Netflix India original series Delhi Crime starts streaming on Netflix today. The Shefali Shah-starrer was received quite well at the Sundance Film Festival in January this year. The web series is based on the investigation of 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape, the horrific gangrape that shook the conscience of people like never before and take you back to the gruesome case that led to massive protests and because of which four out of six culprits got death sentence. One committed suicide in the jail, while one was a juvenile.
In 2012, the 23-year-old paramedic student, who was travelling with her friend in a bus, was brutally gang-raped by six people in the moving vehicle. She was assaulted with an iron rod and her intestines were pulled out. Delhi Crime also features Shefali Shah, Rasika Duggal and Adil Hussain.
The drama is a blend of fact and fiction. The deputy police commissioner, Vartika Chaturvedi, who oversees the investigation, is based on a real official. Officers really did wade across a river to find a suspect and persuaded him to cooperate by threatening to report his crimes to his mother,” read The Guardian review.
“The depiction of the investigation is warts-and-all: suspects are frequently beaten; officers keep trying to bunk work to go home or to the gym; lights flicker and then go out when a station can’t afford to pay its fuel bill. Yet a core group of officers doggedly work to catch the six perpetrators, four of whom are still on death row (one ended their own life in prison in 2013 and another, a juvenile, was released in 2015).”