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Netflix Suffers A Big Blow…Nawazuddin, Vir Das, Aarya Lose The Emmy



Emmy Vir Das, Aarya & Nawaz

To no one’s surprise  the Indian entertainment  industry has come  away empty-handed  from the International Emmy Awards 2021 which was held at New York City on the night of November 22.    

The setback, though no surprise  to those who had seen the work of  other nominees, came as a big blow to Netflix,  the  OTT  champs who hosted all the  nominees and carted an entourage  of   press representatives  from the Indian media  to cover the event in New York.

Hours  before the ceremony Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vir Das were seen giving interviews  to the Indian media in  NY. Only to lose the Emmy to others, albeit  more deserving candidates.

Nawazuddin lost  in the Best Actor  award to David Tennant, the Scottish actor who is stunningly scary  as a serial killer in Des.  In the  Best Drama category  the Israeali  serial  Tehran won over India’s Aarya which  was  a remake   of a  Dutch series, hence not quite  the  politically and aesthetically correct candidate  for  the win.

The controversial Vir Das lost  out to Call My Agent  in the Comedy  category. Vir Das posted what sounded  like  a feeble  attempt to  undo the damage  caused by his  ‘Two Indias’  monologue. “I was nominated for best comedy at the International Emmy Awards, for jokes. Call My Agent, a gigantic beautiful show I love won. But I got this medal, and ate this fantastic salad with a very interesting crispy cheese topping. It was an honour to represent my country. Thanks so much to the International Emmys For India. It’s always for India.”

While I  was  not able  to speak to  Nawazuddin immediately after he lost the Emmy, earlier the actor had said, “I am not a big fan of international honours.For me  the Emmy and the Indian  awards are of equal importance.  If  the  recognition comes from a place of respect, it is  always  welcome  and precious. Being nominated for an Emmy is honour enough.”

Last year  the Netflix  Richie Mehta directed truelife crime drama Delhi Crime had  won the Emmy in the Drama category.

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