On December 16, 2012, a young woman was viciously raped and molested by five men on a private bus in Delhi. She succumbed to her injuries on December 29 that year. The incident impressed mass protests and debates concerning the security of girls within the capital. All the accused were arrested and charged with sexual abuse and murder.
Delhi Crime, a fictionalized depiction of the incident, dropped on Monday. The police procedural stars Shefali Shah, Adil Hussain, Rasika Dugal and Rajesh Tailang in lead roles.
The trailer opens with the police finding the victims on a Delhi street and shortly establishes the facts of the case. Shah plays Varthika Chaturvedi, DCP South, who is in charge of the case. “This crime isn't simply flagitious, it's mental illness,” she says within the trailer. After establishing the facts of the case, the trailer shows the investigation kicking within the fourth gear, political pressure being exerted on the cops and a country coming to terms with the horrific crime.
The show focuses on the investigation, political pressure being brought upon the police, media’s stance and therefore the public outrage. Led by Shefali, the investigation team includes a cop claiming he would have killed the criminals if the victim was his girlfriend. Delhi Crime could be a seven-part anthology series written and directed by award-winning Indo-Canadian filmmaker Richie Mehta and will release online on March 22 across 190 countries.
The story could be a fictionalized depiction of the 2012 investigation. According to the Netflix, it “captures the complexities of the scrutiny, the emotional toll on the investigating team, and their determination to bring the perpetrators to justice in an exceedingly fraught environment, seen through the lens of the investigation led by Varthika Chaturvedi (Shefali Shah), the police officer in charge.” The series premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2019 and has been appreciated across the world.