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 beauty products to a multiple murder. Ji also has ambitions to make it in show business, and we watch as he and his assistants work on their dance moves for an appearance on a televised talent competition; in addition, the film offers a look into his home life, as he looks after his wife who has serious health problems. The Bengali Detective was an official selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival; it enjoyed the rare distinction among documentaries of having its American remake rights purchased by a major movie studio.
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Critic Reviews for The Bengali Detective

All Critics (3)

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Full Review… | February 7, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 6, 2011

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.

Full Review… | October 11, 2011

Considering the plights and perils of Ji, it may seem somewhat surprising how unsympathetic he remains

Full Review… | April 20, 2011
UR Chicago Magazine

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Full Review… | February 9, 2011
Screen International

Audience Reviews for The Bengali Detective

What a great movie to show the many faces of Kalkuta. From the crime ridden streets in need of a true hero, to the fanciful dance shows that fill the dreams of many Indians, there is only one man that can guide us though both with honesty and sincerity. This movie was fascinating and heart wrenching and it is all because of Rajesh Ji, the Bengali Detective. Loved it. 2011 Movies: 8

Ross Loehner
Ross Loehner

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