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The Perfect Murder (1988)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Thriller, Action | 2 March 1990 (USA)
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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Axel Svensson
Amjad Khan ...
Lala Heera Lal
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Mrs. Lal
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Tiny Man
Archana Puran Singh ...
Miss Twinkle
Dalip Tahil ...
Dilip Lal
Dinshaw Daji ...
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Mohan Agashe ...
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Rajesh Vivek ...
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Salim Ghouse ...
Caste-Marks Goonda
Sameer Kakkad ...
Felix Sousa
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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 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 (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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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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One of the few films that captures Bombay in it's true form!
6 April 2005 | by (St. Louis, USA) – See all my reviews

The film, out on DVD now, does have it's moments but what surprises me is that Stellan Skarsgard actually appears awkward thru most of the movie. Now there are moments when Naseer and Stellan actually seem to bring the lackluster script to life but for the most part the film just prods on, rather unsteadily, despite the presence of some fine Indian actors.

However, as one of the earlier reviews point out, the movie does bring about the look and feel of a city like Bombay and all it's paradoxes. It's touching to see remnants of a culture perched against a back drop of the South Bombay skyline that's amongst the most expensive piece of real estate in the world. WHile a film like this would not help western audiences, looking for an insight into Indian culture and rituals, it does provide entertainment in the form of mannerisms, superstitions, culture specific behavior (like Ghote's middle-class Maharashtrian background, the Goan wedding event taking place in some suburb in Bombay) that are so uniquely Bombay - a place with such an amazing identity and diversity that it leaves a permanent impression on you!


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