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n January 1998, SET and Fireworks launched a weekly crime – thriller called CID. The show soon earned cult status. Now, CID is celebrating its 11th year of un-interrupted run and is still going strong, entertaining it’s viewers from an age-group of 8 to 80. The first thrilling investigative series on Indian Television, is today one of the most popular shows on Sony Entertainment Television.
CID, is an investigative series consisting of hard-core police procedural stories dealing with investigation, detection and suspense. Dramatic and absolutely unpredictable, C.I.D. has captivated viewers over the last 11 years and continues to keep audiences glued to their television sets with its thrilling plots and excitement.
Also interwoven in its fast paced plots are the personal challenges that the C.I.D. team faces with non-stop adventure, tremendous pressure and risk, all in the name of duty. While the stories are plausible, there is an emphasis on dramatic plotting and technical complexities faced by the police. At every stage, the plot throws up intriguing twists and turns keeping the officers on the move as they track criminals, led by the smallest of clues!
CID set another record in November 2004, when Mr BP Singh entered ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ for canning an entire episode of CID in just one single shot of 111 minutes (One Hour Eleven One Minutes) without a single cut.
The success of CID can be gauged by the fact that most production houses tried to clone CID, but couldn’t sustain the show beyond a season.
Winner of numerous prestigious awards in tellydom, CID is considered the bible of suspense thrillers. The CID team comprising of ACP Pradyuman, Abhijit, Daya, Frederick has risen to an iconic status and are equally popular among the young and the old. The mutual chemistry of the cops, the exciting investigation procedures, the mysterious suspects, the unexpected culprits and the overall enthusiastic spirit of the show is what has kept viewers glued to the show for years.
In 2006, CID flagged off its spin-off, CID Special Bureau, a daily investigative thriller, which had a successful run of 168 episodes. The cops of the CID Special Bureau also became hugely popular with the audience, especially kids even though the CID cops remain the original icons. Till date, the re-runs of CID Special Bureau continue and they have a huge audience.
CID – the longest running show in the history of Indian television has set high standards for all future programmes of this genre to come. It is a laborious effort of years by Fireworks Production, Mr. BP Singh, Mr.Pradeep Uppoor and their team of actors, writers and production.
The actors – Shivaji Satam, Aditya Srivastav, Dayanand Shetty, Dinesh Phadnis and others, are the pillars of the show. They don’t just play the parts of the cops’ roles that they essay – they literally breathe them. This is why the cops of CID team seem so closer home and are loved by fans of all generations. Contrary to the image of Indian woman projected in the soap factory nowadays, female cops in CID give the real picture of the new-age woman. A female CID officer is fearless, modern, and straightforward, at par with her male colleagues and every inch the confident woman that you may meet on the road.
Projection of crime, its investigation, the criminal mind, the human emotions in CID is very realistic and believable. The same holds true for the stories that keep the audience on tenterhooks week after week and keep the cops on their feet throughout that precious 1-hour of crime investigation. Special care is taken to ensure that the story has a great degree of novelty – to keep the crime as mysterious and as puzzling as possible to baffle the cops and intrigue the audience. In spite of that, it is taken care that even though CID deals with the dark world of crime and criminals, nothing that is insensitive to the human psyche and harmful for young impressionable minds is shown. CID in spite of its crime genre is sensitive to the sentiments of its audience.
CID is a progeny of a unique vision, a faith in that vision and a collective effort towards realizing it. CID is not just a crime thriller, it is an inseparable part of its viewers’ existence. And gauging from the Herculean efforts of the team behind this historical serial, we hope to take this show across another light year…