The Bengali Detective

Heartbreak, homicide and dance. All true.

Directed by Phil Cox

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

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.


“I remember the world premiere of The Bengali Detective at Sundance to a full house and amazing reviews… a high point for any filmmaker. Quite simply we would not have got to Sundance or reached the audiences we did without WorldView. Not only a unique grant that allowed the film to quickly move forward but also structured support across the production hat allowed us to broaden the horizons for our film, make deals and reach new audiences. Long live WorldView!”  Phil Cox


“One of the most wonderful, moving films of 2011”  **** SBS Australia

“Creative, powerful and wonderfully entertaining”  **** Boston International Film Festival

“Funny, insightful and poignant- everything a good documentary should be”  **** Film News and Analysis from Berlin

“An absolute delight”  **** Screen Daily

“The Bengali Detective is the story of a private detective who chases criminals… and when he has the time, he pursues stardom. This portrait of a working cop with dreams is an absolute delight” Screen International

“It’s no small thing that The Bengali Detective has more to say about true love than most romantic films ever will achieve. This is a must watch” Hollywood Reporter

“There’s never been a film quite like Bengali Detective. It has the jack-of-all-eclecticism of a big budget Bollywood musical—part detective story, part underdog yarn, part ensemble city tale—except for one unlikely detail: it’s all real” Sundance Film Festival


Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2011
Official Selection Berlinale Film Festival 2011

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