The Bengali Detective
This highly unusual and thoroughly engaging documentary presents a complex character in an even more complicated situation. Rajesh Ji is a private investigator, an unlikely hero who seeks justice for his clients when the Kolkata police can’t or won’t. When not fighting crime, he’s caring for his ailing wife and pursuing his dream of being a famous dancer. Ji and his crime-fighting team will track anyone from an abusive spouse to an industrial counterfeiter, through affluent suburbs and teeming slums alike. Then they don spandex and sequins to prepare for a big talent show. It’s an enviable work-life balance that just might tip when Ji takes on solving a brutal triple murder. Director Philip Cox has crafted a genre-challenging showcase for Ji’s multi-faceted story, a tender romantic tragedy, and an objective police procedural with just a hint of Bollywood. - Merrie Whitmore
Co-Presented with Co-presented with MyBindi.com.
- Toronto Star review (recommended)