 August 2009 | by Peter_YoungSee all my reviews

Chameli is a delightful experience. It's about two people - a recently widowed businessman and a carefree street prostitute who meet on one rainy night when she is stuck with no clients and he is stuck as his car refuses to move. He is heartbroken and sad and she is cynical and vulgar. Yet, their interaction unveils so many life experiences, secrets and truths that they learn to know each other much more than expected and gradually get exposed and opened to each other. Their relationship develops so beautifully that it's like a story during several days or months. This concept is exceptional. The film is interesting and flows very well despite a somewhat slow pacing. I found the film artfully intriguing and very well narrated. The film belongs to Kareena Kapoor, who finally gave her first noteworthy performance. She does look a bit caricaturish in some scenes, but overall she is very convincing, charming and touching as a prostitute who is more of a prankster who somehow enjoys life and does not take it too seriously. Rahul Bose turns in a very fine and believable portrayal. The music is beautiful, the cinematography is effective, and the film is generally realistic and very entertaining. People who like artistic films will certainly enjoy this one. It is an impressive and fairly awakening piece.

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Release Date:

9 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jasmine See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India


Box Office


INR50,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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