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23 Ratings

The Bengali Detective

Directed by Philip Cox
United Kingdom, United States, 2011
Documentary, Crime


Chubby, dance-obsessed private-detective Rajesh Ji and his motley band of helpers tackle poisonings, adultery and the occasional murder on the frenzied streets of Kolkata.

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The Bengali Detective Directed by Philip Cox

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  • Matthew_Lucas's rating of the film The Bengali Detective

    An strange but utterly enthralling documentary about a group of private detectives in India who, on top of trying to solve a gruesome triple homicide, are also involved in tracking down counterfeit products on behalf of corporations, and spend their free time as an amateur dance troupe. Wonderfully idiosyncratic and entertaining, the film is set to be turned into a narrative film by director Stephen Frears.

  • eric gould's rating of the film The Bengali Detective

    Kolkata simmers with 15 million people and thousands of unsolved crimes. In this sprawling city, Rajesh Ji's Always Detective Agency is called upon to smash commercial counterfeit rings, expose adulterous affairs and solve murders. Screened at Seattle's SIFF 2011, it's part biopic profiling Rajesh and his professional and family life, and part Bollywood exposing his passion to dance in competition with his team.

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