THE BENGALI DETECTIVE (2011)
a Native Voice Films production
in association with
Babelgum and Break Thru Films
Dir: Phil Cox
Prod: Giovanna Stopponi, Phil Cox, Annie Sundberg
Poisonings, adultery, bridal purity, fraud and the occasional murder - such is the daily work of intrepid Kolkata slum detective Rajesh Ji.
This feature documentary follows Rajesh and his motley team of specialists as they go on raids and investigations from Kolkata to London, entering the hidden lives of clients from across the caste system who come to them as a last resort.
Rajesh too has a secret life – when not pursuing cases, he trains his ‘boys’ (who are hopeless dancers) to enter a nationally televised dance contest the dream of winning greater glory for themselves and his work.
A unique mashup of Bollywood dreams and riveting tales of crime and detective work, the film is an entertaining and unforgettable look at modern India.
Currently shooting in Kolkata, India.