Delhi Crime season 2 review: Great crime procedural that feels light at times

In Delhi Crime season 2, the Delhi Police have to investigate a wave of murders carried out by the Kachcha Baniyan gang, a gang that was last seen active close to 20 years ago. The episodes are streaming on Netflix.

Story

DCP Vartika is called to the scene of the murder of some elderly citizens and after observing the crime scene, they conclude that the theft and murders were committed by the Kachcha Baniyan gang.

Due to the known history of the gang, the police enlist the help of a retired police officer but his methods aren’t the most humane and the negative attention that the tribal community gets because of this case hurts the image of the police.

After the involvement of the tribals is proved untrue, the police have to move in a new direction to find out who is committing the murders and robberies with Vartika going against orders from her higher-ups.

They eventually find the culprits responsible but this entire case has an adverse effect on the officers involved with some facing domestic problems while Vartika faces the repercussions of disobeying a direct order.

Performances

Shefali Shah shines yet again as the DCP Vartika Chaturvedi. Her portrayal of an officer who is struggling with her conscience when she gets questionable orders from her superiors and her determination to solve the case is highly engrossing.

Rajesh Tailang, Rasika Dugal, Sidharth Bhardwaj and Anurag Arora play the core team behind Vartika and each of them exhibits good quality in their roles as complex officers.

Rasika Dugal gets an extra focus in this season, depicting the effect her work is having on her marriage and she plays the part brilliantly.

Positives

Delhi Crime perfectly captures the very best and worst of the police department in equal measure. The way the director shows the process of the police during an investigation and how the public and politics sometimes influence that is quite intriguing.

Shining a light on how an entire community is discriminated against and so easily labelled because of a few bad eggs or a checkered past is a great decision. This is an issue that can affect any community anywhere in the world and it is integral to know how not to react.

The script is thoughtfully written with some inspirational and philosophic dialogues adding to the quality of Delhi Crime season 2.

The cinematography captures the essence of Delhi perfectly while also enhancing the thrill of certain intense sequences like when the police chase after Karishma.

Negatives

Delhi Crime season 2 focuses mostly on the case of the murders and avoided telling the story of the officers’ personal lives save for Neeti. The season feels a little light on depth as a consequence.

Bringing down the episode count to 5 similarly ends the season a little too soon and while the overall result is still good, one can’t help but feel slightly unsatisfied.

Verdict

Delhi Crime season 2 isn’t as emotionally charged as the first one but it still maintains the high standards set for the series. The story borrows from real incidents and opens the eyes of the audience to a certain part of the country’s history.

With great performances from its cast, Delhi Crime season 2 is an enjoyable watch with ample drama and intensity although it does feel a little bit rushed towards the end.

Delhi Crime season 2
Delhi Crime season 2 review: Great crime procedural that feels light at times 1

Director: Richie Mehta, Tanuj Chopra

Date Created: 2022-08-26 12:30

Editor's Rating:
3.5

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