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6 Indian Detectives We Have Been In Awe Of

6 Indian Detectives We Have Been In Awe Of

There is a thrill in the life of a detective. Dangerous it is, no doubt, but with an advantage of experiencing and delving into something totally cracking, makes it worth all the trouble.

Books, TVs, Movies, there are many media where we have come across the exciting encounters of these investigators, and have bitten our nails in the anxiety of whodunit while exercising our brain cells with them.

The west is flooded with detectives, amateurs and experts alike, and we have seen the finesse in Sherlock Holmes. Fret not, we in India are not too far behind, and some of our own enquêteurs who can run around the busy streets, uncovering the dirty ugly truths.

Love it or hate it, but you sure would love to watch these at least once. Take a look.

Sam D’Silva & Gopi, Tehkikaat

A thriller that came in the 90’s, this one had us all tuning to DD just to follow the exciting ventures of Sam and Gopi. “Hum Yahan Tehkikaat Karne Aye Hain.” Remember?

Byomkesh Bakshi

The Baap of all Indian detectives, he is master detective created by the Bong genius of literature, Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. This satyanweshi, or the seeker of truth is famous for being our own desi Sherlock Holmes, and rightfully so.

The character had been immortalized by Rajit Kapoor in Hindi, and by Sujoy Ghosh, Abir Chatterjee, and Uttam Kumar in Bengali. Actor Sushant Singh Rajput portrayed the part brilliantly in the first installment of recent movie series based on the character.


One of the first detectives shows in the 80’s, Pankaj Kapoor in the title role of the detective had us in splits with his funny acts. And yes, his assistant Kitty had us all rolling our eyes too. The series was revived on Sony, but the enthusiasm for our favorite detective was a little thanda this time.

K.D.Pathak, Adaalat

Though Pathak was actually a defence lawyer who won all the cases, even those that seemed impossible, this series was a welcome change in the genre of thriller and suspense, after a long time.

Pathak’s way of deducing and detecting was too good, and his assistant Shraman and Varun were funny and able.

Inspector Bharat, Suraag – The Clue

Aired in the late nineties, this one was quite a popular show too. Inspector Bharat and his assistant Inspector Nitin were a daunting team that literally hunted down the culprits.

Special Mention: ACP Pradyuman, Inspector Daya, Inspector Abhijeet

You talk of favorite detectives of India and you just can’t rule out this tea, of three. Agreed that now C.I.D. has become a rebuttal of jokes and memes, but there was a time in the 90’s, when watching it was actually cool, and we actively solved mysteries with these three geniuses.

So, these are our chosen Indian detectives, who we have loved and revered over the years. Did we miss someone? Do tell us in the comments.

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