Indian actor Shefali Shah could not register a win in the Best Performance by an Actress cateogry at the International Emmy Awards 2023 on Tuesday, losing out to Mexican actor Karla Souza, who won the award for her performance in the series La Caida.
Shefali was nominated in the Best Performance by an Actress category for the second season of the critically acclaimed Netflix series, Delhi Crime. Besides Shefali and Karla, the other nominees in the category included Connie Nielsen for the Danish series Drommeren and Billie Piper for the British show I Hate Suzie Too.
The ceremony for the International Emmys was held in New York City. The first season of Delhi Crime had won the International Emmy for the best drama series in 2020, the first ever for India.
Talking about what the International Emmy nod for Delhi Crime means to her, Shefali Shah said at the Indian Express Adda, “It’s a validation that what I set out to do with Vartika was right, my understanding and translation of her was right, she is relevant, relatable and inspiring.”
The actor started her career with theatre and television and won acclaim for her roles in TV serials such as Hasratein (1997), Kabhie Kabhie (1997) and Raahein (1999). She debuted in Rangeela but was noticed with Ramgopal Varma’s Satya (1998), Dariya Chhoru (1999), Monsoon Wedding (2001), Gandhi, My Father (2007) and The Last Lear (2007).
The advent of OTT brought exciting new opportunities for Shefali Shah who created an impact with her performance in the short film Juice (2017). She then essayed the role of DCP Vartika Chaturvedi in Delhi Crime, which first streamed in 2019, and brought a defined shift in her career.
Besides Shefali, Jim Sarbh was nominated in the acting category for his show Rocket Boys, while Vir landed a nod for his Netflix comedy special Landing. Jim has played nuclear physicist Homi Bhabha, who is regarded as the Father of India’s nuclear programme, in the show. The ceremony also saw film producer Ektaa R Kapoor being honoured with the Directorate Award for her “trailblazing career and impact on the Indian television landscape”.