The Bengali Detective (2010)
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A private eye sets out to do the work the police will not in this entertaining documentary from director Phil Cox. In India, an overworked and often corrupt law enforcement system has left many citizens frustrated, and a growing number of private investigators have set up shop to help people deal with crimes the police can't or won't solve. Rajesh Ji is one such detective, and in The Bengali Detective Cox follows him and his team as he handles cases ranging from a bootlegger dealing counterfeit
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Don't be fooled by the sequin wearing, gun-posing promotional clips - this film is serious, and sad.
Rajesh Ji is something of a perfect film subject, charming and earnest, inviting director Phil Cox and crew along during his investigations as well as into his home.
Two years in the making, the story of the Kolkata private eye with an intolerance for crime, a love of dance, and an unfailing devotion to his gravely-ill wife, makes for one of the most wonderful, moving films of 2011.
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