Delhi Crime, the Netflix Original loosely depicting the Nirbhaya case won the prestigious Emmy Award for Best Drama Series. This is a booster shot for Netflix and the Indian web series genre. Delhi Crime had won five nominations at the Emmys.
With this win, Indian docu-drama has finally arrived With streaming, this is no longer a ‘foreign series’ win. Critics have applauded the entire series. They particularly praised Shefali Shah, who plays the tough-as-nails chief who books the culprits.
Delhi Crime stars Shefali Shah, Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain, Rajesh Tailang, Vinod Sherawat in the main roles. It also stars Denzil Smith, Gopal Dutt, Yashaswini Dayama, and Jaya Bhattacharya.
Shefali Shah won accolades for her role as the Police Chief in Delhi Crime
Delhi Crime was an eye-opener in terms of the cast as well. Gopal Dutt, popular for his roles in comedy skits and series played a police officer with elan. Shefali Shah was popular for her homely roles before this as well.
Director Richie Mehta dedicated the award to women who endure sexual violence and have the task of tackling it. He took a moment to remember Nirbhaya and her mother. He said that not a day goes without him thinking about what they have gone through.
Shefali Shah won accolades for her role in Delhi Crime
The Nirbhaya murder case was a hot-button topic that woke up an entire nation to the sexual harassment and abuse that women face even in the cities of the country. Interestingly, the series ran its entire course without an iota of controversy. The Nirbhaya case was one of the most controversial. The series was an eye-opener for people who didn’t know the ins and outs of the series.
With this, Netflix has another feather in its cap, especially when it comes to Indian content. Netflix has been riding on the wave of Indian cinema for a few years. Their top of the crop series is right now the Sacred Games franchise, which is an adaptation of the Indian novel of the same name.
Netflix is also investing heavily in India, with another Netflix series, the White Tiger, starring Priyanka Chopra will hit the streaming platform soon. Priyanka Chopra also stars in a Netflix movie, We Can Be Heroes, where she plays the antagonist to a couple of kids who have superpowers.
Currently, there are at least three India based pieces that are running on Netflix, including A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Chandra.
Netflix did create a whole new industry for content creators who did not get the perfect platform for controversial subjects. But with the Government of India now bringing even digital entertainment under a censor board, it remains to be seen how Netflix and other big hitters like Amazon Prime will react.