EXCLUSIVE: delhi crime Season 2 showrunner and director Tanuj Chopra has signed with WME.
The deal follows the release of Netflix’s lively second installment of the crime series, the first season of which made history in 2020 by becoming the first Indian show to win Outstanding Drama Series at the international Emmys.
Chopra took over showrunning duties from creator Richie Mehta for the second run, which debuted on the streamer on August 26 and is from SK Global Entertainment, Golden Karavan, and Film Karavan.
Previously an independent filmmaker, Chopra has written, directed and produced four Grand Jury Award-winning feature films, including hitting the sun, a gritty film about teens coming of age in post-9/11 Queens that was the first South Asian American film to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. He also collected awards for hey yt, Grass and improvised black comedy holidayswhich won the LA Muse Fiction Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2018.
Chopra is currently in post-production on a short documentary about Brown University dynamo point guard Shayna Mehta with support from the Asian American Media Center. As Deadline reported last week, he is also developing a series based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel. Devdas which is configured in Searchlight.
Raised in Silicon Valley, Chopa received a Dean’s Fellowship at Columbia University, where he studied for an MFA in film directing and has since returned as a professor, and was selected for the 2018 Sundance Episodic Lab, the Fox Global Filmmaker Initiative. and Sony TV directors lab shows. He runs production workshops for at-risk youth in the Bay Area.
delhi crime Season 2 follows the same characters as the first – Shefali Shah’s DCP Vartika Chaturvedi, young cop Neeti Singh (Rasika Dugal), and right-hand man Bhupendra Singh (Rajesh Tailang) – as they try to solve a series of brutal murders of people. elderly in the middle-class neighborhoods of South Delhi. It is loosely based on the Kacha-Baniyan gang murders in northern India in the 1990s, but is not an exact replica of a particular crime as in the first season, which followed the police search for the perpetrators. of the infamous Delhi gang rape case in 2012.
“My hope was that we would find a way to grow the show and appeal to an audience that didn’t see the first season, maybe because they couldn’t take the material, or they watched it because they were familiar with crime. , and then I discovered this beautiful cast of characters,” Chopra told Deadline of her approach to the new material. “My task was: ‘How do I take these amazing characters and move them forward?’”
Chopra continues to be represented by Writ Large and Yorn, Levine, Barnes, Krintzman, Rubenstein, Kohner, Endlich & Gellman.