Onir, in his book, says that filmmaker Rangita Nandy had offered him to direct the film after the demise of filmmaker Anant Balani. Ananth partially shot the film before his death and Onir agreed to continue with the remaining work. He wrote in his book, “I agreed half-heartedly and was relieved when things didn’t work out, probably because Kareena (Kapoor) was not keen on working with the new director.”
Later the film was directed by Sudhir Mishra. ‘Chameli’ also starred Rahul Bose and Rinke Khanna in lead roles and garnered positive reviews from audiences and critics alike.
Onir, on the other hand, made his directorial debut with ‘My Brother Nikhil’, which starred Sanjay Suri, Juhi Chawla and Purab Kohli.
Next, Onir is coming up with a film titled ‘Pine Cone’ where he reportedly casts Delhi-based actor Vidur Sethi, who identifies as queer. The film reportedly follows the hero’s journey over the course of a decade of his life.