The present Delhi Crime turned the benchmark for delicate portrayals ever because it went reside on a streaming platform. And on high of that, it additionally gained an International Emmy for Best Drama Series just lately. Based on the 2012 Delhi Nirbhaya gang rape case, it reconstructed the investigation that adopted, with a solid led by actors Shefali Shah, Rajesh Tailang, Rasika Dugal and Adil Hussain.

While it’s pure for actors to get all the eye for a challenge, Pooja Kohli Taneja, executive producer on the present, remembers how the present got here collectively within the first place. Excerpts:

Delhi Crime’s executive producer Pooja Kohli Taneja

What do you suppose it was in regards to the present that made it totally different?

Since the beginning, we have been all conscious that no person wished to revisit the Delhi gang-rape incident, in a method, no person wished to see or know that once more. Instead, we wished to point out the audiences how the case was solved. How a really sturdy DCP, Chaya Sharma, who has most likely seen these sort of grotesque incidents on a each day foundation in a metropolis like Delhi, was nonetheless so affected by this explicit incident. It stood out as one thing that made all of us query not simply our society, however the sort of people that we’ve turn out to be.

How did you come to be concerned with it?

Richie (Mehta; author-director of the present) had reached out to David Stern a few years earlier than we even jumped on it, David was a part of Florence Sloan & Jeff Sagansky improvement firm they usually had funded the preliminary bible and pilot and greenlit it as soon as all of that was finished. It nonetheless was a really delicate topic and there weren’t actually any takers out there for doing one thing like this and at that time Richie requested us, “If we believed in it a lot, why don’t we produce it?’ So all of us got here on board to fund this. It’s a testomony of types that each single one who put their very own cash into making this didn’t know whether or not it will ever get offered or launched. Our conviction within the narrative made us make the leap and off beam our perception in Richie.


In India, a lot of the credit score for the success of a present or movie for that matter, goes to the actors who’re the face, how totally different is it overseas?

The star system in India has at all times been the go-to issue for understanding and nearly like weighing the significance or the dimensions of a challenge, and that works for sure varieties of labor. Mainly theatrical movies the place it’s good to draw folks in and that face worth of a star goes a extremely good distance. But overseas, the expertise and the flexibility to not simply replicate and remodel into the characters that the actors should play, however to convincingly be capable of give managed and nuanced performances was at all times a precedence.

Do awards actually matter in some unspecified time in the future for a present like this?

When we acquired the nomination, we have been thrilled. Yes, awards and recognition matter, as they validate the laborious work of your complete solid and crew, which in flip will get us to work stronger and it will get higher for the tasks forward. We didn’t even realise how huge this was until we gained, actually as a result of no person was counting the hen earlier than it hatched.

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