CID (Indian TV series)

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Crime Investigation Department
Created by B. P. Singh
Creative director(s) Christabelle D'souza
Starring See below
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 1,454 (as of August 20, 2017)[1]
Location(s) Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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
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CID is an Indian detective television anthology series about Maharashtra and Mumbai'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 Pradyuman, Aditya Srivastava as Senior Inspector Abhijeet, Dayanand Shetty as Senior Inspector Daya, Dinesh Phadnis as Inspector Fredricks and Narendra Gupta as Dr. R. P. Salunkhe. These 5 main characters of the show also share a long-lasting bond by working in the series for almost the same period since its inception on Sony Entertainment Television. The location of the series is set in Mumbai, Maharashtra, 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 19 years in January 2017 and entering the 20th year of its run. The show airs on Saturday and Sunday nights at 10:00  pm IST. The series aired its 1,000th episode on 27 September 2013.[2][3]


The series is an investigative series consisting of criminal cases that are solved by the Crime Investigation Department. ACP Pradyuman (Shivaji Satam), Senior Inspector Abhijeet (Aditya Srivastava), Senior Inspector Daya (Dayanand Shetty) and Inspector Fredricks (Dinesh Phadnis) are an elite quadro of officers, who pursue criminals through detailed investigation along with their Sub-Inspectors Pankaj and Purvi (Ajay Nagrath and Ansha Sayed) and also seek the help of professional forensic experts Dr. R. P. Salunkhe (Narendra Gupta) and Dr. Tarika (Shraddha Musale) to solve high-profile cases.



The show initially used to air on Thursday nights at 10 pm IST for half hourly but was later changed to Friday nights. From 2006–2009, it used to air on Friday nights for one hour. On public demand from 2010–2013, the show used to air twice a week: Friday and Saturday nights from 10–11 pm IST. For some time in 2014 and 2015, CID aired three times a week; from Friday to Sunday nights. From 2016, it airs Saturday and Sunday nights at 10:30 pm IST.

"CID 111 / The Inheritance"[edit]

CID got into both the Limca Book of Records and the Guinness Book of World Records on 7 November 2004 for its record-breaking single shot episode of 111 minutes (1 hour and 51 minutes), titled "The Inheritance / CID 111" without a cut which director-producer B. P. Singh feels "every Indian should be proud of because no one has achieved this before". This special episode was shot between 6:30 pm IST and 8:21 pm IST on 8 October 2004 at Lonavala and was aired on Sunday, 7 November 2004 without a break from 8 pm IST to 10 pm IST.[4] This was a unique attempt and understandably was given a special slot.

Other Sub-Series[edit]

CID introduced its following sub-series during its 19 years of run on Indian Television:-

  • CID Files
  • CID Special Bureau
  • CID Operation Talaash
  • CID Most Wanted
  • CID Dhoom
  • CID Chase
  • CID Asambhav
  • CID Water Crime Stories
  • CID Khoon Ki Barsaat
  • CID Serial Killer Cases
  • CID Aakhri Chunauti
  • CID Abhijeet Ke Ateet Ka Raaz
  • CID Chhote Heroes
  • CID Rahsyamay Dwip
  • CID Ganga Series
  • CID Giraftaar Series
  • CID Mahasangam Series
  • CID Mission Mumbai
  • CID Karo Ya Maro


Marathi theatre veteran, Shivaji Satam, who plays ACP Pradyuman, had worked with B. P. Singh on many projects before CID "Having worked with B. P. on so many projects, I had to be a part of CID", said Satam. Dayanand Shetty (Daya) was spotted by Sanjay Shetty, a member of the CID 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 CID team. "I had agreed to only 26 episodes. In 1998, I was also doing some films, but B. P. Singh 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.[5]

CID 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 12th anniversary celebration plan.[6]

Other initiatives[edit]

CID: Special Bureau was a sub-series of CID which began airing from 27 December 2004. The series 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 being split into 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 CID team, which ended on 1 September 2006. Vivek V. Mashru was selected to play the role of a police inspector.[7]

CID presented CID: Most Wanted in 2007 to mark and celebrate the 9th year of the series on Indian Television. 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 on 3–4 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]

CID introduced "Aakhri Chunauti" which began airing from 24 September 2010 and was divided into 8 one-hourly episodes with the two-hourly special finale episode aired on 17 October 2010. In that, CID dealt with the encounter of international don 'Harpeez Dongara'.

CID also introduced "Abhijeet Ke Ateet Ka Raaz" which began airing from 24 December 2010. It dealt with Inspector Abhijeet dealing with his personal life issues and his amnesic problems and his past life before entering the CID team. The series ended on 22 January 2011 with 10 episodes.

CID: Chhote Heroes was a sub-series of CID, which premiered on 1 February 2013. The series aired on Fridays' nights for one hour, where kids were shown finding a dead body, informing the CID cops about the murder and then helping 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 was appeared in episodes and prizes were also given to the winner. From the total entries, 3 winners were selected, one for each story. The result for the winners were declared during one of the episodes of CID prior to 1 September 2015.[12]


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, Dr. R. P. Salunkhe, Senior Inspectors Abhijeet, Daya and Inspector Fredricks are so popular they have become household names."[13]

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."[14]


Rediff gave the series 4.5/5 stars, and stated, "Much of the credit for CID's success should go to Singh, and its cast, especially Shivaji Satam who plays ACP Pradyuman".[13]

Rahul Hedge of Rediff giving the same ratings stated, "The crime detective series is still going strong".[15]


In 2002, Indian Telly Awards, Fireworks Productions won the award for Best Continuing TV Programme,[16] 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.[16]

Pradeep Uppoor and B. P. Singh (producers) won Indian Television Academy Awards for Best Serial - Drama in 2002.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19]


The show is also broadcast by Geo Kahani in Urdu. A Bengali adapted version of CID known as C.I.D. Kolkata Bureau airs on SET India's sister channel, Sony Aath.[20][21]


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  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. ^ "'CID' enters Limca Book of Records". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 3 November 2004. 
  5. ^ "Chasing criminals, cracking cases". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Unnikrishnan, Chaya. "Cops in demand". Indian Express. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  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. ^ "Chance to give a twist to ‘CID’ episode". The Indian Express. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "The TV show with the highest ratings". Rediff. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "Most popular jokes on CID". Times of India. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  15. ^ Rahul Hedge. "Just What Makes CID So Popular?". Rediff. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "The Winners of The Indian Telly Awards 2002". Indian Television. 
  17. ^ "Hero Honda Indian Television Academy Awards 2002". Indian Television Academy. Archived from the original on 29 May 2012. 
  18. ^ "The Hero Honda Indian Television Academy Awards 2004". Indian Television Academy. Archived from the original on 26 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "The Hero Honda Indian Television Academy Awards 2005". Indian Television Academy. Archived from the original on 4 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Sony TV's CID, now in Bengali". NDTV Movies. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "Bengali 'CID' to hit small screen Nov 12". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 

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