In the last decades, India has seen a lot of changes at the socio-economic level. Along with this, economic inequality has also increased in the society. Economists have been pointing out that those who have money have become richer, while the poor are poorer! Along with the struggle for the fulfillment of desire and aspiration, the weapon of violence also came in the share of the people in the society. The helplessness and resentment inherent in poverty gets little attention from the popular media. The question is whether the marginalized people of the society are responsible for the violence against the rich? Why does the needle of suspicion always go to those who have historically been held responsible for violence in society?
The second season of the web series ‘Delhi Crime’ is being streamed on Netflix these days, which takes these questions in its circle. In the year 2019, the first season of this series directed by Richie Mehta was discussed a lot. It was awarded the prestigious Emmy Award in ‘Best Drama Series’. Obviously there was a lot of expectation about the second season. This season brings to us crime in society and police action with the same sensitivity as before, keeping Delhi at the centre. Tanuj Chopra is the director of this season.
This series questions the stereotype in our society towards violence. The media also seems to be standing in the dock here. At the same time, this series also explores the elements of violence prevalent in the society, although it has not been elaborated. But without saying anything, the sidewalk-street scenes in the series are successful in bringing out social distancing.
While the first season was based on the 2012 Delhi gang rape incident (Nirbhaya case) in a moving bus, the second part is based on the violence against old people in the posh colony of South Delhi. Even in the 90s, a case of brutal murder of elders came to light in Delhi, behind which the ‘Kachha-Vaniyan’ gang was behind. The modalities adopted for the crime in every episode are the same.
There are many cities in Delhi metropolis. You may have been living in this city for decades, but you do not necessarily know Delhi apart from its neighbourhood, leaving aside your class-caste prejudices. This series of five episodes brings to the fore the violence, the police’s efforts to reach the criminals, as well as the economic discrimination in the society, the attitude of a class towards the criminals. The main actors of the series Shefali Shah, Rasika Duggal, Adil Hussain, Rajesh Tailang etc. have a major role in this series as well. Along with Tilottama Shome, some other new characters are also associated in it. Since we have been familiar with DCP Vartika Chaturvedi (Shefali Shah) and her team in the first season, the series begins without any role. The editing has been kept quite tight.
The camera is successful in filming the streets and streets of Delhi in a realistic manner. However, this series could not keep it emotionally tied like the first series. It is also true that the horrors of the Nirbhaya case were shocking! The story of police’s access to criminals had a theatricality, a kind of ‘katharsis (virchan)’ for the audience. For this reason, it remains inferior when compared to the first series. Although Shefali Shah is very effective in her role like the first series. In this series, his daughter has been kept away from the family.
The work pressure on the police amidst less resources is shown through the family relationships of Neeti Singh (Rasika Duggal). Neeti Singh is now married and a key part of Vartika’s team, but her life is falling apart trying to balance her profession and family. There is a dilemma here. Media and political pressure on the police has also been shown in this series.
Along with the main characters, every artist who came in small roles has left their mark. Tilottama Shome is particularly notable for her performance. His emotionless face is beyond the conflict of moral and immoral. He is ready to go to any extent to fulfill his dream.