Published By: Nirtika Pandita

India at Emmys, again!

The excellence of our Indian web-series has yet again taken the international waters by storm, as we hold three nominations at the Emmy.

The year 2020 hasn't been a bearer of good news so far, but it finally brought some cheer to the entertainment industry. The creative geniuses of our web-series have once again made it the coveted 48th edition of International Emmy Awards. Among the 44 nominees from 20 countries, India has made it into three categories.

Best Comedy Category Raise a toast, as Amazon Prime Video’s all-women series Four More Shots Please directed by Anu Menon and Nupur Asthana has made it to the best comedy category. Featuring Sayani Gupta, Bani J, Kirti Kulhari and Maanvi Gagroo, the series revolves around the lives of these four friends living in Mumbai.

Best Drama Category Netflix’s spine-chilling crime drama, Delhi Crime, based on the 2012 Nirbhaya incident has been nominated in the best drama category. A series written and directed by Canadian film director Richie Mehta stars Shefali Shah, Rasika Dugal and Adil Hussain. The first two episodes premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in the Indie Episodic category and were later released on Netflix. Now, it is gunning for a second season with the main cast.

Best Actor Category Actor Arjun Mathur's impeccable portrayal of a wedding planner in Amazon Prime Video’s Made In Heaven, has won him a nomination in the best actor category. While his acting chops have been widely appreciated, Mathur has played similar characters in Mira Nair’s Migration and Onir’s I Am.

Recognizing art The awards that aim at recognizing shows produced and aired outside the United States, this year has nominees from countries like Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand to name a few.

Changed scenario The International Emmy Awards that usually takes place two months after the primetime Emmy Awards, this year owing to the pandemic will announce the winners through a taped ceremony from the New York City in November.

Last year, it was Netflix’s Lust Stories, Best Actress for Radhika Apte from Sacred Games, The Remix for Best Non-Scripted Entertainment and Witness: India's Forbidden Love in the Best Documentary. While our industry is still at a blooming stage on OTT platforms, making it to the international waters every year only brings to fore the sheer brilliance of our industry’s storytelling power.