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The Perfect Murder (1988)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Thriller, Action | 2 March 1990 (USA)
Police Inspector Ghote lives a middle-class life in Bombay along with his wife, Pratima. He has been employed with the Bombay Police for many years. His wife is generally disgruntled and ... See full summary »

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H.R.F. Keating (screenplay), Zafar Hai (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Naseeruddin Shah ... Inspector Ghote
Stellan Skarsgård ... Axel Svensson
Amjad Khan ... Lala Heera Lal
Madhur Jaffrey ... Mrs. Lal
Annu Kapoor ... Tiny Man
Archana Puran Singh ... Miss Twinkle
Dalip Tahil ... Dilip Lal
Dinshaw Daji Dinshaw Daji ... Mr. Perfect
Johnny Walker ... Jain
Mohan Agashe ... A.C.P. Samant
Rajesh Vivek ... Zero Police
Ratna Pathak Shah ... Pratima Ghote
Salim Ghouse ... Caste-Marks Goonda
Sameer Kakkad Sameer Kakkad ... Felix Sousa
Vinod Nagpal ... Minister
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Police Inspector Ghote lives a middle-class life in Bombay along with his wife, Pratima. He has been employed with the Bombay Police for many years. His wife is generally disgruntled and wants a better life. He is assigned to investigate the deadly assault on a Parsi man named Perfect, who is the Secretary of Lala Heera Lal, a wealthy man with underworld links. Inspector Ghote commences his investigation and is displeased when his superiors ask him to work with a Swedish Forensic Expert by the name of Axel Svennson. Axel is thrilled to get a closer look at the working of the Bombay Police, but also realizes that Ghote may not be one of their best police officers. When their friendship develops, he gets invited to Ghote's house, and gets to meet Pratima. Their investigation, though Prima Facie simple enough, takes them through turns and twists that both had not expected - including corridors of power and corruption - and finally to the conclusion and the unmasking of the culprit(s) ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Karan Kapoor was the first choice to play Stellan Skarsgard's role. But the director decided against it because he thought Karan was a bad actor. See more »

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fun look at Bombay
12 September 2018 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Somewhere along the line, I lost the plot of this film, but that's okay -this Merchant-Ivory production has great Bombay locations and a good sense of Indian culture. And it's pretty funny.

Police Inspector Ghote (Naseeruddin Shah) is an officer with the Bombay Police. His wife wants a color tv. Ghote is assigned to investigate the assault of a man named Mr. Perfect, who works as a Secretary for the filthy rich Lala Heera Lal who may be connected to the underworld.

Ghote's boss asks him to work with a Swedish forensic expert, Axel Svennson (Stellan Skarsgard). Ghote isn't happy, but a friendship develops.

This is very different from other Merchant-Ivory films - it's a comedy, for one. A lot of the humor comes from the characters, who become involved in different bizarre situations.

The biggest shock was seeing Stellan Skarsgard as a young man WOW! Well, age gets us all.


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Language:

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Release Date:

2 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det perfekta mordet See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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