At the 48th International Emmy Awards 2020, Netflix’s India Original series Delhi Crime won the best drama series honour.
The event was organised in New York and attended virtually by people across the world on the 23rd of November.
Directed by Richie Mehta, an Indian-Canadian Delhi Crime is based on a true incident of 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape case of Delhi. However, the series is based on the perspective of the Delhi police investigating team.
The series also shows the efforts and the leads followed by the Delhi police team during the investigation.
The Nirbhaya Crime which was breaking news for days making headlines globally was deconstructed in the series with the story line of post crime and before the court trials.
All the episodes of the show was based on 72 hours of investigation involving several level officials, eye witnesses, victims’ family, accused and process of connecting dots.
The show, released in 2019, received massive acclaim for its sensitive retelling of a horrific crime that shook the entire nation.
On the 16th of December 2012, a 23 year old physiotherapy intern named Nirbhaya was abducted and gang raped in a moving bus.
After being brutally gang raped, the victim was abandoned on a Delhi road. Her injuries were so grievous that she died in a Singapore hospital a fortnight later.
Richie Mehta accepted the award and dedicated the award to all the women who not just endure violence that men inflict on them,.
He said, “but are also tasked to solve the problem.”
In addition, actress Shefali Shah played Vartika Chaturvedi, the Deputy Commissioner Police (DCP) of Delhi Police (based on former DCP Chaya Sharma) excited over the winning tweeted, “OMG, OMG, OMG.” Delhi Crime is the first web-series from India to win an International Emmy Award.”
Performances by its ensemble cast including Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain and Rajesh Tailang were particularly appreciated.
Besides Delhi Crime, Four More Shots and Made In Heaven series of Amazon Prime were also nominated for best comedy and best actor category respectively.
However, the two other nominations from India could not bag the award.
The 48th International Emmy Award is hosted by Richard Kind and was organised virtually due to the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus.
The International Emmy Award is organised every year to appreciate and celebrate excellence in international television.