Bose, Kareena Kapoor, Rinkie Khanna, Yashpal Sharma, Makrand Deshpande,
Kabir Sadanand with Mahek Chahal and Anupama Verma
Pritish Nandy Communications Ltd
Sudhir Misra Original Concept: Anant
Music: Sandesh Shandilya
ReViewed by Akshay Shah
Director late Anant Balanis last project finally comes to the fore. Sadly the director passed away a few days after announcing the movie, the film sees the light of day as Sudhir Misra brings Balanis dream to celluloid. Misra adds his own nuanced touch to the movie and CHAMELI springs a surprise as the first decent flick of 2004!
film revolves around Aman Kapoor (Rahul
consultant who has recently lost his wife Neha (Rinkie
Khanna) on a rainy
night due to an accident for which he blames himself.
driving around on one rainy night Amans car breaks down in front of
Mumbais Flora Mountain. He is left with no choice but to take shelter
at the fountain until he can find a mechanic to start his car.
the shelter he meets Chameli (Kareena
Kapoor). Chameli is
a hardened prostitute who works the streets at night.
Aman keeps away from Chameli at first....slowly and subtely the come
closer in the most unusual ways....
gets himself involved in the street life and gets himself entangled
into a sticky situation of sorts.....And to think it all started as a
Screenplay by Shiv Subhramanium and Sudhir Misra is well done for the most. The film moves at a slow pace, but never bores the audience as it slowly starts growing onto the audience as they feel themselves getting more into the story as it progresses. Although nothing much ever happens in terms of events it is the realtionship that develops between the two protagonists which proves to be the films badckbone.
the film isn't as hard hitting as say MANDI, BAZAAR, or CHANDNI BAR
there are certain scenes in the movie that are gut wrenching-mainly
the scene where Kareena tells about how she first got into this
to his last effort CALCUTTA MAIL which was letdown due to a hopscotch
screenplay-CHAMELI definetly ranks higher.
in the movie are great!
Rahul Bose as Aman plays his role to a hilt. The role isn't that much of a challenge for him considering his act in THAKSHAK and MR AND MRS IYER and he is a natural throughout.
supporting cast do their jobs accordingly and don't have much scope. Rinkie
Khanna has minimal scenes in a flashback role and leaves no impact.
Yashpal Sharma leaves a mark in his role and plays his part with
effortless ease. Makrand Deshpande is OK and has limited scope. Kabir
Sadanand is a natural in his part.
the film is good. Aseem Bajajs camerawork is great. Bajaj captures the
movie on cellulouid like a poetic painting with the rain playing a
symbolic part in the movie.
by Swanand are rude and crude-just how they should be in a film of
this nature. Those delivered by Kareena Kapoor are natural to the core
and has the required rawness.
Shandilyas tunes are goods, but one feels there is no room for songs
in this movie as they hinder the films consistent pacing.
All up CHAMELI may not be everyones cup of tea and its definetly not the usual romance tale...but for those who prefer a intelligent talky movie which is a commercial fare with a element of artiness to it..CHAMELI is definetly worth a dekkho!
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