CID (Indian TV series)

CID was an Indian police procedural television series about Maharashtra and Mumbai's Crime Investigation Department, created by B. P. Singh for Sony Entertainment Television India. The series stars Shivaji Satam as ACP Pradyuman, Aditya Srivastava and Dayanand Shetty as Senior Inspectors Abhijeet and Daya, Dinesh Phadnis as Inspector Fredricks and Narendra Gupta as Dr. Salunkhe.

Created byB. P. Singh
Directed byB. P. Singh
Creative director(s)Christabelle D'souza
StarringSee below
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes1,547
Production location(s)Mumbai,
Running time40–45 minutes
Production company(s)Fireworks Productions
DistributorSony Pictures Networks
Original networkSony Entertainment Television
Picture format
Original release21 January 1998 (1998-01-21) 
27 October 2018 (2018-10-27)
External links

The location of the series is set in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. The series premiered on 21 January 1998 and is the longest running television series in India. The last episode aired on 27 October 2018.[1] The series aired its 500th episode on 26 January 2008; 1,000th episode on 27 September 2013 and 1,500th episode on 25 February 2018. The show also re-runs on Sony's sister channel Sony Pal.[2][3]


  • Shivaji Satam as ACP Pradyuman (1998-2018)
  • Aditya Srivastava as Senior Inspector Abhijeet (1999–present)
  • Dayanand Shetty as Senior Inspector Daya (1998–present)
  • Dinesh Phadnis as Inspector Fredricks "Freddy" (1998–present)
  • Ajay Nagrath as Sub-Inspector Pankaj (2012–present)
  • Narendra Gupta as Dr. R.P. Salunkhe (1998–2002, 2007–present)
  • Shraddha Musale as Assistant Dr. Tarika (2007–present)
  • Hrishikesh Pandey as Inspector Sachin (2010-2016)
  • Abhay Shukla as Sub Inspector Nikhil (2011-2016)
  • Ansha Sayed as Sub Inspector Purvi (2012- present)
  • Janvi Chheda as Sub Inspector Shreya (2012-16, 2018)
  • Dhananjay Mandrekar as Inspector Sudhakar (1998–2005)
  • Ashwini Kalsekar as Inspector Asha (1998–2004)
  • Ashutosh Gowarikar as Inspector Virendra (1998–1999)
  • Sanjay Shemkalyanee as Sub-Inspector Desai (1998)
  • Pranav Verma as Sub-Inspector Shinde (1998)
  • Afshan Khan as Sub-Inspector Mridula (1998)
  • Tushar Dalvi as Inspector Jayant (1999)
  • Shweta Kawatra as Dr. Niyati Pradhan (2003, 2005–2007)
  • Mandeep Bhandar as Dr. Vrinda Wagle (2003–2004)
  • Mona Ambegaonkar as Dr. Anjalika Deshmukh (2004–2005)
  • Manav Gohil as Sub-Inspector Daksh (2004–2005)
  • Smita Bansal as Sub-Inspector Aditi (2004–2005)
  • Kavita Kaushik as Sub-Inspector Anushka (2005–2006)
  • Sai Deodhar as Sub-Inspector Priyanka (2005)
  • Rajeev Khandelwal as ACP Prithviraj (2005)
  • Vivek V. Mashru as Sub-Inspector Vivek (2006–2012)
  • Alka Verma as Sub-Inspector Muskaan (2006–2007)
  • Amar Upadhyay as Inspector Rishi (2006)
  • Priya Wal as Dr. Nyla Rajyadhaksha (2006–2007)
  • Parinita Seth as Sub-Inspector Kaveri (2008)
  • Jimmy Kunal Nanda as Sub-Inspector Lavanya (2008–2009)
  • Megha Gupta as Sub-Inspector Devyana (2007–2008)
  • Vaishnavi Dhanraj as Sub-Inspector Tasha (2009–2010)
  • Jasveer Kaur as Sub-Inspector Kajal (2010–2012)
  • Manini Mishra as Dr. Sonali Barwe (2010–2011)
  • Vikas Kumar as Senior Inspector Rajat (2012–2013)
  • Vineet Kumar Chaudhary as Sub-Inspector Vineet (2012–2013)
  • Neha Gadoria as Trainee Inspector Roma (2012)
  • Tanya Abrol as Sub-Inspector Jaywanti Shinde (2014–2016)
  • Jagjit Athwal as Sub-Inspector Vansh (2014–2016)
  • Vikas Salgotra as Sub-Inspector Mayur (2014–2016)
  • Pooja Khatri as Sub-Inspector Ishita (2014–2016)
  • Amaani Satrala as Sub-Inspector Divya (2014–2015)
  • Ankur Sharma Kabir as Sub-Inspector Karan (2014–2015)
  • Maninder Singh as Inspector Dushyant (2014)
  • Gaurav Khanna as Inspector Kavin (2014)
  • Abid Shaikh as Sub-Inspector Vikram (2014)
  • Vivana Singh as Cyber Inspector Ritu (2017–2018)
  • B. P. Singh as DCP Samsher Singh Chitrole (2005–2016)
  • Rahil Azam as Nakul Pradyuman (2004–2005, 2015)
  • Mahesh Manjrekar as Harpeez Dongara (2010)
  • Tarun Khanna as Sub-Inspector Suraj (2012–2013)
  • Deepak Shirke as ACP Digvijay (2012–2013)
  • Rahul Dev as Katori Damta (2016)
  • Karmveer Choudhary as Pratap Singh
  • Kuldeep Singh as Dr. Vaibhav (2014)
  • Tigmanshu Dhulia as Barbosa, Leader of the Eye Gang (2018)
  • KK Goswami as Dhenchu, DCP's informer (2013-2018)

CID: Special Bureau cast (2004–2006)

CID 111 – The Inheritance

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), entitled "The Inheritance" without a cut which writer – 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 – 8:21 PM IST on 8 October 2004 at Lonavala and was aired on 7 November 2004 (Sunday) without a break from 8 – 10 PM IST.[4]

Other sub-series

CID introduced its following sub-series during its 21 years of run on Indian Television. These sub-series aired alongside the main series:-

  • CID – Files (1998–2003)
  • CID – Special Bureau (2004–2006)
  • 10 Years Of Glory: CID – Most Wanted (2007)
  • CID – Water Crime Stories (2009)
  • CID – Serial Killer Cases (2009)
  • CID – Brides and Murders (2009)
  • CID – Aakhri Chunauti (2010)
  • CID – Abhijeet Ke Ateet Ka Raaz (2010–2011)
  • CID – Chase (2011)
  • CID – Dhoom (2011)
  • CID – Grahan (2012)
  • CID – Ganga (2013)
  • CID – Mission Mumbai (2014)
  • CID – Giraftaar (2014)
  • CID – Karo Ya Maro (2016)
  • 21 Years Of Bravery: CID vs The Eye (2017–2018)


Marathi theatre veteran, Shivaji Satam, who plays ACP Pradyuman, had worked with B. P. Singh on many projects before CID. He said in an interview: "Having worked with B. P. Singh on so many projects (initially being the Marathi sitcom Ek Shunya Shunya), I had to be a part of CID". Aditya Shrivastav, who portrays Senior Inspector Abhijeet, was introduced in the show as a criminal (in episode The Case of the Stolen Gun) but was later added into the team (in episode The Case of the Stolen Dynamite). "I had agreed to do only 26 episodes. In 1998, I was also doing some films, and B. P. Singh 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 Shrivastav. Singh wanted Srivastav to be part of his team after seeing his work in Ram Gopal Varma’s Satya. Dayanand Shetty, who portrays Senior Inspector Daya was spotted by Sanjay Shetty, a member of the CID production team in a community play in which he was adjudged best actor. Singh was so impressed with Shetty that he finalized him just 5 minutes into the audition.

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 2 hourly special episode "Aakhri Chunauti", and a part of the production team's 13th anniversary celebration plan.[5]

The show was decided to end suddenly by the channel and on 27 October 2019, the last episode was aired.[6][7] Rumours of the show getting cancelled was going rounds while the official statement by the channel stated the show will go off air for three months to give the producers enough time to reboot it. Further it was reported that “CID is not wrapping up. But it is going on a short break and that’s only for a creative reason. The makers haven’t received any closure letter from the channel that proves that they are still in contract with them. The break has been decided mutually by the makers and channel as they want to reboot the show.”[8] But no announcement of it returning was made since then. Actor Dayanand Shetty who played Daya quoted that the show would not return after this break saying, "No, I don’t think it’s coming back. I doubt it’s coming back. There can’t be a break. It’s just a convenient way of killing the show."[7]

Other initiatives

Beginning on 7 July 2006; a nationwide hunt called Operation Talaash was launched, in search of a new officer to join the CID team, which ended on 1 September 2006. Vivek V. Mashru who played Sub-Inspector Vivek, was selected to play the role.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

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]


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[13] and third time on 20 December 2014 titled CID v Adaalat – Karmyudh.[14]It also had a crossover with Sab TV's comedy series Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah for 4 episodes. Titled as "Mahasangram", it started and ended on July 2014.[15]


Critical response

Rediff stated, "Its actors, or at least the core of the cast who have been a part of the series since its inception are so popular they have become household names."[16]

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."[17]


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".[16]

Rahul Hedge of Rediff giving the same ratings stated, "The crime detective series is still going strong".[18]


Indian Telly Awards
2002Indian Telly AwardsBest Continuing TV ProgrammeFireworks Productions[19]
2002 Best Actor in a lead roleShivaji Satam[20]
2004Best Thriller ProgrammeB. P. Singh, Pradeep Uppoor
(Fireworks Production)
2006Best Weekly Serial
2007Best Thriller Programme
2009Best Weekly Serial
2010Best Thriller Programme
2012Best Thriller Programme
2013Best Weekly Serial
Indian Television Academy Awards
2000Indian Television Academy Awards Best Thriller / Horror SerialB. P. Singh, Pradeep Uppoor
(Fireworks Production)
2002Best Serial – Drama[22]
2004 Best TeleplayRajat Arora[23]
Best Director – DramaB. P. Singh[24]
Best Videography
2005 Best Actor in a negative roleMakrand Deshpande[25]
2007 Best Thriller / Horror SerialB. P. Singh, Pradeep Uppoor
(Fireworks Production)
Indian Telly Jury Awards
2004Indian Telly Jury AwardsBest Director (Thriller / Crime / Horror)B. P. Singh
2009Christabelle D'souza
Santosh Shetty
2012Nandu Kale


A Bengali adapted version of CID known as C.I.D. Kolkata Bureau airs on Sony Aath.[26][27]

See also


  1. "Sony's iconic CID to air final episode on October 27 before returning in all-new avatar". Hindustan Times.
  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. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2004.
  5. Unnikrishnan, Chaya. "Cops in demand". Indian Express. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  6. "CID: Case is closed". The Hindu.
  7. "Dayanand Shetty on CID going off-air: 'The channel should have informed us about it in advance". Times Now News.
  8. "Sony's iconic CID to air final episode on October 27 before returning in all-new avatar". Hindustan Times.
  9. "Another hero enters CID – Entertainment – DNA". Daily News and Analysis. 15 September 2006. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  10. "Honour to ordinary". The Indian Express. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  11. "An award night for valiants on TV". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  12. "Chance to give a twist to 'CID' episode". The Indian Express. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  13. "CID joins hands with KD Pathak from Adaalat!". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  14. "Sony to screen a telefilm with CID and Adaalat's cast". afaqs!. 19 December 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  15. "CID & Tarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma to have a Mahasangram episode – Times of India". The Times of India.
  16. "The TV show with the highest ratings". Rediff. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  17. "Most popular jokes on CID". Times of India. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  18. Rahul Hedge. "Just What Makes CID So Popular?". Rediff. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  19. "The Winners of The Indian Telly Awards 2002". Indian Television. Archived from the original on 28 November 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  20. "ITA Awards 2002 Winner list", Indian Telly Awards
  21. "ITA Awards 2003 Winner list", Indian Telly Awards
  22. "Hero Honda Indian Television Academy Awards 2002". Indian Television Academy. Archived from the original on 29 May 2012.
  23. "ITA Award 2004 winners list", ITA Awards, archived from the original on 26 May 2012
  24. "The Indian Television Academy Awards 2009". Archived from the original on 9 September 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  25. "The Hero Honda Indian Television Academy Awards 2005". Indian Television Academy. Archived from the original on 4 May 2012.
  26. "Sony TV's CID, now in Bengali". NDTV Movies. Archived from the original on 22 January 2015. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  27. "Bengali 'CID' to hit small screen Nov 12". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
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