Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer British series wins International Emmy for Best Drama

Although none of the Indian shows won an award at the recently-held 47th International Emmy Awards in New York, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer crime drama “McMafia” won in the British series the best drama series award.

Siddiqui played the role of an Indian businessman named Dilly Mahmood. Netflix series “Sacred Games,” also starring Siddiqui along with Saif Ali Khan and an ensemble cast, was also nominated in the same category.

After receiving the trophy, Siddiqui uploaded a picture on Instagram holding the Emmy with the director of the show. ““It’s a pure delight to be receiving the beautiful winner trophy at the International Emmy Awards Gala in New York with one of my favourite director James Watkins for our work,” he wrote in a post on his social media handles.

"McMafia," produced by Cuba Pictures, revolves around Alex Godman (James Norton) a well-educated hedge-fund manager stuck with his Russian mafia family. The show is inspired by the 2009 non-fiction book of the same name by journalist Misha Glenny.

The Indian contingent at the International Emmys included the teams of Netflix anthology “Lust Stories” (nominated for best TV movie/mini-series) (best actress for Radhika Apte), Netflix show “Sacred Games” (best drama series), “The Remix” (best non-scripted entertainment) and “Witness: India’s Forbidden Love” (best documentary).

Also present at the event were filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar, producer Ronnie Screwvala, actors Radhika Apte and Kubbra Sait.

At the awards, “Lust Stories” lost out to the Australian thriller series “Safe Harbour” in the Best TV Movie category, while Hungarian actress Marina Gera won the best actress award for “Orok Tel.”

Reality show “The Remix” was up for Best Non-Scripted Entertainment in which “The Real Full Monty: Ladies’ Night” emerged victorious, and in the Best Documentary category, “Witness: India’s Forbidden Love lost out to Bellingcat - Truth In A Post-Truth World.”

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