Delhi Crime Season 2 is based on actual events and is created by Richie Mehta and produced by SK Global Entertainment, Golden Karavan, and Film Karavan. Showrunner Tanuj Chopra also serves as the show’s director. The authors are Mayank Tewari, Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh, Vidit Tripathi, Shubhra Swarup, Ensia Mirza, and Virat Basoya.
The death stares and silences of Shefali Shah’s characters have shipped plaudits her way. It is not hard to notice that these traits—to an extent—find their origin in Shefali herself. You sense the same intensity too—the discernible passion in her voice as we navigate between topics. Certain words get more emphasis, and quite often, she takes these small moments of silence and when she returns with a thought, she uses her hands a lot to express herself. It is almost like watching an actor performing, but without the theatricality, you would associate with a performer.
I enquire as to her initial reaction when told that a second season of Delhi Crime was being planned. I thought, “Wow!” Shefali shouts. “I was aware of Vartika (her cop character). I was aware of her reaction and course of action… The second season, in my opinion, has more layers. She changes dramatically between the two seasons, which is fascinating. Yes, there is another another crime that is making a significant societal message. Beyond these aspects, the actor says, “It was wonderful to think of performing Delhi Crime again… the chance to bring back’madam sir,’ (the term used to address her character, DCP Vartika Chathurvedhi), was fascinating.
Shefali split her performance during the first season’s filming into technical and emotional components. She would closely monitor details like the character’s mental state at a particular point in the story, how long the character may have been awake, the most recent development in the case, and other elements that would affect her mental state due to the technical nature of the performance. It was more difficult to understand the emotional aspect, though. Shefali says that during the second season, her acting technique stayed the same.
The killings committed by the Kacha Baniyan Gang in the 1980s are fictionalised in the second season. The show also looks at how the case has affected the Denotified Tribe, where the case’s suspects are from, on a social level. According to Shefali, it increases the difficulties. Vartika, the character I’m playing, is capable of evaluating the data and is familiar with the procedure, but she yet harbours some lingering doubts.
The performer acknowledges that she now knows the role better, but there is a catch. “I have known Vartika since the Nirbhaya event. She is now a completely different person. She is a little bit more at ease, as you can see at the first crime scene of Season 2.
The performer acknowledges that she now knows the role better, but there is a catch. “I have known Vartika since the Nirbhaya event. She is now a completely different person. She is a little bit more at ease, as you can see at the first crime scene of Season 2. She has experienced every type of urgency, but this one is different. She is aware of the differences between high and poor societies. She understands, but she is aware that it does not excuse violence.
The performer breaks down in tears as she discusses the role and the struggles she faces. “Putting yourself in her shoes was terrifying. Vartika’s and the first season’s events were unexpected. She expanded past human size. How am I going to get back into those shoes now? That, in my opinion, is the greatest thing I have produced thus far. How am I going to top that? Rhetorical question from Shefali.
Rasika Dugal and Shefali Shah had a conversation. After That
In the series’ concluding scene, Chaturvedi’s squad enjoys ice cream on a chilly Delhi night as they rejoice after apprehending every suspect. Although she worked closely with Chaturvedi and the survivor on the case, Neeti Singh (played by Dugal), an IPS trainee, refuses to rejoice and instead stands in the distance. Neeti adds, “I don’t feel like rejoicing, I feel like yelling, “Fuck this investigation,” I just want Deepika (the survivor) to be alright.”
You can relate to her scepticism since when Delhi Crime debuted in 2019, streaming programming had just started off on a shaky path, and it was a much-needed filip. A Best Drama Series win at the 48th International Emmy Awards provided more confirmation. “The first season was fantastic, and this second season will be fantastic if assessed on its own merits.” Shefali elaborates more on the distinctions between the two seasons: “The first season was more procedural, despite being motivated by emotions. These individuals had to solve a crime that had occurred. The scenario in this instance is tethered to the characters. Vartika was a hero in the first season, but I appreciate that she is now a regular person here.
This Friday, Shefali Shah will reprise her role as the fierce officer Vartika Chaturvedi in Season 2 of Delhi Crime. She is known for having eyes that can communicate without using words. In Season 2 of the wildly successful and highly acclaimed Netflix series, Vartika finds herself at the centre of yet another gruesome crime that she must investigate in a hurry. The first season of the show earned India its first-ever International Emmy.
Along with Rasika Dugal, Rajesh Tailang, Adil Hussain, Anurag Arora, Yashaswini Dayama, Sidharth Bhardwaj, Gopal Dutt, Denzil Smith, Tillotama Shome, Jatin Goswami, Vyom Yadav, and Ankit Sharma, the series also stars Rasika Dugal, Rajesh Tailang, Jatin Goswami, and Adil Hus