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Netflix Series ‘Delhi Crime’ About Nirbhaya Delhi Gang Rape Wins International Emmy for Best Drama

Netflix Series ‘Delhi Crime’ About Nirbhaya Delhi Gang Rape Wins International Emmy for Best Drama

  • The seven-part series won acclaim for its sensitive retelling of the 2012 gang rape that shocked the nation.

Netflix’s “Delhi Crime” has won best drama series at the 48th International Emmy Awards announced during a live ceremony hosted by actor Richard Kind in New York City. The seven-part series written and directed by Richie Mehta, starring Shefali Shah as DCP Vartika Chaturvedi, tells the story of the horrific 2012 Nirbhaya Delhi gang rape and murder. Shah’s character, which was based on former Delhi Police DCP Chaya Sharma who cracked the case of the brutal gang rape within 72 hours, leads a thorough search for the six culprits.

The show, released in 2019, received acclaim for its sensitive retelling of a horrific crime that shook the entire nation.

The ensemble cast includes Rajesh Tailang, Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain, Vinod Sherawat, Mridul Sharma, Gopal Datt Tiwari, Gaurav Rana, Yashaswini Dayama, Jaya Bhattacharya, Anurag Arora and Sidharth Bhardwaj, among many others. “Delhi Crime” was pitted against “Charité 2- Season 2” from Germany; “Criminal UK” from England; and “El Jardín de Bronce (The Bronze Garden) – Season 2” from Argentina. 

Shah shared a brief video of the award show on Instagram with director Richie Mehta delivering a quick speech after winning the award. Mehta dedicated the award to “all the women” during the virtual ceremony. “I dedicate this award to all the women who not just endure the violence that so many men inflict on them, but are then tasked to solve the problem,” he said. “Finally, to the tireless mother, and her daughter. Not a day goes by when I don’t think about you both and what the world subjected you two to. And I hope none of us ever forget that.” In the background, an ecstatic Shah can be heard screaming “Oh my god” with joy. 

Earlier on Nov. 23, Shefali Shah shared a poster of “Delhi Crime” to show how she prepped for the awards. “Fingers, toes, intestines, crossed!” she wrote in the caption.

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Hussain took to Twitter and congratulated the entire team for the win. “‘Delhi Crime’ wins the Emmy International Awards for Best Drama. Congratulations @RichieMehta unmatchable @ShefaliShah dearest @rajeshtailang and the whole team Big Big Congratulations,” he tweeted.

Arjun Mathur of Amazon’s “Made in Heaven” was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor. Earlier in September, Mathur became the first Indian actor to earn a nomination in the Best Actor category at the International Emmys. Mathur, 38, played Karan Mehra, the gay co-founder of a Delhi-based wedding planning agency. He lost out to Billy Barratt of UK’s “Responsible Child.” Amazon’s “Four More Shots Please,” which tells the story of four female friends, was nominated in the comedy category. It lost to Brazil’s “Ninguém tá Olhando (Nobody’s Looking).”

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