India Original Netflix web series “Delhi Crime”, helmed by Indian-Canadian director Richie Mehta, has bagged the best drama series honour at the 48th International Emmy Awards on Monday.
Told from the perspective of the Delhi Police team investigating the crime that made global headlines, the series deconstructs the case of the 23-year-old physiotherapy intern who was abducted and gangraped in a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012 before she was abandoned on a Delhi road.
Her injuries were so grievous that she died in a Singapore hospital a fortnight later.
Mehta, in his acceptance speech during the virtual ceremony on Monday, dedicated the honour to all the women who not just endure violence that men inflict on them, “but are also tasked to solve the problem.”
Richie Mehta directorial Delhi Crime, starring Shefali Shah, Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain, Rajesh Tailang, Vinod Sherawat, Denzil Smith, Gopal Dutt, Yashaswini Dayama and Jaya Bhattacharya, is a fictionalised crime drama, based on the painstaking investigation into the 2012 Delhi gang-rape.
Actor Shefali Shah played Vartika Chaturvedi, whose character on “Delhi Crime” was based on former Delhi Police DCP Chaya Sharma who cracked the case of the brutal gangrape within 72 hours.
The show, released in 2019, received massive acclaim for its sensitive retelling of a horrific crime that shook the entire nation.
Performances by its ensemble cast, including Shah, Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain and Rajesh Tailang were particularly appreciated.
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 whole team Big Big Congratulations,” he tweeted.
He said, “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. 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.”
Shefali Shah, who played the lead role of Vartika Chaturvedi in Delhi Crime, couldn’t control her excitement over the big win. She told indianexpress.com, “I am screaming, beaming and jumping! I have goosebumps.”