- Delhi Crime is an Indian crime drama streaming television series The first season is set in the aftermath of the 2012 Delhi gang rape. The series follows the story in the aftermath of the gang rape, where Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Vartika Chaturvedi is tasked to find the culprits responsible for the assaults and subsequent death of the female victim. Indian detective series Delhi Crime debuted on Netflix in 2019 with the drama getting a strong reception from viewers and critics alike. Delhi Crime became the first Indian show to walk away with an International Emmy Award.
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The first season of ‘Delhi Crime’ premiered on Netflix in March 2019, focusing on the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case wherein a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern was gang raped and savagely assaulted on a moving bus in South Delhi. A total of six people – Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Kumar Singh, Pawan Kumar Gupta, Ram Singh, and a juvenile – were convicted in the gang rape and murder of the paramedic student.
Released on 26 August, Delhi Crime Season 2 is based on the real-life incident of the Kacha-Baniyan gang who used to target elderly people in the national capital and brutally kill them.
In Season 2 DCP Vartika Chaturvedi aka Madam Sir (Shefali Shah) and her team will be dealing with a gruesome murder mystery that instils fear in the citizens of Delhi. This time the rich-poor divide in the society seems to have given rise to quadruple murders, where a killer gang targets the vulnerable old citizens of Delhi. In their quest to solve the case, the police team of Delhi Crime Season 2 leaves no stone unturned but citizens are not happy with the pace of the team. It’s a race against time for DCP Vartika Chaturvedi before another heinous crime occurs.
Is Delhi Crime Season 2 Based On A True Story?
Much like season one, yes, Delhi Crime season two is also rooted in real-life events albeit deviating from specific cases this time around.
In the trailer for season two, it’s confirmed there’s been a 20 percent rise in Delhi’s crime rate with the team looking into murders committed by the Kachcha-banian gang, which has become active after 20 years lying dormant. It’s said that the members became active all the way back in 1987. Apart from Delhi, they are also said to be active in other parts of the country like Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.
The biggest Operandi of any crime can be his awareness and precise sense of observation. That’s what the Kachha Baniyan Gang did. They posed as beggars and laborers in the daytime and kept a check on influential families so they could rob them at night. Any form of resistance during the robbery would lead to murders. They killed and attacked with the help of knives and axes. Although it is said that the Kachha Baniyan gang members come from many communities and states, they are all tribal members.
Former Delhi Police Commissioner confirmed that ‘It took three months of painstaking investigation to bring down the “kachcha-baniyan” gang’. Neeraj Kumar, a former commissioner of the Delhi Police, wrote the book that served as the inspiration for Delhi Crime Season 2. Kumar said, “During 1990 and 1991, there was a spate of house dacoities with murder in which people would break into homes and kill every inmate in their sleep. Then they would ransack the house in peace and take away all the valuables.”
Lead detective Vartika Chaturvedi says the gang has been managing to operate undeterred and is not to make any mistakes which is why they are able to evade capture.
She goes on to detail how their victims are “brutally murdered” with the gang members using iron rods, hammers, and axes to kill people.
Another interesting detail the officer mentions is the fact the gang members cover themselves in oil when they go out on their attacks.
Delhi Crime’s makers were inspired by real-life gangs, which are also known as ‘Chaddi Baniyan Gangs’ and were operating in North India in the 1990s. Members of the Kacha-Baniyan gangs wore only their underwear when committing their crimes. They also wore masks and covered their body in oil to disguise their identities as they went about their attacks in remote locations.
Prior to their attacks, members posed as beggars, and laborers and would even do magic tricks as they scoped out houses to rob. The gang members would operate in large groups as they went about tying up family members and killing those who resisted.
Unlike season one, the second outing doesn’t follow a particular case but uses the gang as a jumping-off point for a fictional story.
Delhi Crime’s director Tanuj Chopra said of working on season two: “Before we wrote a word of the script, we went through documents and case files and interviewed reporters who covered the crimes when they were happening.
Comparison With Season 1
The second season of Delhi Crime, though short, was just as infuriating, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats as they root for the cops to find these murderers. The nature of the crimes explored in Season 2 is nowhere near as shocking as season 1’s rape case, but the fact that there are so many more victims in this one makes it a much bigger issue for the police force to find the criminals.
While Season 1 highlighted the media play that goes about in the country, this season also attempts to show just how much the media badly impact an investigation led by the police force. Delhi Crime is backed up by impeccable actors who have worked exceptionally hard on their characters but Vartika Chaturvedi, played by Shefali Shah, takes the cake in this one.
From becoming the fierce cop whose words empower the victims and their kin, to being a menacing person in authority who makes the criminals shiver in fear, you just fall in love with Vartika Chaturvedi – and Shefali is to credit for that.
Domestic troubles would have been the least of our concerns for Inspector Neeti Singh played by Rasika Dugal but it is interesting to see how her personal life meddled into her work and her husband, who is also someone who has pledged to protect the country, is indifferent to her duties towards the nation. Rajesh Tailang (playing Inspector Bhupendra Singh) is a treat and it’s always fun to see his calm and composed self no matter what the situation may be.
Delhi Crime Season 2 Final Verdict
In “Delhi Crime,” a social point is made. Inequality, prejudice, and corruption that conveniently find a place in our society are all targeted in an attempt to poke fun at capitalism. Lata’s acts are never justified in the series.
According to Delhi Crime, it is unclear why a person like Lata would do such a horrible crime. Maybe it was all a dream of her aspiration and wants, that pushed Lata to these hideous crimes. In this season, Shefali Shah, Rajesh Tailang, Anurag Arora, and Rasika Dugal have all excelled themselves.
What To Learn From The Show?
On par with the much-acclaimed previous season created by Richie Mehta, DC2 is a gritty and immersive police procedural that views crime from a wider lens. Bigotry and police brutality in the form of caste and class discrimination are openly condemned. The show doesn’t solely address the sensational crimes inspired by true events but also studies the intricacies of human behavior. Domestic battles aren’t swept under the carpet.
Based on a chapter from former Commissioner of Delhi Police, Neeraj Kumar’s book, season 2 takes us back into the dark alleys and criminal underbelly of Delhi. While the violence isn’t suppressed, the gaze is more sensitive than exploitative. The angst is towards the crime, not the criminal. What we are to make of police violence is left squarely on who we choose to remain sympathetic to – on its part, the show sides with the police forces, deeming custodial violence as a catalyst for justice.
Season 2 Crew & Cast
Delhi Crime Season 2 Cast
DCP Vartika Chaturvedi
Inspector Bhupendra Singh
SHO Subhash Gupta
SHO Vinod Tiwari
Delhi Crime Season 2 Crew
Shefali Shah as DCP Vartika Chaturvedi
Shefali Shah plays the role of DCP Vartika Chaturvedi, an Indian actress. She is best known for her roles in Rangeela, Satya, Waqt: The Race Against Time, Dil Dhadakne Do, and The Last Lear. Currently, she is working on Delhi Crime season 2.
Rasika Dugal as Neeti Singh
Rasika Dugal plays the role of Neeti Singh, an Indian actress. She is best known for her roles in Anwar, No Smoking, Aurangzeb, Tu Hai Mera Sunday, Lootcase, Kismat, Mirzapur, Made in Heaven, Delhi Crime, Out of Love, A Suitable Boy, and OK Computer.
Adil Hussain as Kumar Vijay
Adil Hussain plays the role of Kumar Vijay, an Indian actor. He is best known for his roles in The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Life of Pi, Hotel Salvation, and Maj Rati Keteki. Adil is a well-known actor in Indian and Norwegian, and French films.
Rajesh Tailang as Inspector Bhupendra Singh
Rajesh Tailang plays the role of Inspector Bhupendra Singh, an Indian actor. He is best known for his roles in Siddharth, Amal, Phantom, Dev, Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa, Thakshak, Umrika, The Second-Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Shanti, Selection Day, Delhi Crime, and Mirzapur.
Aakash Dahiya as Devinder
Aakash Dahiya plays the role of Devinder, an Indian actor, and casting director. He is best known for his roles in Kaminey, Rockstar, Gangs of Wasseypur, Kai Po Che, Siddharth, Highway, Bobby Jasoos, PK, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Meeruthiya Gangsters, Operation Parindey, and Delhi Crime.