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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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The secrets of kolkata's 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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Perfect Blend of Comedy and Truth
19 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was shown as the opening Staff/Volunteer screening at Sundance last night. All I can say is wow. The director used mostly hand-held shots allowing the audience to take part in the private investigations first hand, and he did it quite effectively. The comedic element of the film was often sharply juxtaposed with the sad and stark realities of current issues in India. Indeed, this film will have you laughing hysterically only to bring you near tears in the next scene. You will fall in love with the lead character, understanding his need for escape through dance, as well as his way of dealing with the unfortunate hand he has been dealt. I think it will definitely be a highlight of the festival. Definitely recommend it.


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