On Monday night, the Netflix limited series Delhi Crime, based on the shocking Nirabhaya gangrape, won an international Emmy for the Best Drama Series. And the film’s leading lady Shefali, Shah who brilliantly played a no-nonsense cop in the series, just can’t stop dancing with joy.
“I am euphoric, ecstatic and whatever other synonyms you can find in the thesaurus. It’s a huge moment of pride. The first Indian show to win the Emmys..... and irrespective of our win I've always felt sooooo proud of being a part of DC. It’s the best show I can think of from Indian content. It deserves all the appreciation it’s garnering,” Shefali said to this writer, hours after the announcement.
The equally brilliant Adil Hussain, who was cast as Shefali’s colleague in the police force, also feels triumphant. “I feel thrilled and vindicated. It is a series where one of the most grave and horrific crimes in India is told with utmost respect and abiding by the laws of High Art. I am so very happy for Richie Mehta, the man who put four years of his life to research, write and direct the series. Who put together an excellent cast led by brilliant Shefali Shah and Rajesh Tailang. And equally brilliant crew. Big Historic Win," stated Adil.
Rajesh Tailang, who gave a sterling performance as a sleepless cop, is still finding it difficult to believe the honour. He revealed, “What to say? I am in a daze. This project was so close to our hearts because of the true-life crime which had outraged the nation. My association with director Richie Mehta is very old. Delhi Crime was always important for all of us. It is even more important now. Winning an Emmy is not just a matter of pride for us in the Delhi Crime team but for everyone.”
An elated Richie Mehta added, “I never anticipated getting here - it's the culmination of years of work by hundreds of people, sometimes in total isolation and defiance. Delhi Crime is a complete labour of love, born out of sadness, anger, frustration, and ultimately, compassion. The entire team from start to finish should take a bow for giving their all to this vision.”
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