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Sherlock comes to Kolkata

Popular detective Sherlock Holmes has a new face many in Kolkata will now be able to identify with. British deputy high commissioner in Kolkata Simon Wilson is making his big screen debut as Holmes in veteran director Ashoke Viswanathan’s Hindi film The Diamond Murderers, reports Meghna Mukerjee.

kolkata Updated: Jan 20, 2009 01:09 IST
Meghna Mukerjee

Popular detective Sherlock Holmes has a new face many in Kolkata will now be able to identify with. British deputy high commissioner in Kolkata Simon Wilson is making his big screen debut as Holmes in veteran director Ashoke Viswanathan’s Hindi film The Diamond Murderers.

How did the filmmaker zoom in on the British diplomat to play the part? “The film is a take-off on an Arthur Conan Doyle story. It serves as the basis of a thriller that branches out. I realised Simon would fit the role of Sherlock Holmes perfectly because he’s someone who can bring out the literary history of Conan Doyle. So I roped him in for this cameo,” the filmmaker said.

It wasn’t easy roping in the envoy — who could not be contacted by HT despite several attempts. “Though he was happy to do the research work (on 19th century England), he was wary of acting. He has never performed before, so he was apprehensive. But he finally agreed,” explained the director, who is currently shooting in Guwahati.

Wilson’s cameo is crucial to the film. “The film’s protagonist is an Indian detective, Prashant Saigal (Rajit Kapoor). This detective meets Sherlock Holmes and together they contribute to taking the story forward,” explained Viswanathan.

The shoot for Wilson’s part that was filmed in the Northeast is over. “We were shooting in an area that is difficult. We couldn’t even take along red category security because that would attract unnecessary attention. But Simon was extremely cooperative and performed very well,” he said.