Netflix has released the trailer of its seven-part anthology series, Delhi Crime, sharing the news from its Twitter account.
Directed by Indo-Canadian filmmaker Richie Mehta, the series revolves around the police investigation into the December 2012 Delhi gangrape.
On December 16, 2012, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was raped and brutally assaulted in a moving private bus in Delhi by six men. She succumbed to her injuries on 29 December.
The trailer opens with the a police patrolling unit finding the victims on a pavement. The protagonist, Shefali Shah, who plays DCP South Delhi Varthika Chaturvedi, is then introduced, and she says, “This crime is not just heinous, it is insanity.” The series follows the investigation led by the Delhi Police. The trailer also makes it clear that the show is based on the case files from the Delhi Police.
Over six years of research went into the making of the series, which was shot in the national capital.
Richie Mehta, who is known for Amal (2007) and Siddharth (2014), got the idea to make a show on the subject during a conversation with former Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.
In a statement made to Variety, he said, “We wanted to illustrate and explore a crime that is so incomprehensible to most people that you don’t know where to start to think about it. And while you don’t want to think about it, it’s a topic that needs to be addressed.” He added: “This led us to the production of a multiple part television series, because there is so much to explore and it can be done in the auspices of a police thriller procedural that should keep audiences gripped.”
The series stars Shefali Shah (Monsoon Wedding), Adil Hussain (Life of Pi), Denzil Smith (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Rasika Duggal (Manto), Rajesh Tailang (Siddharth) and Yashaswini Dayama (Dear Zindagi) in key roles.
The show premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival in the Indie Episodic Category. It is produced by Golden Karavan and Ivanhoe Pictures and will debut on Netflix worldwide on March 22.