A rape case that took the nation by storm, brought people protesting and holding marches across the country and questioning women’s safety in the capital, is soon going to be streaming on Netflix.
Trailer of the first season of Netflix’s new show Delhi Crime is out and already gripping viewers for the upcoming series. Based on the 2012 Delhi gang rape case, which was hailed as Nirbhaya rape case, the series fictionalises the horrific event that took the nation by storm.
On December 16, 2012, a young woman was brutally raped by five men in a moving, private bus in the Indian capital, Delhi. The victim breathed her last on December 29 that year, succumbing to her injuries. The incident had led to mass protests and debates across the country and the hearing of the case had all the accused arrested and charged with sexual assault and murder.
Following the uproar and the hearing of the case, the accused Ram Singh, Mukesh Singh, Vinay Gupta, Pawan Gupta, Akshay Thakur and a juvenile were put behind the bars. While Ram Singh, the bus driver, committed suicide in Tihar Jail during the trial, the juvenile was sent to a correction home and has been released since. The other four were sentenced to capital punishment, which was later upheld. The incident had left a strong impact even on the judiciary of the nation leading to the forming of fast-track courts and criminalisation of stalking, voyeurism and intentional touching.
Starring Shefali Shah, Adil Hussain, Rasika Dugal and Rajesh Tailang, the show begins streaming on March 22. Based on the case files from Delhi police, the trailer begins with the police finding the victim on street side. It briefly shows the many events that happened and portrays the DCP of the southern part of the city becoming seriously involved in the case and determined to catch the culprits in the shortest span of time.
Shah plays Varthika Chaturvedi, DCP and is seen saying “This crime is not just heinous, it is insanity,” in the trailer, pacing the momentum of the two minute clip at the very beginning. The trailer also shows the aggression that built up across the nation and the political pressure the cops had to face and media’s stance.
Delhi Crime is written and directed by Indo-Canadian filmmaker Richie Mehta. A seven-part anthology series, its first season captures the complexities of the investigation and how the police wades through all the pressure towards the culprits.
Delhi Crime which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2019, is produced by Golden Karavan and Ivanhoe Pictures.