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The Perfect Murder (1988)

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Police Inspector Ghote lives a middle-class life in Bombay along with his wife, Pratima. He has been employed with the Bombay Police for many years. His wife is generally disgruntled and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Axel Svensson
Amjad Khan ...
Lala Heera Lal
Mrs. Lal
Tiny Man
Archana Puran Singh ...
Miss Twinkle
Dalip Tahil ...
Dilip Lal
Dinshaw Daji ...
Mr. Perfect
Johnny Walker ...
Mohan Agashe ...
A.C.P. Samant
Rajesh Vivek ...
Zero Police
Ratna Pathak ...
Pratima Ghote (as Ratna Pathak Shah)
Salim Ghouse ...
Caste-Marks Goonda
Sameer Kakkad ...
Felix Sousa


Police Inspector Ghote lives a middle-class life in Bombay along with his wife, Pratima. He has been employed with the Bombay Police for many years. His wife is generally disgruntled and wants a better life. He is assigned to investigate the deadly assault on a Parsi man named Perfect, who is the Secretary of Lala Heera Lal, a wealthy man with underworld links. Inspector Ghote commences his investigation and is displeased when his superiors ask him to work with a Swedish Forensic Expert by the name of Axel Svennson. Axel is thrilled to get a closer look at the working of the Bombay Police, but also realizes that Ghote may not be one of their best police officers. When their friendship develops, he gets invited to Ghote's house, and gets to meet Pratima. Their investigation, though Prima Facie simple enough, takes them through turns and twists that both had not expected - including corridors of power and corruption - and finally to the conclusion and the unmasking of the culprit(s) ... Written by rAjOo (

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Writer H. R. F. Keating makes a cameo appearance around eight minutes into the movie. After Inspector Ghote attacks Inspector Svensson thinking he is a diamond smuggler. When the real diamond smuggler realizes that his courier tiny man (Annu Kapoor) has fled, he decides to take a flight out of India and goes to ticketing counter to inquire for the next flight. H. R. F. Keating appears as passenger on the ticket counter in scene. See more »

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14 November 1998 | by (New Delhi, India) – See all my reviews

Zafar Hai (& not Zafir, as has been printed) is an adman with HTA, the Indian subsidiary of JWT. I read the original novel by H R F Keating after I saw the movie, but I had read enough Ghotes to know the general ambience of his existence. Hai recreates Bombay very well, especially the climactic monsoon. The 'story' is irritatingly simple - the secretary called Perfect gets bumped in the head, so what happened? There is a whole galaxy of great Indian actors, led by Nasiruddin Shah as Ghote & Amjad Khan (one of India's best heavies) as the don - looking as big as Brando, tho' I guess that was a coincidence! I remember watching it in a theatre in Calcutta in my first year in college, & it was good fun. But then I always liked Ghote & detective stories, so. Other's beware.

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