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The Bengali Detective (2011)

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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.


Philip Cox
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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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10 November 2011 (Denmark) See more »

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Den dansande detektiven See more »

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The daredevil dancing detective will charm you
20 February 2011 | by Pratyush Das KanungoSee all my reviews

Philip Cox's Bengali (although actually Bihari) detective Rajesh Ji, based in Calcutta (Kolkata), represents a typical middle-class Indian man, who unlike others, earns his living by taking a path which is dangerous in a country where neither the lawbreakers nor the lawmakers show much respect for human lives. There Rajesh's Detectives are Always ready to risk their lives for their fellow citizens as they collectively solve cases ranging from shampoo counterfeiting to murder. However, although Rajesh can outline his sleuthing action plans with a Sherlock Holmes like precision, he can not cope with the situation at home with a terminally ill wife and a hyperactive son. This is why he and his detective team relieve themselves of the stress through Bollywood style dancing. At times, the film is more sensational than a conventional documentary. The awesome camera work makes a powerful impression of Calcutta, the most culturally diverse and economically contrasting metropolis of India. The film has a very high potential and was widely appreciated by the audience at Berlinale, 2011.

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