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The Bengali Detective (2011)

 |  Documentary  |  January 2011 (USA)
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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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A feature-length adaptation of the 2011 documentary about a private investigator in Kolkata, India.

Director: Mira Nair


The secrets of Kolkata revealed by overweight dance obsessed intrepid detective Rajesh Ji. Mixing dance and hit songs with the harsh lives of clients, this originally styled feature documentary provides an entertaining yet poignant look at modern India through the prism of crime. What happens when a population loses trust in the authorities? A new phenomena is happening in India today, the rise of the private detective. Poisonings, adultery, fraud, domestic abuse and the occasional murder. Such are the day-to-day investigations of the Bengali Detective. Each client walks through the door carrying a secret fear and all need help. This film follows the intrepid detective and his motley band of helpers exposing the secrets, fears and covert actions of the clients. Written by Anonymous

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For real
3 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

I have to admit I wasn't sure if this was real or not. But the filmmakers made it clear after the screening (in Berlin), that this was indeed very real. Which makes it even crazier, reading about a "remake" that is in the works (not due until 2014 according to IMDb). You kinda wonder what they want to achieve with that? It can't be a real documentary they remake then, can it?

Back to this one, a movie that has it all. Comedy and tragedy. Life as it could be. And a real charming "detective" as the lead "character". He's surrounded by people who support him in every sense of that word. While the ending might not satisfy people (again in more than one sense), it does portray life, so it is unpredictable ... isn't it? (unless it is the remake of course)

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