A tribute to CID

In 1997, BP Singh was already renowned as a director of fast paced investigative serials. He cut his teeth making the really cool Marathi detective serial, “100” (starring Shivaji Satham in what was just a prelude of the awesome things to come). Then he came to Sony in the late 90s and started a horror serial named Aahat. Slicker than the Ramsays but cheesier than the English ones, Aahat was genuinely scary at times and was a huge success. Based on this, the people at Sony gave Mr. Singh another timeslot to fill with his awesomeness. And then we got
It started as a slicker and Hindi version of 100. The serial was fast paced, the acting urgent and the villains sufficiently twisted. With time, the plots became bigger (I remember a plot of a virus about to destroy Mumbai which was really well executed), the characters got more human and started displaying some quirky traits. Some of the traits are:
• ACP Pradhyuman (Shivaji Satham) shows a tendency to always put his hand on hips while contemplating and spin an imaginary ball while brainstorming.
• Dr. Salunkhe (Narendra Gupta) shows a penchant for talking to dead bodies, getting into shouting matches with the CID officers and showed a new found love for funky haircut in the noughties.
• Inspector Fredericks (Dinesh Phadnis) became more goofy and the butt of jokes. He has recently begun to do shero shayari on CID, no doubt inspired by the internet.
• Senior Inspector Abhijeet (Aditya Shrivastava) has shown a penchant of being a proper badass. (Interesting trivia – Before paying the role of the cool inspetor, Aditya Shrivastava also played the role of a man about to commit murder with the brave souls trying to stop him. Maybe, on seeing the smartness of the CID, our would be murderer decided to show criminal life the bird and become one of CID. That would be an interesting story – arc.)
• Inspector Daya (Daya Shetty. And you thought I was forgetting about him) has shown a penchant for being built as an ox and a weakness for taking doors involuntarily out of their hinges. Google search “Daya, darwaaza tod do” and you would know the popularity that the door breaking activity has bought to the gentle giant and his team.
(Even more interesting trivia – Before the reign of Inspector Abhijeet, ACP Pradhyuman’s right hand man was one Inspector Virendra. This character was played by none other than Ashutosh Gowarikar. He left the show to direct a film you may know about. It was nominated for some Oscar. I still think of it as being directed by one of good ol’ ACP’s acolytes.)

As the show has run for so many years, while its quality may have declined and continuity gone for a toss because of so many personnel changes, it still ensures that you are entertained. The stories may have become too predictable but you go along with it because you love these quirky characters and their loud acting. There are loopholes galore (been 12 years and the ACP is still an ACP, Daya still an inspector and Abhijeet senior inspector. No promotions. No one loves their job so much to tolerate not getting promoted for this long.) but you ignore them. I believe that CID has become that type of show which is watched not for the story but to see how many times the ACP spins the ball, what new crazy behavioral trait the funky haired doc shows, how many doors Daya breaks and how many times Fredericks is teased. It has become an event.

Nothing shows the level of cult popularity that CID has achieved better than the internet. There are thousands of followers of such pages named as “Darwaza band hain sir. Daya, darwaaza tod do.” There are ACP Pradhyuman fan sites all over. CID is one of the first Indian show to have gone viral. And while shows like Star Trek have got fan fiction, CID has got CID shaayaris. In fact these shayaris are what got me hooked to CID again after work made me miss it from 2003 onwards. This is a good example for TV and film people. Viral marketing can work if done correctly even in India.

Enough of the sermon. I end this post with some of the CID shers I made up in my demented mind. Read and enjoy (please do not break a door with too much happiness or disgust):

Hindi mein kehte hain eeton ko bricks
Hindi mein kehte hain eeton ko bricks
Maar khaayega Daya ke haaton
Ek din Fredericks

Chali gayi hai light, band ho gaye Pankhe
Chali gayi hai light, band ho gaye Pankhe
Laash kya bataa rahi hai, Dr. Salunkhe

Bhaaron phool barsaao,
Mera Mehboob aaya hain,
Pata lagao Abhijeet,
Ye bakwaas sher kisne banaaya hai.

Agar ye case solve nahi hua
to barsaaenge humpe ACP sau kode,
Isliye O Daya,
kripaya aap ye darwaaza tode.

Chaudhvi ka Chaand ho,
Ya Aaftaab ho,
Daya, pata lagao,
Ye Aaftaab wo nahi jisne khoon kiya hai.

Mera jeevan kora kaagaz,
Kora hi reh gaya
Daya sir aaye nahi,
Isliye darwaaza khada hi reh gaya



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9 responses to “A tribute to CID

  1. Akshay

    Well said boss………………

    But dal me jarrur kuch kala hai,
    pata karo abhijeet khoni kahan se bhaga hai
    Daya pata lagao khoni ke kaun kaun dost hai
    Fredricks……..gadi chalao…….

    Abhijeet now has gone to lab for Dr. Tarika
    Daya khuni ke dosto ke darwaze tod raha hai
    Fredricks…….errrrr…..busy wid CID shayaris

  2. an admirer

    My humble contribution to shaayari.
    Dr Salunkhe aur Taarika ga rahe hain pyaar bhare geet.ACP sahab bole kuch to gadbad hai abhijeet.
    Insaan 3 type ke hote hai
    Human, super human ACP Pradyuman.
    I am a die hard fan of CID. Inspector Abhijeet is my favorite. I have a humble suggestion. On some rare occasions I see that the final culprit in the episode is a victim of circumstances. Eg the episode Werewolf ( I am not sure of the name ). Its was about a son who was abandoned by his parents because of an ailment which God forbid should not have to any one. He was suffering from excessive hair all over his body. He grows up and realizes his sister was ill-treated by her husband and is murdered. He kills the husband and a some more men who are wife beaters. CID arrests him and tells him tumhe to phaansi hogi. Definitely he deserved punishment ie life imprisonment. But considering the fact that he was disinherited or abandoned by parents (human psychology reveals this can leave a child very disgruntled.) that too because of a terrible ailment does not deserve capital punishment. Some one please correct me if I am wrong. A medically unfit person cant be hanged in any case.

    • an admirer

      Please dont get me wrong. What I mentioned was a Humble suggestion not criticizm so that this brilliant serial becomes flawless.

  3. Niraj Sharma

    I frequently see CID episodes. I often wonder who is the toughest of them all.
    Most people would vote for Daya. But I feel Abhijeet holds the edge. Like to see an episode where they face off with each other ie fist fight. They have clashed earlier but their clash was never a very intense one to identify the clear winner.

    • Niraj

      I saw the film Kaalo yesterday. Aditya Srivastava ( Abhijeet in CID ) really had come up with a powerhouse performance. Would like to see more of these actors in films as well

      • cid jokes and cid shayri is common. No serial is perfect CID too may have flaws but one puzzling flaw is that Mumbai ti tap tapati dhup mein bhi ACP Pradumand Suit main nazar aate hain. Kya unhe garmi naheen lagti

  4. Another CID joke. Many years ago Rajnikant had encouraged a thin boy to open a door. Aaj voh ladka cid ke inspector daya ke naam se jaana jaata hai.

  5. reddevils

    truly the greatest show ever made. not just for the characters but also the plots. each episode takes us deeper into that worm hole and only smoking more stuff can help us understand this great show

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