India has won its first International Emmy. Delhi Crime — the Netflix police procedural series created by Richie Mehta — was awarded Best Drama Series at the 2020 International Emmy Awards on Monday. Delhi Crime triumphed over UK’s Criminal UK, Germany’s Charité, and Argentina’s The Bronze Garden.
Mehta, in his acceptance speech during the virtual ceremony on Monday, dedicated the honor to all the women who not just endure violence that men inflict on them. Told from the perspective of the Delhi Police team investigating the crime that made global headlines, the series critiques the case of the 23-year-old physiotherapy intern who was abducted and gang raped in a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012 before she was abandoned on a Delhi road.
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 recapping of a horrific crime that shook the entire nation. Performances by its collaborative cast, including Shah, Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain and Rajesh Tailang were particularly appreciated.
Delhi Crime is the first program from India to win an Emmy award. It premiered on Netflix in March 2019 to rave reviews.