MUMBAI—Ever since it began airing in 1998, Sony Entertainment Television’s “CID” has smashed several records. If the old B.R. Chopra show “Mahabharat” (on Doordarshan, India’s official and only channel then) is considered the “Sholay” of Indian television, “CID” may perhaps be compared to “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” as the longest running and cult show, which has now completed 20 years on Sony Entertainment Television – a record for any show on Indian television!
Following a pilot episode on Apr. 29, 1997, the series premiered on Jan. 21, 1998. It aired its 1000th episode Sep. 27, 2013.
With Shivaji Satam also known as ACP Pradyuman and other important cast members like Aditya Srivastava, Dayanand Shetty, Dinesh Phadnis, Shraddha Musale, Ansha Sayed and Narendra Gupta who started off as working colleagues graduating to very good friends who are more like family members now to each other, the show, conceived by whizkid B.P. Singh, solves crimes and murder mysteries and has been standing strong since two decades. Of course, there have been many cast changes in the show over the last two decades.
Said Satam, “We never realized it that ‘CID’ completed 20 years. It has been a great journey for us. We have always stayed together and spent time eating our meals, shooting and hanging out together. At first, we were colleagues when we all came together to put up this show, but now it feels like we are family. Spending so much of time together has only taught us to love and care for each other, and that is why ‘CID’ is the longest-running show in the whole world.”
He added, “We are so glad and honored that we can still see the support our audience gives us and we are known more from our reel names that our real names. It is a great feeling, and we would love to thank our friends and viewers for supporting us and the show.” Though its airtime and frequency of airing has kept changing, its current avatar in on weekends in India at 10 p.m.
The show is also broadcast by Geo Kahani in Urdu. A Bengali adapted version known as “C.I.D. Kolkata Bureau” airs on Sony’s sister channel, Sony Aath.