The Bengali Detective

The secrets of Kolkata are revealed by overweight, dance obsessed and intrepid detective Rajesh Ji. Mixing dance and hit songs with the harsh lives of clients, this original feature documentary provides an unprecedented look at modern India through the prism of crime.

In January 2010, the fictional remake rights of THE BENGALI DETECTIVE were acquired by Fox Searchlight, with Stephen Frears (THE QUEEN) attached to direct. D.V. DeVincentis (HIGH FIDELITY) will be writing the English-language adaptation and Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free banner will produce.

Directed by

Phil Cox

Produced by

Giovanna Stopponi
Himesh Kar
Annie Sundberg

Executive Producers

Angus Aynsley
Karol Martesko-Fenster
Gernot Schaffler  & Thomas Brunner

Co-Executive Producer

Stephen Leslie

Associate Producer

Sounak Chakravorty


Lisa Cazzato-Vieyra


Taimur Khan
Tom Hemmings


Dennis Wheatley

Sundance Film Festival Official Selection
January 2011
Berlin Film Festival Official Selection, Panorama
February 2011
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival April 2011
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles April 2011
Los Angeles Asian Film Festival April 2011
Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival April 2011
Independent Film Festival Boston April 2011
HotDocs May 2011
New York Indian Film Festival May 2011
Seattle International Film Festival May 2011
Vladivostok Film Festival, Russia September 2011
Helsinki IFF, Love and Anarchy, Finland September 2011
Cambridge Film Festival September 2011
Antenna Int’l Documentary Film Festival, Sydney Australia October 2011
Oslo Films from the South, Norway October 2011
Sitges Film Festival, Spain October 2011
Warsaw Film Festival, Poland October 2011
Rio Film Festival, Brazil October 2011
CPH: Dox, Denmark November 2011

Sales: eOne International

Denmark: DR2

Holland: VPRO

USA: HBO (TV rights USA)

UK: Channel 4 (TV rights UK)