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Saturday, November 12 • 8:30pm - 10:00pm
The Bengali Detective

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2011 · 90 min · India, United Kingdom
Filmmaker, Producer, Editor, and Rajesh Ji in Person

In India, 70 percent of murders go unsolved. With the police force overwhelmed and corruption pervasive, victims look to common citizens turned private detectives as their last hope for resolution. Based in Kolkata, Rajesh Ji of the Always Detective Agency comes face to face almost daily with the lowest forms of human depravity, as family members are suspected of murdering their own and bodies are dumped on train tracks to be forgotten. Rajesh, however, remains unflappable, bolstered by the singular joy of Bollywood dancing. Hoping for the chance to become a star, he enlists the other investigators in his firm to enter a television competition. Engrossed in his improbable dream, Ji transcends the despair that pulsates through his life, demonstrating popular culture’s power to light up even the darkest corners of the human experience.

Co-presented by HBO Documentary Films


Saturday November 12, 2011 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Kaufmann Theater American Museum of Natural History

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