CID (Indian TV series)

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Crime Investigation Department
Created by B. P. Singh
Written by
  • Nikita Kanwar
  • Christabelle D'Souza
Directed by
  • B. P. Singh
  • Salil Brijendra Pal Singh
  • Siba Mishra
  • Nandu Kale
  • Ishwar Singh
  • Santosh Shetty
Creative director(s) Christabelle D'Souza
Starring See below
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 1,372 (as of 27 August 2016)[1] (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Satish Dubey
  • Shashwant Jain
  • Rajendra Patil
  • Vikas Kumar
Editor(s) Shachindra Vats
Location(s) Mumbai, India
  • Shailesh N. Anikhindi
  • Rajesh Diwaker
Running time 42–45 minutes approx.
Production company(s) Fireworks Productions
Distributor Sony Pictures Networks
Original network Sony Entertainment Television India
Sony Entertainment Television Asia
Picture format
Original release 21 January 1998 (1998-01-21) – Present
Related shows
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CID is an Indian detective television anthology series about India's Crime Investigation Department, created by B. P. Singh for Sony Entertainment Television India and Sony Entertainment Television Asia. The series stars Shivaji Satam as ACP, Aditya Srivastava and Dayanand Shetty as Senior Inspectors. The location of the series is set in Mumbai, India. Following a pilot episode on 29 April 1997, the series premiered on 21 January 1998 and is the longest running television series in India, having completed nineteen years in 2016. The show airs two days a week, Saturday and Sunday nights. The series aired its 1000th episode on Friday, 27 September 2013.[2][3]


The series is an investigative series consisting of criminal cases that are solved by the Crime Investigation Department team. ACP Pradyuman (Shivaji Satam), Abhijeet (Aditya Srivastava) and Daya (Dayanand Shetty) are an elite trio of officers, who along with their Inspectors and sub-inspectors seek help of professional forensic expert Dr. Salunkhe (Narendra Gupta) and Dr. Tarika (Shraddha Musale) to solve high-profile cases.


Present cast[edit]

(from left to right) Daya Shetty, Ansha Sayed, Janvi Chheda, Shivaji Satam, Aditya Srivastava
(from left to right) Shraddha Musale, Ansha Sayed, Hrishikesh Pandey, Shivaji Satam, Narendra Gupta, Janvi Chheda, Ajay Nagrath

Former cast[edit]

  • Hrishikesh Pandey as Inspector Sachin (2010–2016)
  • Abhay Shukla as Inspector Nikhil (2011– 2016)
  • Sanjay Shemkalyanee as Sub-Inspector Desai (1998)
  • Pranav Verma as Sub-Inspector Shinde
  • Ashutosh Gowariker as Inspector Virendra (1998–1999)
  • Afshan Khan as Sub-Inspector Mridula
  • Ashwini Kalsekar as Inspector Asha (1998–2004)
  • Dhananjay Mandrekar as Sub-Inspector Sudhakar
  • Vivek V. Mashru as Sub-Inspector Vivek (2006–2012)
  • Tushar Dalvi as Inspector Jayant
  • Mandeep Bhandar as Dr. Vrinda Wagle
  • Shweta Kawatra as Dr. Niyati Pradhan
  • Mona Ambegaonkar as Dr. Anjalika Deshmukh
  • Manav Gohil as Inspector Daksh (2004–2005)
  • Smita Bansal as Sub-Inspector Aditi
  • Rahil Azam as Nakul Pradyuman (2005)
  • Sai Deodhar as Sub-Inspector Priyanka
  • Rajeev Khandelwal as ACP Prithviraj (2005)
  • Kavita Kaushik as Sub-Inspector Anushka (2005–2006)
  • Amar Upadhyay as Inspector Rishi
  • Alka Verma as Sub-Inspector Muskaan (2006–2007)
  • Jasveer Kaur as Sub-Inspector Kajal (2010–2012)
  • Priya Wal as Dr. Nyla Rajyadhaksha
  • Megha Gupta as Sub-Inspector Devyana
  • Parinita Seth as Sub-Inspector Kaveri
  • Jimmy Kunal Nanda as Sub-Inspector Lavanya
  • Vaishnavi Dhanraj as Sub-Inspector Tasha (2009–2010)
  • Manini Mishra as Dr. Sonali Barwe (2010–2011)
  • Mahesh Manjrekar as Harpeez Dongara (2010)
  • Vikas Kumar as Senior Inspector Rajat (2012–2013)
  • Rahul Dev as Katori Damta (2016–2016)
  • Vineett Kumar as Inspector Vineet (2012-2013)
  • Neha Gadoria as Trainee Inspector Roma
  • Deepak Shirke as ACP Digvijay
  • Tarun Khanna as Sub-Inspector Suraj
  • Ankur Sharma Kabir as Sub-Inspector Karan
  • Abid Shaikh as Sub-Inspector Vikram (2014)
  • Maninder Singh as Inspector Dushyant (2014)
  • Gaurav Khanna as Inspector Kavin (2014)
  • Jagjit Athwal as Sub-Inspector Vansh (2014)
  • Vikas Salgotra as Sub-Inspector Mayur (2014)
  • Pooja Khatri as Sub-Inspector Ishita (2014)
  • Amaani Satrala as Sub-Inspector Divya (2014)
  • Tanya Abrol as Sub-Inspector Jaywanti Shinde (2014–2016)

CID:Special Bureau cast[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

Special episodes[edit]


Marathi theatre veteran, Shivaji Satam, who plays ACP Pradyuman, had worked with B.P. Singh on many projects before C.I.D.. "Having worked with B.P. on so many projects, I had to be part of CID," said Satam. Dayanand Shetty (Daya) was spotted by Sanjay Shetty, a member of the C.I.D. production team, in a community play, in which Daya was adjudged best actor. Singh was so impressed with Shetty that he finalized him five minutes into the audition. His character is amongst the most popular ones in the series along with Satam's character, Pradyuman. Aditya Srivastava who portrays Abhijeet, was introduced in the show as a criminal but was later added into the C.I.D. team. "I had agreed to only 26 episodes. In 1998, I was also doing some films, but BP sir gave me the flexibility to come and go as I felt like. But I began to enjoy the role of Abhijeet, and so stayed on," said Srivastava. Singh wanted Srivastava to be part of his team after seeing his work in Ram Gopal Varma’s Satya.[4]

C.I.D. is primarily shot in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. During the long course of the show, the series has been shot in various locations all over India. The series has also been shot in foreign countries. Some Foreign locations have included places like Uzbekistan, a major shoot in Paris, and Switzerland which included tourist attractions like Interlaken as well as cities such as Berne and Zurich. The major shoot in Paris-Switzerland was for the CID special episode "Aakhri Chunauti", and a part of the production team's 13th anniversary celebration plan.[5]

Other initiatives[edit]

C.I.D. set a record on 7 November 2004, when B. P. Singh entered the Limca Book of Records for filming an entire episode named "The Inheritance" / C.I.D. 111 in a single shot of 111 minutes without a cut. The episode was shot between 6:30 PM IST and 8:20 PM IST on 8 October 2004 at Lonavala in Pune and was telecast on Sunday, 7 November 2004, without a break, from 8 PM IST to 10 PM IST.[6]

CID: Special Bureau was a sub series of CID which began on 27 December 2004. Produced by Fireworks Productions, it aired on Monday and Tuesday nights. On 29 August 2005, the series aired Monday through Thursday nights. The series delved into cold cases that had been left unsolved for many years. The show dealt with one plot continued through two episodes. The series ended on 2 March 2006.

Beginning on 7 July 2006, a nationwide hunt called CID: Operation Talaash was launched, in search of a new officer to join the C.I.D. team, which ended on 1 September 2006. Vivek V. Mashru was selected to play the role of a police inspector.[7]

Sony Entertainment Television had launched CID: Gallantry Awards, an initiative to encourage and honour acts of bravery in society on 26 January 2010 Republic Day.[8] The second edition of this initiative was aired on 23 January 2011. The third and fourth editions were aired on 1 April 2012 and 14 April 2013 respectively.[9]

The series had many crossover episodes with many series. CID had three crossover episodes with the series Aahat. Once on 13 November 2009, second time on 12 February 2010 and third time on 25 June 2010. It also had crossover episodes with Adaalat, once in December 2010, second time on 15 July 2012 titled CID Viruddh Adaalat[10] and third time on 20 December 2014 titled CID Vs Adaalat – Karmyudh.[11] It also had crossover for two weeks in July 2014 with the series Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah.[12]

CID: Chhote Heroes was a sub-series of CID, which premiered on 1 February 2013. Produced by Fireworks Productions, this brand-extension series was aired Fridays in one hour episode where kids find a dead body, inform the CID cops about the murder and then help the CID cops in their investigation.

On 10 July 2015, Sony TV announced the Shaatir Lekhak Contest, in which 3 incomplete stories and clues were presented. Contestants were required to complete any one story out of three. The contest ended on 26 July 2015. The winning story will appear in episodes and prizes will also be given to the winner. From the total entries, 3 winners will be selected, one for each story. The result for the winners will be declared during one of the episodes of CID prior to 1 September 2015.[13] CID even introduced a series as Aakhri Chunauti.


Critical response[edit]

Rediff stated, "Its actors, or at least the core of the cast who have been a part of the series since its inception, ACP Pradyuman and Inspectors Abhijeet, Daya and Fredericks, are so popular they have become household names."[14]

Times of India stated, "CID which has constantly entertained its viewers with unique and challenging cases is also known for its different jokes in the world of internet."[15]


Rediff gave the series 3.5/5 stars, and stated, "Much of the credit for C.I.D's success should go to Singh, and its cast, especially Shivaji Satam who plays ACP Pradyuman."[14]

Rahul Hedge of Rediff giving the same ratings stated, "The crime detective series is still going strong".[16]


In 2002, Indian Telly Awards, Fireworks Productions won the award for Best Continuing TV Programme,[17] for Best Weekly Serial in 2006, 2009 and 2013 and for Best Thriller Programme in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2012, while Shivaji Satam (ACP Pradyuman) won for Best Actor in a Lead Role in 2002 and 2003.[17]

Pradeep Uppoor and B. P. Singh (producers) won Indian Television Academy Awards for Best Serial - Drama in 2002.[18] They also won ITA Awards for Best Thriller / Horror Serial in 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010, while in 2014, Santosh Shetty was nominated. ITA Awards for Best Teleplay in 2004, was won by Rajat Arora (writer), while B. P. Singh won for Best Director - Drama and for Best Videography in 2004.[19] B. P. Singh also won Indian Telly Jury Award for Best Director (thriller/crime/horror) in 2004 and 2005, while Christabelle D'Souza and Santosh Shetty in 2009 and Nandu Kale (directors) in 2012 were nominated for Best Director (thriller/crime/horror). ITA Awards for Best Actor in a Negative Role was won by Makarand Deshpande in 2005.[20]


The show is also broadcast by Geo Kahani in Urdu. A Bengali adapted version of C.I.D known as C.I.D. Kolkata Bureau airs on SET India's sister channel, Sony Aath.[21][22]


  1. ^ "CID - सी आई डी - Kissa Naamumkin Khoon Ka- Episode 1372 - 27th August, 2016". Sony TV. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "CID completes 1000 episodes". Times of India. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Uniyal, Parmita (25 May 2016). "Exclusive: Currently off air, CID will be back next month, confirms ACP Pradyuman aka Shivaji Satam". India Today. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Chasing criminals, cracking cases". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Unnikrishnan, Chaya. "Cops in demand". Indian Express. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "'CID' enters Limca Book of Records". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 3 November 2004. 
  7. ^ "Another hero enters CID – Entertainment – DNA". Daily News and Analysis. 15 September 2006. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Honour to ordinary". The Indian Express. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "An award night for valiants on TV". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "CID joins hands with KD Pathak from Adaalat!". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Sony to screen a telefilm with CID and Adaalat's cast". afaqs!. 19 December 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "CID & Tarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma to have a Mahasangram episode". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Chance to give a twist to 'CID' episode". The Indian Express. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "The TV show with the highest ratings". Rediff. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "Most popular jokes on CID". Times of India. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  16. ^ Rahul Hedge. "Just What Makes CID So Popular?". Rediff. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  17. ^ a b "The Winners of The Indian Telly Awards 2002". Indian Television. 
  18. ^ "Hero Honda Indian Television Academy Awards 2002". Indian Television Academy. 
  19. ^ "The Hero Honda Indian Television Academy Awards 2004". Indian Television Academy. 
  20. ^ "The Hero Honda Indian Television Academy Awards 2005". Indian Television Academy. 
  21. ^ "Sony TV's CID, now in Bengali". NDTV Movies. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Bengali 'CID' to hit small screen Nov 12". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 

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