Director: Philip Cox | US, UK, India 2011 | 96 min
There is already a Hollywood remake of "The Bengali Detective" in the making. But Phil Cox's moving, exciting and highly entertaining hit documentary surpasses any fictional film. The slightly overweight private detective Rajesh has more in common with Inspector Clouseau than with Dirty Harry, but he works highly purposefully with the tasks that he has been given. Rajesh started 15 years ago as a detective in the Indian megacity Calcutta with two mobile phones and a motorbike, and he today owns a small investigative agency where Indians from all social strata, who have lost their faith in the country's ineffective and corrupt police force, turn to in desperate need for help. From counterfeit goods to unfaithfulness in a middle class marriage and a horrible murder of three young men. But behind the hard facade is a proud and loving father and husband - and a dream of becoming a Bollywood dancer! So Rajesh and his co-workers sign up to India's answer to "Strictly Come Dancing". Phil Cox takes us to Calcutta's chaotic streets and alleys with magnificent images of bustling life, where sad and dramatic stories meet moments of brightness and captivating slapstick dance routines.
The Bengali Detective (US, UK, India, 2011, 96 min.)
Director: Philip Cox. Producer: Giovanna Stopponi, Annie Sundberg, Himesh Kar. Production: Native Voice Films Ltd.
Dialogue: with English Subtitles.