Delhi Crime Wins an International Emmy, Bringing Relief to a Platform Battling #BoycottNetflix

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Delhi Crime Wins an International Emmy, Bringing Relief to a Platform Battling #BoycottNetflix

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

At the International Emmy Awards announced last night, an Indian series bagged an award for the first time. Delhi Crime, the Netflix series based on the “Nirbhaya” gang rape case of 2012, took home the honours for Best Drama Series in 2020. Starring Shefali Shah as the lead, Delhi Crime was produced by Richie Mehta, who dedicated the series’ win to the victim of the horrific crime on which the show was based and her mother. During his acceptance speech, he said, “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.”

It’s no small matter to win at the International Emmys. Perhaps the best representation of that excitement would be the reaction of Shah herself, who posted a clip of the big moment to Instagram.

By winning the award, Delhi Crime has broken new ground for Indian television on the global front. It builds on the legacy of shows like Sacred Games, which was nominated last year for the same award but did not win. The star of that show, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, congratulated the team of Delhi Crime on Twitter, calling it a “super proud moment for us Indians”.

After this victory, Delhi Crime is the toast of social media. And by proxy, so is Netflix India. All the congratulatory messages coming the platform’s way must be a welcome break after the weekend’s #BoycottNetflix hashtag prompted by a kissing scene in another one of Netflix’s shows.

The cast and crew received plenty of felicitations also, and had enough to go around among themselves as well. Adil Hussain, one of the stars of the show, thanked his co-stars, producer, and fellow crew members for their contributions.

Many other stars also joined the chorus, marking Delhi Crime’s big win as one not just for the series, but the Indian entertainment industry as a whole.

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