The Indian Detective

The Indian Detective is a Canadian comedy-drama series, debuting on CTV and Netflix in 2017. The show stars Russell Peters as Doug D’Mello, a police officer from Toronto who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation while visiting his father (Anupam Kher) in Mumbai while serving a one month suspension for incompetence. The mini-series also stars Christina Cole as D’Mello’s partner  Robyn “Bob” Gerner, Mishqah Parthiephal as Indian lawyer Priya Sehgal, Hamza Haq as twins Gopal & Amal Chandekar, Meren Reddy as Inspector Abhishek Devo and William Shatner as David Marlowe. It’s the feel good comforting, light-hearted police/crime / investigation with lots of humour and silliness involved.

Doug is a constable 1st class who with his partner Robyn, want to become detectives. After a suspension following a highly public failed drug bust and an urgent phone call from his father‘s hometown of Mumbai, constable Doug flies to India to visit his ailing father Stanley. Doug, who is suspended for a month, decides to stay in Mumbai, even as his dad seems to be ok. He meets the pretty lawyer, Priya Sehgal, who lives in the same building and gets caught up in a case that connects Mumbai & Toronto. Priya was led to believe that A swami is killed by poisoning and the local chaiwala confesses, even though Priya knows he is covering for someone else.

Even though their initial investigation brings forth the real murderer who is the wife of a wealthy business and disciple of the swami and who was giving away his wealth, a crimelord who has the local deputy commissioner in his pocket and is doing business with a well established Canadian developer named Marlowe (Shatner) is behind the forceful removal of the people living in a large slum to make way for a large building. The crimelord, Gopal, is financing the money using his twin brother Amal who lives in Toronto and part of a drug smuggling into the US. This same drug smuggling group is the one which Doug had tried to bust and failed, making his final victory all the more sweet.

In the end, his father’s health improves and although there are a few deaths, including a goon of Gopal who turned to help the good guys, Doug is vindicated and catches the bad guys and also wins the heart of Priya. The 4th episode ends on a sort of cliff hanger, when Marlowe informs a Nigerian drug lord that Doug was to blame for the latter’s loss of cocaine that got busted on the Canadian border. It’s a 7.5 outta 10 for me as it’s neither a comedy nor a full fledged detective/crime investigation show. But it has some good moments.

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