TV Review: Delhi Crime Season 1 🇮🇳👮🏽‍♀️

Delhi Crime proves that crimes from a very different part of the world can be made into an anthological series by a global streaming giant.


Shefali Shah stars as DCP Vartika Chaturvedi in Delhi Crime. CREDIT: Netflix

This post for Delhi Crime Season 1 contains spoilers.

When Delhi Crime Season 1 (2019, created, written, and directed by Richie Mehta) premiered on March 22 I had completely missed it. Coincidentally Hulu’s The Act also premiered the same week; both shows, though set in different countries, are based on real events that actually took place a few years apart from one another (2015 for the murder of Dee Dee Blanchard and 2012 for the Delhi gang rape case).

The 2012 Delhi gang rape case, which serves as the main story for Delhi Crime Season 1, sparked a chain of events that changed India’s laws forever. In this series, the story focuses on the pressure that was put on the police by the public, and the progress of how the police caught all the six criminals within five days.

It felt like the series ended abruptly as more episodes could have been given to this season to explore the other events of the case, such as the case trial. This case was a long one and this Netflix series doesn’t show everything, it ends with an intertitle on-screen to explain what happened to the victim, perpetrators and male victim.

The first episode of the series also reveals the number of years of service each police officer has dedicated their life to the Delhi Police, but I find that information to be really unnecessary as that information is not recalled later on and doesn’t serve a significant purpose to the characters or the series’ story. And audiences would probably have forgotten how many years each character has been on the police force by the end of the episode, so why include it at all? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Since Delhi Crime is meant to be an anthological series for Netflix, I hope Season 2 will take notes from critics to create a better story structure that would make the entire series have a better flow from start to finish. Also seven episodes in total is just too ridiculously short—with the budget that Netflix has, they should make it at least 8 or 10 🙄.

I’m keen on what Delhi Crime would take on in their second season, if they ever produced one (news about the show is pretty scarce). Also if there ever is a Season 2, they should really consider adding a letter “S” behind “Crime” because that would make much more sense.

Rating: 3/5

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