Fox Searchlight has picked up the worldwide remake rights to Philip Cox’s “The Bengali Detective,” produced by Giovanna Stopponi, Annie Sundberg and Himesh Kar. The deal was brokered on Fox Searchlight’s side by Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O’Brien with Andrew Hurwitz of Schreck Rose Dapello Adams & Hurwitz, LLP on behalf of Native Voice Films. Creative Executive Richard Gold will oversee development for Fox Searchlight Pictures.
The film delves into Calcutta’s criminal underworld which is explored by intrepid private eye Rajesh Ji. Following both his investigations and Rajesh’s pursuit of his dream to dance on Indian TV, “The Bengali Detective” provides a look at modern India through the eyes of one of its most unlikely heroes.
Said president of production Claudia Lewis “We adored this film and are delighted to have the chance to work with such entertaining, funny material. We were charmed by this story of a dedicated husband and self-made detective who dreams big,” said Lewis.