|Created by||Richie Mehta|
|Developed by||Laurence Bowen|
|Written by||Richie Mehta|
|Directed by||Richie Mehta|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Cinematography||Johan Heurlin Aidt|
|Running time||45-64 min|
|Production company(s)||Ivanhoe Pictures|
Poor Man's Productions
|Picture format||1080p (HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||22 March 2019|
Delhi Crime is an Indian crime drama series written and directed by Richie Mehta. Starring Shefali Shah, Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain and Rajesh Tailang, the series is set in the aftermath of the 2012 Delhi gang rape. Its first two episodes were premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in the Indie Episodic category. The series was released on Netflix on 22 March 2019. The show was renewed for a second season with the main cast returning.
Delhi Crime is based on the 2012 Delhi gang rape case that took place in the neighbourhood of Munirka, in South Delhi. The series follows the story in the aftermath of the gang rape, where Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Vartika Chaturvedi is tasked to find the culprits, responsible for the assaults and death of the female victim.
- Shefali Shah as Vartika Chaturvedi
- Rasika Dugal as Neeti Singh
- Adil Hussain as Kumar Vijay
- Rajesh Tailang as Bhupendra Singh
- Denzil Smith as Vishal Chaturvedi
- Yashaswini Dayama as Chandni
- Avijit Dutt as Gururaj Dixit
- Gopal Dutt as Sudhir Kumar
- Sanjay Bishnoi as Akash
- Mridul Sharma as Jai Singh
- Jaya Bhattacharya as Vimla Bharadwaj
- Swati Bhatia as Ira
- Anurag Arora as Jairaj
- Vinod Sharawat as SHO Vinod Tiwari
- Ayush Sehgal as Arunesh
- Rhea Bedi as Smriti
- Abhilasha Singh as Deepika
- Gaurav Rana as SHO Rakesh Verma
- Govind Singh as Amar Singh
- Vipin katyal as Arif
Mehta conceived the idea of Delhi Crime during a conversation with Neeraj Kumar, the former Commissioner of the Delhi Police, who introduced him to the investigating team and provided access to several legal documents that were prepared as part of the investigation. Later on, Kumar asked Mehta if he would consider making a film on the case to which he denied. He then started reading the documents and was "amazed at the precision with which this case was solved, and so quickly." He also met the officers involved in the case and was "blown away by them." Mehta sought permission from the victim's family. Mehta said that films like The French Connection (1971) and Zodiac (2007) influenced his approach.
He modeled several portrayals of the cops based on his own observations. Mehta said that the making of the series was a "personally transformative journey" for him. He spoke to several police personnel involved in the case and tried "retracing the paths that the police took during the course of the investigation." It took Mehta six years to finish his research. The series was shot in Delhi over the course of 62 days. Mehta initially wanted to make it as a feature film, but as he continued the research, he realised that he could not fit the content in that length. The character of Vartika was based on Chhaya Sharma, the former deputy commissioner of police in Delhi.
Mehta met Sharma, who was in the team who caught the perpetrators. They spoke for months as Mehta wanted her point of view in the crime. Shah also met Sharma for the preparation of the role. The series spans six days, covering the period between 16 December and 21 December, from the incident to the final arrest. The film went on the floor in January 2018 after taking permission from the Delhi police and the victim's family. Mehta decided not to show the rape on screen as he wanted "not to cross that line into exploitation." Tailang's character was an amalgamation of different investigating officers, but he spoke to one police officer and used him as reference point.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|1||"Episode 1"||Richie Mehta||Richie Mehta||22 March 2019|
|After two victims of a brutal crime were found on roadside, DCP Vartika Chaturvedi assigns only her most trusted officers to lead the investigation.|
|2||"Episode 2"||Richie Mehta||Richie Mehta||22 March 2019|
|As the leads come in the investigating team focuses on the bus in which the crime was committed. When they find the bus they have their first perpetrator of the crime. Media leaks trigger backlash against police.|
|3||"Episode 3"||Richie Mehta||Richie Mehta||22 March 2019|
|The team finds blood in the bus. The bus driver Jai Singh confesses the crime and gives gory details of the crime. Another team goes to Mehrauli to find Jai Singh's brother. They catch Vikas and Brajesh through the suspects' neighbour and Amar from Rajasthan through his other brother.|
|4||"Episode 4"||Richie Mehta||Richie Mehta||22 March 2019|
|The team now knows the possible whereabouts of Alok the fifth perpetrator in Aurangabad, Bihar. Meanwhile the high court takes up the public interest litigation on the crime as public protests continue. The sixth suspect is still elusive and hunt for him intensifies.|
|5||"Episode 5"||Richie Mehta||Richie Mehta||22 March 2019|
|The condition of the victim is not good. The DCP is facing public and media wrath as well as political fall out. A team sent to Naxalite infected area reaches the home of Alok. CM demands the resignation of Police Commissioner Vijay. The sixth suspect Sonu is still elusive.|
|6||"Episode 6"||Richie Mehta||Richie Mehta||22 March 2019|
|The police safeguard culprits from public anger. Two suspects attempt suicide inside cell. The team gone to Bihar travels to Jharkhand to in-laws home of Alok. The search for Sonu escalates. Male victim Akash is planning to appear on TV. Vartika advises him to avoid media at that stage of investigation. Meanwhile Sonu is spotted in a bus going to Gurgaon.|
|7||"Episode 7"||Richie Mehta||Richie Mehta||22 March 2019|
|Sonu is caught on bus stand. He turns out to be a minor. The protest turns violent so PC orders lathi charge. The victim records her official statement in presence of a magistrate. Alok is apprehended from his home in Bihar. The government orders a judicial enquiry into conduct of police. Vartika is informed that Jai Singh has committed suicide in jail.|
Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter called it "consistently different enough to be interesting." He also felt the police-procedural conventions felt "reasonably fresh and consistently engaging." Ben Travers of IndieWire wrote: "An expertly told, hard-to-watch true crime series, Delhi Crime Story won't be for everyone — but it won't let go of anyone who watches." Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express wrote: "Where Delhi Crime scores is in the portrayal of a beleaguered police force, which is easy to point fingers at."
Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV called the series "grim, gritty and grounded in the everyday." He further wrote: "Delhi Crime is a knockout punch of a series: unsettling and enthralling by turns." Piyasree Dasgupta of HuffPost noted that the series "comes across as such an elaborate exercise to valorise the Delhi Police that it actually seems deeply insensitive." She also said that the "only people the show humanises are the police." Rahul Desai of Film Companion wrote: "It’s the tiny infusions of well-informed opinion into what is essentially dramatic long-read reportage that make Delhi Crime one hell of a ride." Rohan Naahar of Hindustan Times called it: " gut-wrenching, stylishly directed, passionately performed, and most important, not at all exploitative." Avinash Ramachandran of The New Indian Express – Cinema Express in his review wrote: "Delhi Crime might be a glorification of the police force, but it is also a mirror to our society. It might absolve the Delhi police of its alleged dereliction of duties, but it is also a reminder that we vouched, and hoped, for a similar incident to never happen again."
Along with the story telling and the premise of the series, the cast also received widespread appreciation for their performances in the series. Priyanka Roy of The Telegraph said: "And while the rest of it is worth a watch, Shefali Shah is reason number one why you shouldn’t give Delhi Crime a miss." Nandini Ramnath from Scroll wrote: " Rajesh Tailang, Anurag Arora, Adil Hussain, Jaya Bhattacharya, Gopal Dutt and Vinod Sharawat are among the numerous actors who display the same dedication to their craft as did their fictionalised selves to the investigation." Namrata Joshi from The Hindu said: "Tailang’s control, poise and measured way plays out beautifully against Shah’s dynamism to give us arguably the best on-screen buddy-cop team seen yet in India."
Mehta said that Delhi Crime will be an anthology series and the next season will have same characters but with a different crime story. Shah will reprise her role as DCP Vartika as well along with other main characters.
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