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Release Date:
2 March 1990 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Naseeruddin Shah ... Inspector Ghote

Stellan Skarsgård ... Axel Svensson
Amjad Khan ... Lala Heera Lal

Madhur Jaffrey ... Mrs. Lal

Annu Kapoor ... Tiny Man
Archana Puran Singh ... Miss Twinkle
Dalip Tahil ... Dilip Lal
Dinshaw Daji ... Mr. Perfect
Johnny Walker ... Jain
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

Vinod Nagpal ... Minister

Sakina Jaffrey ... Neena Lal (introducing)
Nayeem Hafizka ... Prem Lal (introducing)
Baba Majgoakar ... Jeweler
Viju Khote ... Head Constable
Wahid Chowhan ... Producer
Imaaduddin Shah ... Ved Ghote
Gopi Krishna ... Dance Master
Ashley D'Silva ... Photographer
Pearl Padamsee ... Nurse
Lilliput ... Black Shirt
P.M. Maniar ... Drunken Guest
Aida Noorani ... Student
Bomi Kapadia ... Sgt. Moos

Directed by
Zafar Hai 
Writing credits
H.R.F. Keating (screenplay) and
Zafar Hai (screenplay)

H.R.F. Keating (novel)

Produced by
Wahid Chowhan .... producer
Godrej .... associate producer
Ismail Merchant .... executive producer
Deepak Nayar .... associate producer
Donald Rosenfeld .... co-producer
Jitesh Vora .... associate producer
Original Music by
Richard Robbins 
Cinematography by
Walter Lassally 
Film Editing by
Charles Rees 
Casting by
Jennifer Jaffrey 
Production Design by
Sartaj Noorani 
Kiran Patki 
Art Direction by
Ram Yedekar 
Set Decoration by
Agnes Fernandes 
Costume Design by
Sally Turner 
Makeup Department
Mariam Samuel .... hair stylist (as Marium Samuel)
Mustaque Sheikh .... makeup artist (as Mushtaq Sheikh)
Production Management
Waman Y. Mohile .... production manager (as Waman Mohile)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nayeem Hafizka .... third assistant director
Ajit Mann .... third assistant director
Mark Potter .... assistant director
Fahad Samar .... third assistant director
Shahjahan .... second assistant director (as Shahjehan)
Art Department
Tom Freeman .... property master
Agnes Goveas .... set dresser
Sound Department
Prashant Gupta .... dubbing assistant: Bombay
Richard King .... dubbing mixer
Andrew Morris .... boom operator (as Andy Morris)
Anna Shepherd .... sound editor
Mike Shoring .... sound
Jon Silverside .... sound editor
Akbar Bakshi .... stunt coordinator
Shyam Kaushal .... stunt coordinator (as Kaushal)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mulchand Dedhia .... gaffer
Tony Garrett .... assistant camera
Rajesh Joshi .... second unit camera
Jahangir Khan .... still photographer
Natarajan .... clapper loader
Gyanchand Rikki .... chief grip
Sooni Taraporevala .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vasant Chayan .... wardrobe assistant (as Vasant Chavan)
Editorial Department
Munna Rizvi .... assistant editor
Music Department
Keith Grant .... music mixer
Zakir Hussain .... musician: tabla
Sultan Khan .... musician: sarangi
Harry Rabinowitz .... conductor
Robert Stewart .... music associate
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title designer
Joyce Barneto .... production secretary (as Joyce Barnetto)
Rakesh Mehra .... production assistant
Rambali Mishra .... production assistant
Tabrez Noorani .... production assistant
Bunny Reuben .... director of publicity
Shahnaz Vahanvaty .... production coordinator (as Shanaz Vahanvaty)
Sabra Van Dolsen .... script supervisor
James O'Donnell .... forensic officer (uncredited)

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UK:93 min
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Did You Know?

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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Get a good whodunit with a lot of laughs, 18 February 2005
Author: Jimmy Biggar ( from Raytown, MO, USA

Expect a good mystery. The film explores the full spectrum of Bombay culture and scenic background. The locations and sets are delightful. The characters are well developed. The author of the book gets screen writing credit. Those who are introduced to Inspector Ghote by viewing this film, will probably become interested in checking out the full series of books. There is almost a laugh or chuckle a minute, i.e. chase sequences, pratfalls and sight gags. Cameo appearances by "animals" are a plus. This film belongs in the same category as the "Pink Panther" movies. There is a short run TV series starring Sammy Davis Jr. as "Inspector Ghote". Please email me if you have more info on that to share.

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