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THE INDIAN DETECTIVE
December 19, 2017  | By David Bianculli

Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET

 

MINISERIES PREMIERE: Netflix is carpet-bombing so many new series, miniseries and movies onto its platform these days that it’s easy to let some of them slip away. But some of this year’s very best series have come from Netflix, including Godless and Mindhunter – and today, a four-part miniseries premieres that may never even pop up as a promoted new arrival, forcing you to search for it. But seek and ye shall find a very entertaining series, in the same delightful fish-out-of-water vein as Paul Haggis’ sparkling Due South. In that vintage CBS series, Paul Gross, later of Slings & Arrows, played a Royal Canadian Mountie who crossed the border and teamed with a Chicago detective to solve cases. In The Indian Detective, whose co-creators are Smita Bhide and X-Files writer-producer Frank Spotnitz, Russell Peters plays Doug D’Mello, a Canadian constable with what feels like an American attitude, and sounds like an American accent. On leave from his job, he visits his father in Mombai, and gets involved in a local murder, the mob, the police, and other memorable events and characters – including a shady real-estate magnate played by William Shatner. Peters is standup-comic funny as he reacts with the people and customs of India, and his co-star, Mishqah Parthiephal, is also very amusing – and very beautiful. In India, for the record, her credits list her as being a star of, no kidding, something called Keeping Up with the Kandasamys.

 
 
 
 
 
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