THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Starring Russell Peters, Premieres 12/19 on Netflix Worldwide
Following today's announcement by Netflix, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, a four-part comedy-drama series starring international comedy sensation Russell Peters, award-winning actor Anupam Kher (The Big Sick, Silver Linings Playbook), the iconic William Shatner (Star Trek), Christina Cole (Suits, Casino Royale), Hamza Haq (mother!, Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2), Akshay Kumar (Star Wars Ep VIII, The Halcyon), Meren Reddy(Madiba, Homeland) and Mishqah Parthiephal (Keeping Up with the Kandasamys, Snake Park), will premiere on December 19, 2017 on Netflix worldwide, following an initial run on CTV Canada in November.THE INDIAN DETECTIVE is executive produced by Golden Globe®-winning and Emmy®-nominated Frank Spotnitz (The Man in the High Castle, The X-Files) of Big Light Productions, Lance Samuels and Daniel Iron (Madiba, The Book of Negroes) of Blue Ice Pictures, and Mark Burton of Wonder Worldwide. THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, a fish-out-of-water story with equal doses of comedy and high-stakes drama, follows Toronto cop Doug D'Mello (Russell Peters) as he becomes embroiled in a murder case while visiting his father, Stanley (Anupam Kher) a retired airline pilot in India. The investigation leads Doug to uncover a dangerous conspiracy involving David Marlowe (William Shatner), a billionaire property developer, while dealing with his own ambivalence towards a country where despite his heritage, he is an outsider. THE INDIAN DETECTIVE also stars Christina Cole as Constable Robyn Gerner, Doug's partner; Mishqah Parthiephal as Priya Sehgal, a dedicated lawyer born into an upper-middle class family in Mumbai, Meren Reddy as Inspector Abishek Devo, a brutal, but principled Indian cop, and Hamza Haq (who recently appeared on The Hollywood Reporter's "Canada's Rising Stars: 15 Breakouts Making an Impact in Hollywood" list) in a dual role as Mumbai drug lord Gopal Chandekar and his twin brother Amal Chandekar. Akshay Kumar plays the role of Aarav Pitale, nephew of the nefarious Gopal Chandekar. In the premiere episode of THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, when a suspected heroin shipment Doug and Robyn were investigating turns out to be children's bikes, Doug's dream of becoming a detective fades into oblivion. Coerced into going to Mumbai to visit his father Stanley, Doug meets Stanley's neighbour, legal-aid lawyer, Priya. Together, they fight to uncover the truth behind the murder of a swami, and while finding his stride in Mumbai, Doug realizes his failed case back home might have roots in his homeland. THE INDIAN DETECTIVE is a co-production between Big Light Productions, Blue Ice Pictures, the IDC, Wonder Worldwide and Bell Media. The series was created, executive produced, and written for Russell Peters by Frank Spotnitz and Smita Bhide (Hunted, Transporter: The Series). The series is directed by BAFTA award-winner Sandy Johnson (Benidorm, Jonathan Creek) and produced by Trevor Hopkins (Fortitude, Cuffs). It is executive produced by Blue Ice Pictures' Daniel Iron and Lance Samuels(Madiba, The Book of Negroes), Wonder Worldwide's Mark Burton(Water, Tallulah), Russell Peters (Hip-Hop Evolution), CPI Pictures' Clayton Peters (Breakaway, Russell Peters Versus the World), and Seven Summits' Paul Canterna. Co-executive producer is Sharon Remmer (The Man in the High Castle, Medici: Masters of Florence). The project is financed by Blue Ice Pictures and the Industrial Development Corporation of South AFRICA (IDC).