In a rollercoaster of emotions at the 51st International Emmy Awards in New York, Indian actors Shefali Shah and Jim Sarbh faced disappointment in the Best Actress and Best Actor categories, respectively. However, amidst the setbacks, Vir Das created history for India, bringing home an Emmy win.
Shefali Shah, nominated for her stellar performance in the Netflix series Delhi Crime 2, lost the Best Actress trophy to Mexican actress Karla Souza for her role in the Amazon series Dive. The competitive category also included nominees Connie Nielson for the Danish series ‘The Dreamer-Becoming Karen Blixen’ and UK’s Billie Piper in ‘Hate Suzie Too’. Despite the loss, Shefali, reprising her role as DCP Vartika Chaturvedi, proudly represented India on the esteemed red carpet for the second time. Notably, Delhi Crime 1 had previously won the Best Drama Series at the International Emmy Awards in 2020.
On the other side, Jim Sarbh, recognized for his portrayal of renowned Indian physicist Homi J Bhabha in the web series ‘Rocket Boys,’ missed out on the Best Actor prize, which went to the UK’s Martin Freeman for his performance in ‘The Responder.’
Amidst the setbacks, the evening saw Vir Das making history by winning his first Emmy for the Netflix special ‘Vir Das: Landing’ in the Comedy Category. Expressing his gratitude, Vir shared, “Winning an Emmy for ‘Vir Das: Landing’ is not just a milestone for me but for Indian comedy as a whole. It’s heartening to see it resonate globally, thanks to Netflix, Akash Sharma, and Reg Tigerman who made it special.”
Adding to India’s pride, Ekta Kapoor was honored with the International Emmy Directorate Award, marking a significant achievement for the producer.
The International Emmy Awards 2023 brought a mix of triumphs and tribulations for the Indian contingent, showcasing both the challenges and victories in the global entertainment landscape. Congratulations to all on this remarkable journey!