Netflix Lands Worldwide Rights to Indian Procedural Anthology Series ‘Delhi Crime’

Sundance 2019: Show from writer-director Richie Mehta premieres in festival’s Indie Episodic section

Last Updated: January 29, 2019 @ 5:26 AM

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the Indian anthology series “Delhi Crime.” The police procedural will have its world premiere in the Sundance Film Festival’s Indie Episodic Section on Tuesday, with its Netflix launch coming on March 22.

Written and directed by Richie Mehta, the seven-part first season is inspired by a 2012 Delhi gang rape case and was shot on location in New Delhi. “Delhi Crime” looks at the complexities of the case, including the scrutiny of the victim and the investigative team’s determination to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The cast is led by Shefali Shah (“Monsoon Wedding,” “Juice”) and also stars Adil Hussain (“Life of Pi,” “Hotel Salvation”), Denzil Smith (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”), Rasika Dugal (“Qissa,” “Manto”), Rajesh Tailang (“Siddharth,” “Selection Day”) and Yashaswini Dayama (“Dear Zindagi,” “The Odds”). It’s produced by Golden Karavan and Ivanhoe Pictures.

“The making of Delhi Crime has been a personally transformative journey; speaking to every individual involved, retracing the paths that the police took during the course of the investigation, and hearing of the determination that it took for the case to be closed, despite severe limitations. I hope that we’ve been able to provide context, catharsis and open once again a difficult conversation that must be had about the forces that enabled this brutality,” Mehta said in a statement.

“‘Delhi Crime’ is an important story told with sensitivity and responsibility, and we are honored to help bring this series to Indian and global members,” Simran Sethi, director of international original for Netflix, said. “It is honest and emotional and powerful. Shows like this bring a much-needed lens to the lived reality of women around the world. Watching this series is an affecting experience, and we are sure it will be as meaningful of an experience for Netflix audiences as it was for us.”

Aaron Kaplan, Jeff Sagansky, Florence Sloan, Apoorva Bakshi, Pooja Kohli and Sanjay Bachani executive produced for Golden Karavan, with John Penotti, Kilian Kerwin, and Michael Hogan executive producing for Ivanhoe Pictures. It’s produced by Robert Friedland, Sidney Kimmel, and Brian Kornreich for Ivanhoe Pictures.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Golden Karavan by Robert Jesuele, and by Brian Kornreich for Ivanhoe Pictures.