Crime Patrol (TV series)
Inter-title of Crime Patrol Satark
|Created by||Subramanian S. Iyer|
|Developed by||Subramanian S. Iyer and Neeraj Naik|
|Written by||Subramanian S. Iyer|
|Directed by||Subramanian S. Iyer|
|Creative director(s)||Ankur Nayak|
|Presented by||Diwakar Pundir
Shakti Anand (Season 1)
Saakshi Tanwar (Season 2)
Anoop Soni (Season 2–4)
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||616 (as of 5 February 2016)|
|Producer(s)||Prem Krishen Malhotra and Sunil Mehta (Season 1)
Sanjeev Sharma and Vipul D. Shah (Season 2–4)
|Running time||42 minutes approx.|
|Production company(s)||Cinevistaas Limited (Season 1)
Optimystix Entertainment (Season 2–4)
|Original network||Sony Entertainment Television India
Sony Entertainment Television Asia
|Picture format||480i (SDTV),
|Original release||9 May 2003– Present|
|Related shows||Savdhaan India|
Crime Patrol is an Indian crime reality television anthology series created by Subramanian S. lyer for Sony Entertainment Television India and Sony Entertainment Television Asia. The first season was created by Cinevistaas Limited, while later seasons are created by Optimystix Entertainment. The location of the series is set in Mumbai, India. The episodes of first and second seasons were half–hourly, while episodes of third season were one hourly. Conceived as a reality series, it was the first show on Indian television, where cameras traveled with the law enforcement authorities to capture crimes live.
The series which premiered on 9 May 2003, is the longest running reality crime television series in India, having completed twelve years in 2015.
The series, whose motto is "Crime never pays" presents dramatized version of crime cases that occurred in India. Series anchor, Anup Soni suggests the right measures to avert crimes, narrating real-life stories revolving around harassment, kidnapping and murders. The series open the audiences’ minds with these cases making them aware of the dreadful incidences around them.
From June 2015, Crime Patrol team not only focuses on creating awareness about crimes, but it also aims to help the victims on whom their episodes are based.
The third season was telecast on Friday and Saturday nights and was hosted by Anoop Soni.
The fourth season was initially aired on Friday and Saturday nights. Due to the popularity of the series, the channel decided to air the series on Friday to Sunday nights from 11 April 2014. Now again, the format of the series has changed on 26 October 2015. The series now airs daily at the late time slot and the episodes are now being produced by a few production companies, including Optimystics Entertainment.
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||134||9 May 2003||3 March 2006|
|2||88||26 January 2010||24 June 2010|
|3||28||24 September 2010||25 December 2010|
|4||TBA||29 April 2011||TBA|
Impact of ongoing cases
Bhartiya Stree Shakti (Nagpur Wing), a non-governmental organisation, Information and Broadcasting Ministry of India intervened and asked Sony Entertainment Television not to telecast a program about the Delhi gang-rape case. But on 10 September 2013, the show was given permission to present the 2012 Delhi gang rape case on their show, and subsequently the promos of the episode were also aired. The episode was aired in a two-episode part on 21 September 2013 and 22 September 2013.
Sony TV was to air episodes based on Om Prakash Chautala teacher recruitment scam in the show. On 22 February 2013 Delhi High Court restrained Sony TV from telecasting the related episodes till 4 April 2013, upon the appeal by Chautala and others as the case was still in court and there was a possibility of a bias of the show on case. On 2 March 2013, show was given clearance by High court. However, clearance was challenged in Supreme Court and on 6 March 2013, the episodes of this case were again put on hold. On 3 May 2013, the Supreme Court allowed Sony TV to telecast episodes as the trial was complete and judgment of conviction and sentence are in public domain.
Crime Patrol generally receives positive reviews from critics. Palash Krishna Mehrotra of Daily Mail positively stated, "Crime Patrol on Sony is the best of the lot. In its fourth season now, Patrol is hosted by Anoop Soni, an alumnus of the National School of Drama. It's hugely popular, playing every day of the week. They do special episodes with no ad breaks, and back-to-back marathons, which are bound to leave the most hardened and cynical viewer riddled with paranoia and fear."
Ripti Malhotra of India TV also positively stated, "The popularity of Crime Patrol is quite high that airs on Sony on weekends. The show is so popular that it keeps people awake till late night to watch latest episodes. This show is not just a show that airs crime stories but is a true depiction of real life happenings presented in a dramatised form."
Palash Krishna Mehrotra of Daily Mail gave the series 4/5 stars, and further stated, "Another ingredient that works in favour of Crime Patrol is that they dramatise recent events, like the Baby Falak case, or the college girl who was mysteriously shot dead by an unknown assassin on a foot overbridge in Delhi. These are headlines still fresh in our memory; this gives the show an urgency and contemporaneousness unparalleled in Indian television."
Ripti Malhotra of India TV giving the same ratings further stated, "The show is presented in such a way that will not threaten you but will make you conscious enough with that extra punch and appeal. Overall, to make the show convincing is the major responsibility of the host."
The series has also won Indian Telly Awards for Best Thriller Programme in 2012 and 2013. Subramanian S Iyer and Amit Jha (directors) won Indian Telly Jury Award for Best Director (thriller/crime/horror) in 2012, while Durgesh Pesharwar and Shailendra were nominated. Jevan Jena and Subramanian S Iyer were also nominated for the same category of the same award in 2013. Subramanian S Iyer was nominated for Best Screenplay Writer (drama series & soap) of Indian Telly Jury Awards in 2012, while won in 2013. Charudutt Acharya won Indian Telly Jury Award for Best Dialogue Writer (drama series & soap) in 2013. The series was nominated for Best Weekly Serial of Indian Telly Awards in 2012 and 2013 and for Best Thriller / Horror Serial of Indian Television Academy Awards in 2014.
Some actors too have received critical acclaim for being part of this show repeatedly viz Nissar Khan, Rajendra Shisatkar, Moin Khan, Rohit Tiwari, Sanjiv Tyagi, Gulshan Pandey , Anurag J Sharma(Anurag Sharma-Just An Actor) and Abhishek Khandekar. These actors have repeatedly acted as police officers in the show. The actors who repeatedly acted in the show are mainly non glamorous with non-conventional looks whether they were acting as police officers or were normal story based characters. The show has same tint and tension which is seen in movies directed by Anurag Kashyap and lately by Ram Gopal Varma.
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