When Netflix announced the sequel to the Emmy Award-winning series crime in delhi (2019) on the infamous 2012 Nirbhaya rape case, frankly many were skeptical. Per, crime in delhi in the first season it was one of the rare series where everything went right. From the acting to the story and its treatment, it all fits together like a well-compiled puzzle.
Remember, it was based on a troubling event that shook the entire country. Making a series about such an event without in any way harming the sensibilities around it, and also without sensationalizing or investigating it, required a mature and conscious approach. Filmmaker Richie Mehta, who helmed the first season, brought a lot of care and caution to the series while also keeping it compelling for viewing on the OTT.
The second season of Delhi Crime started streaming on Netflix from today and it has been a captivating viewing all along. The acting is top notch, and the script is sensitive and splendid.
Shefali Shah, as DCP Vartika Chaturvedi, takes acting responsibility and shows others the way. Rajesh Tailang as Bhupender Singh, his skilled assistant on the team, Rasika Dugal as Neeti Singh, the quick cop on capture, Adil Hussain as the top cop who has to do a balancing act, are all excellent.
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This time the story is about bloody attacks and gruesome murders of elderly people in Delhi. All indications lead to the notorious Kachcha Baniyan gang, which was a threat in the 90s. Is it the killers or someone who masterminded the murders is the story.
Tanuj Chopra, the director of season two, keeps police procedure real, but cleverly keeps the police very real. The personal story arcs and the cops’ situation in the story are what make the entire series so watchable. The 5-episode series never artificially loosens or heightens emotions.
Critics are already singing anthems to the series. the indian express said (opens in new tab): “The degree of authenticity, despite the compulsion to leave us on a hook at the end of each episode and some gimmicks, is admirable. The advance comes at the right time, and the denouement is powerful.”
the times of india said (opens in new tab): “On par with the much-acclaimed previous season created by Richie Mehta, DC2 is a gritty and immersive police procedure that sees crime from a broader lens. Bigotry and police brutality in the form of caste and class discrimination are openly condemned. . not only addresses sensational crimes inspired by real events, but also studies the intricacies of human behavior. Domestic battles are not swept under the rug.”
Netflix needed a series like this as some of the recent ones weren’t that great. Now the question is, can another Emmy award come, courtesy of another Delhi Crime series?