Crime Patrol (TV series)

Crime Patrol is an Indian Hindi crime 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 were created by Optimystix Entertainment. The series is set in Mumbai, India. The first and second season's episodes are 30 minutes long, while the following season's episodes are one hour long.

Crime Patrol
Title card of the current season
Also known asCrime Patrol Satark
Created bySubramanian S. Iyer
Developed bySubramanian S. Iyer
Neeraj Naik
Written bySubramanian S. Iyer
Directed bySubramanian S. Iyer
Presented by
StarringSee below
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes1231
Producer(s)Prem Krishen Malhotra
Sunil Mehta
Vipul D. Shah
Editor(s)Subrata Guha
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Cinevistaas Limited
Optimystix Entertainment
DistributorSony Pictures Networks
Original networkSony TV
Picture format480i
HDTV 1080i
Original release9 May 2003 (2003-05-09) 
Related showsCrime Patrol Dial 100
External links

The series, which premiered on May 9, 2003, is the longest-running reality crime television series in India.[1] It was the first show on Indian television where cameras traveled with the law enforcement authorities to capture crimes live.[2] The series is in its fifth season, which premiered on July 15, 2019.


The series presents dramatized versions of crime cases that occurred in India. Series anchor, Anup Soni, suggests the correct measures to avert crimes while narrating real-life stories revolving around harassment, kidnapping, and murder. The series opens its viewers’ minds with these cases by making them aware of the crime around them.[3]

Since June 2015, Crime Patrol has not only focused on creating awareness about crimes but has also aimed to help the victims depicted in the episodes.[4]


●Anurag J Sharma

Series overview

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
11349 May 2003 (2003-05-09)[2]3 March 2006 (2006-03-03)
28826 January 2010 (2010-01-26)[5]24 May 2010 (2010-05-24)
32824 September 2010 (2010-09-24)[6]25 December 2010 (2010-12-25)
41083 [7]29 April 2011 (2011-04-29)[8]9 December 2018 (2018-12-09)
5TBA15 July 2019 (2019-07-15)[9]TBA

Season 1 (2003–2006)

The first season was a weekly program airing on Friday nights, hosted by Diwakar Pundir who later was replaced by Shakti Anand in late 2004. Initially, the season became a hit.[10]

Season 2 (2010)

Due to the popularity of the first season, Sony TV decided to bring back the series for a second season. The second season was aired on Monday–Thursday nights. Season 2 was presented by Soni and Sakshi Tanwar. This time the season failed to manage TRP ratings.[5]

Season 3 (2010)

The third season was telecast on Friday and Saturday nights. The season once again was shut down early due to low TRP ratings.[6]

Season 4 (2011–2018)

After four months, the fourth season premiered.[8] The season managed to gain TRP ratings week by week. The fourth season was initially aired on Friday and Saturday nights.[8][11][12] From April 11, 2014, the series was aired three days a week on Friday–Sunday nights. The series was given a new title: Crime Patrol Satark (previously Crime Patrol Dastak until July 6, 2014).

During the last quarter of 2017, Soni decided to exit the series citing that he wanted to focus on his acting career in films. "I requested makers that I would like to focus on films and they were ok with it. They wanted me to complete my contract that ended this March-April", said Soni.[13]

Season 5 (2019–present)

The fifth season premiered on July 15, 2019, and airs on Monday–Friday nights. Soni returned to host the series after 15 months.[9]


A spin-off series Crime Patrol Dial 100 premiered on October 26, 2015, and aired on Monday–Thursday nights and was produced by different production companies.[14][15] It ended on July 12, 2019.

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.[16][17][18][19] 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.[20] The episode was aired in a two-episode part on 21 September 2013 and 22 September 2013.[21][22][23][24]

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 until 4 April 2013, upon the appeal by Chautala and others as the case was still in court and there was a possibility of bias of the show on the case.[25] On 2 March 2013, show was given clearance by High Court.[26] However, clearance was challenged in Supreme Court and on 6 March 2013, the episodes of this case were again put on hold.[27] 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.[28]

Special appearances


Critical response

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, Crime Patrol is hosted by Anoop Soni, an alumnus of the National School of Drama. It is 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."[32]

Riptide 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 until late at night to watch the 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 dramatized form."[33]


Palash Krishna Mehrotra of Daily Mail gave the series 4/5 stars, and further stated, "Another ingredient that works in favor of Crime Patrol is that they dramatize 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 headlines are still fresh in our memory; this gives the show urgency and contemporaneousness unparalleled in Indian television."[32]

Riptide 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."[33]


The series has won Star Guild Awards for Best Non-Fiction Series in 2013.[34]

The series has also won Indian Telly Awards for Best Thriller Programme in 2012 and 2013.[35] 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.[36] 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.[37]


A Bengali adapted version of Crime Patrol airs on Sony TV' sister channel, Sony Aath. The series was dubbed in Tamil version as Nimirnthu Nil (Stand upright) on Polimer TV. The series was dubbed in Telugu version as Tasmath Jagratta (Yadhardha Gadhalu) on Gemini TV.


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