Mira Nair to direct adaptation of Bengali Detective


Mira Nair (Andrew H Walker/Getty Images)

The critically acclaimed director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Vanity Fair) is on board to direct crime-comedy drama Bengali Detective.

The original WorldView-funded documentary by Phil Cox screened at Sundance 2011, where Fox Searchlight acquired the rights to remake the doc into a fully fledged feature. Over the past two years the documentary has screened at  festivals around the world and received numerous awards.

Dubbed an ‘absolute delight’ by Screen International, a ‘must-watch’ by Hollywood Reporter and ‘one of the most wonderful moving films of 2011’ by SBS Australia, Bengali Detective tells the true story of chubby dance-obsessed private detective Rajesh Ji, and his motley band of helpers, who tackle poisonings, adultery cases and the occasional murder on the frenzied streets of Kolkata.

Fox Searchlight has been involved in other major successes from India such as Slumdog Millionaire and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.