Saturday evening, Wynwood’s indie cinema is going Indian with the screening of The Bengali Detective, a Bollywood documentary whose pudgy lead is a hard-nosed criminal detective by day and a dance obsessive by night. A collaboration with Sachin and Bhavin Dhupelia, whose family-owned boutique, Rupees Sarees, has been based in the Wynwood Fashion District since 1994, Bollywood in Wynwood will combine Indian film, food, music, dancing, and art, and also feature a photo-video installation called “Portrait of Guwahati” by Miami filmmaker Jonathan David Kane.
O Cinema director Kareem Tabsch says he first fell in love with The Bengali Detective at the Sundance Film Festival. Since then, the Philip Cox film has been scooped up by HBO for cable and by Fox Searchlight for remake rights, which means there will be a Hollywood version in the near future. (In case you’re keeping track, that’s Hollywood to Bollywood back to Hollywood. O, globalization!)
Here is Tabsch’s description of the film:
The Bengali Detective is about Rajeesh, a nondescript, stocky family man living in Calcutta. When not doting on his only son or caring for his sick wife, he runs a private detective agency, picking up the slack and cases that the ineffective police in Kolkatta (formerly known as Calcutta, of Mother Theresa and the lepers fame) can’t resolve. The slew of crimes vary from counterfeit hair care products, a wife who suspects her husband of cheating, and a mother who wants to find the who and why of her son’s death.
With an ailing wife and a stressful workload, Rajeesh needs to find a way to cope with daily life. So, naturally, he convinces his fellow detectives to form a troupe and try out for India’s version of “So You Think You Can Dance”. Try to imagine a group of working-class, heterosexual men from the plains of Oklahoma wearing sequined tank-tops and dancing like extras in a Miley Cyrus video. The Bengali Detective is pretty much the Indian equivalent. You will love it.
We are giving away two tickets to Bollywood in Wynwood on Saturday night. To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post. We will choose a winner at random and make the announcement tomorrow afternoon on the Beached Miami Facebook page. Good luck, and may your belly be filled with samosa by Saturday’s end.