International Competition

Bengali Detective

Philip Cox
Screening time  
25.02. / Monday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 1  
28.02. / Thursday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 1  
02.03. / Saturday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 2  
The secrets of Kolkata are revealed by overweight dance obsessed intrepid detective Rajesh Ji.

In response to police corruption, the private detective business has become increasingly common in India. The Bengali Detective follows the life of detective Rajesh Ji, who, along with his ragtag team of assistants, investigates cases ranging from counterfeit hair products to a brutal triple murder. When Rajesh is not sleuthing, he has big dreams of competing on a televised national talent show, so he and his detective gang form a dance troupe—which must be seen to be believed—and rehearse for their big audition. Set in chaotic Calcutta, the film is shot with atmosphere and immediacy, complementing the mystery and suspense of the investigations.


Philip Cox

Phil Cox produced and directed his first films in Scotland, completing an honours degree in languages and literature at the University of Edinburgh. With a primary interest in documentary, he created Native Voice Films with his brother in 1998. For the last 12 years he has worked both as a director and producer of award winning broadcast and indie documentaries as well as a freelance cinematographer. He has been awarded the Rory Peck Award for his work in the Sudan civil war and has since been nominated for seven other international awards.

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Bengali Detective

Great Britain, USA, India
2011, 91', video

Directed by:
Philip Cox

Lisa Cazzato-Vieyra

Edited by:
Taimur Khan, Tom Hemmings

Dennis Wheatley

Giovanna Stopponi, Anne Sundberg, Himesh Kar

Produced by:
Native Voice Films

Festivals & Awards:

Grierson British Documentary Awards 2012 - Clockwork Capital Most Entertaining Documentary; Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2011; Sundance Film Festival 2011; Berlin International Film Festival 2011; Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2011; Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2011; Los Angeles Asian Film Festival 2011; Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival  2011; Independent Film Festival Boston 2011; New York Indian Film Festival 2011; Seattle International Film Festival 2011