Chameli Ki Shaadi

Chameli Ki Shaadi, India, 21 February 1986

Charandas is a fledgling wrestler who lives with Bhajandas. According to Bhajandas, Charandas should marry and start a family of his own. But Charan is hell bent on becoming a wrestler & is even ready to remain a bachelor until 40 as per the norms of Mastram. However, one day, Charan's thoughts are challenged when he sees Chameli on Kallumal's coal depot. He realizes that to marry her, he may have to leave Mastram's Akhara.

Charan does so & seeks help of Adv.Harish, a close friend of his brother. Harish appreciates Charan's love & is ready to help latter. Charan dares to confess his love to Chameli. On other hand, Anita (Roopini), Chameli's best friend is also convinced of Chameli's true love. The lover duo start meeting secretly. One day, however, the love affair stands exposed when a relative of Chameli spots the duo in a restaurant.

The respective families soon take up cudgels against their wards & make it clear that they won't allow inter caste marriage. Chameli is kept under house arrest & her parents decide to get her married to one of their acquaintances. Charan comes to know of this development. Mastram is surprisingly supportive of Charan's love. He explains that just as bachelorhood is a challenge for would be wrestlers, a lover should not back out from the challenge posed by the world.

Mastram along with Charan's friends back the lovers to overcome the obstacles. Here, Champa calls in the help of her rogue brother Chhadam Lal aka Chhadmi (Annu Kapoor) against Charan. With help of Harish & all his friends, Charan chalks out a plan to rescue Chameli from her house. As per the plan, Charan abducts Chameli from her own house, while Harish sees to it that the duo legally get married. Charan & Chameli are initially frightened, but Harish convinces them by telling them that as long as people do not dare to marry outside the caste like them, Indians will never be truly united.

Meanwhile, on learning that Chameli is missing, her parents lodge a complaint against Charan. They proceed to the place where Charan & Chameli are going to get married. Meanwhile, Bhajandas also comes with his men to disrupt the marriage. Both the parties have arrived late, as Charandas & Chameli are legally husband & wife now. They vent their ire on Harish, who according to them is responsible for corrupting the duo. Harish takes Bhajandas sidewise & explains that if the marriage is permitted by him, he will garner votes of both the castes in the election. Besides, he will get coal & cement at subsidized rate from Kallumal.

Convinced by the argument of Harish, Bhajandas relents in the control of greed. Similarly, Harish tells Kallumal that an influential Bhajandas is sure to win the elections. If Kallumal accepts the marriage, he will get special perks for his coal business thanks to Bhajandas. Kallumal too goes greedy & relents. In the end, Chameli & Charandas are united with the blessing from both the parties.


  • Genre: Action
  • Director: Basu Chatterjee


Chameli Ki Shaadi is a 1986 Bollywood comedy film directed by Basu Chatterjee starring Anil Kapoor and Amrita Singh. Though it was fairly average at box-office due to low cost, critically it was acclaimed.