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‘Delhi Crime’: Netflix’s Latest Tragic and True Series From India

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On March 22, Netflix viewers will begin binging the new seven-part series based on a heinous case that shocked the world a few years ago. The series, Dehli Crime, from Golden Karavan and Ivanhoe Pictures, was written and directed by Indo-Canadian filmmaker Richie Mehta.

A cruel crime in India’s capital

At the 2019 Sundance Film Festival where the series premiered, the first two episodes were described as intense and addictive. Delhi Crime is inspired by the true case of a fatal gang-rape that took place in New Delhi, India but drew attention from around the world. By creating the dark and tragic series, filmmaker, Mehta, hopes the show will continue the difficult yet important conversation about violence towards women.

In December 2012 a couple was brutally attacked on a private bus, the woman succumbed to her injuries within the month. The show, a fact-based police procedural, details the devastating crime and follows the dramatic aftermath of the investigation in a seven-episode series.

Taking another look into the disturbing case

After meeting with Neeraj Kumar, a former commissioner of the New Delhi Police, and the investigation team, Mehta gained access to hundreds of pages of critical documents from the original investigation that further inspired him to create the series. He worked closely with the New Delhi Police to learn how the department was able to catch the six culprits while facing so many challenges. More than six years of research later, the series was shot on location in New Delhi.

Mumbai-based company Golden Karavan, made up of Aaron Kaplan, Jeff Sagansky, Florence Sloan, Apoorva Bakshi, Pooja Kohli, and Sanjay Bachani, initially funded the series as well as John Penotti, Michael Hogan and Kilian Kerwin of Ivanhoe Pictures. Delhi Crime is Golden Karavan’s first project.

Top stars in impactful roles

Shefali Shah (Monsoon Wedding) stars as the no-nonsense officer Vartika Chaturvedi who leads the investigation into the fatal attack.

Many other well-known faces including Adil Hussain (Life of Pi, Hotel Salvation), Denzil Smith (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Rasika Dugal (Qissa, Manto), Rajesh Tailang (Siddharth, Netflix series Selection Day), and Yashaswini Dayama (Dear Zindagi), work alongside her to create the powerful, emotional and influential story.

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