Delhi Crime: Web Series Review
Cast: Shefali Shah, Rajesh Tailang, Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain, Anurag Arora, Vinod Sharawat, Mridul Sharma, Gopal Datt Tiwari, Gaurav Rana, Yashaswini Dayama, Siddharth Bhardwaj, Jaya Bhattacharya, Abhilasha Singh, Sanjay Bishnoi.
Director: Richie Mehta.
Language: Hindi, English.
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama.
Release Date: 22nd March 2019.
Vartika Chaturvedi, the DCP of South Delhi District, gets a call about two bodies, bruised and brutally damaged, found on the side of road in Delhi, one night. When she gets the hang of the heinous situation, she goes on a hunt to get the perpetrators, tirelessly and at a breakneck speed, handling all the political and societal pressure, and catching all six of the accused within 5 days.
- Netflix’s latest Indian web series, Delhi Crime is hands down the best web series by the platform, in its own league. It explores the brutal crime that took place in 2012 in Delhi, known as the Nirbhaya rape case, with police point of view.
- The series strictly sticks to the police procedural of the whole case, how the officers handled it, despite all odds, as made crystal clear in the beginning itself.
- Delhi Crime is an intense, edge-of-the-seat drama, that will leave you shaken and crushed to your core. It retells an event that is etched into all of our minds, and Delhi Crime freshens it with phenomenal storytelling
- It deters from being sensational or propagandistic, and leaves the story to viewers’ imagination. The most horrific events of the case are not enacted out, thankfully, but the detailed reporting of it, be it by the main culprit, Jai Singh, by the victim Deepika herself, or the attending doctor who gives the prognosis of Deepika’s condition, you can’t help but revisit it all in your mind and imagine it all unfolding in front of your eyes. It resonates within you, and you can’t avoid from being affected by it, all over again.
- The stellar performances by every single one of the actor is what makes the series the sheer brilliance it is. Shefali Shah’s Vartika is a powerhouse, who knows the boundary between professional and personal, and who won’t let anything deter her from getting the culprits behind the bars, and Shefali does justice to her. Rajesh Tailang’s Bhupendra is a steady, firm and calm character that has seen all the ugly in his long career, but still believes in the good of it. And then there’s Rasika Dugal’s character, Neeti, with her strong conscience and passionate self, who tries to adapt to the horror of it all, with a detached spirit but fails. Everyone balances each other out perfectly, supported by an equally brilliant team of skilled actors.
- The actor who plays Jai Singh deserves a special mention; the orchestrator of the heinous crime, he tells the incident with such a cold indifference, justifying the brutality with his reasoning, without any remorse or guilt. He creates such an impact within a small timeframe, leaving you reeling at the way criminals’ minds work.
- Delhi Crime also takes a dig at the insensitive journalism in our country, the politicians and their propaganda, sex education vs. porn, the role of economy in crimes, and the reality of an investigation and the police force. There’s good cop and bad cop, and the grey area that exists between them, and the role of vigilantes in the whole event of it. Unlike the mainstream reality based stories, it doesn’t glorify any particular section; it points out what is wrong with the given system, while also pointing out the good that lies behind it all, neglected and hidden.
- The series maintains its realness, via various means. The tiny, humorous moments the team has in the graveness of the situation gives it a human touch. The story grips you in right from the beginning and maintains the stronghold throughout the series; you breathe a sigh of relief along with the team, which is short-lived.
- The astounding storyline is supported by a steady visual approach of dark and murky cinematographic shots, and haunting, unsettling background score.
- Not a thing.
A hauntingly pure and powerful take on the 2012 infamous Nirbhaya Rape Case, Delhi Crime something every single one of us should at least once.
- Delhi Crime was first premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival this year, in January 2019.
- This is a first web series by Richie Mehta; previously he has directed and written short films such as Amal, System of Units, and Anamika.
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