SHIVAJI SATAM - “CID is the only crime fiction show on air since 18 years”

CID has completed over 1000 episodes in 18 years. Shivaji Satam, plays ACP Pradyuman since inception and carried props on the back of a Lambretta scooter during the early days of the show and accepted every challenge thrown at the cast and come out with flying colors.

By Jyothi Venkatesh

How are you feeling on the milestone achievement of completing 1000 episodes? I am overwhelmed with the response that
audience has given us. Completing over 1000 episodes is really a great achievement for the whole C.I.D team. I wish and pray that we keep growing in the same flow and complete yet another 1000 episodes. Every episode has been an enjoyable experience for me and I have gained a lot of popularity from this show. I love the entire team of C.I.D and congratulate everyone for the support for achieving this feat.  

What makes CID a unique concept?
CID is a fantasy show. It is an officially branded fantasy. All our audiences relate to the characters and that’s why they watch them. Over the years the characters have become much more real for the audiences, even though they are larger than life. So automatically they feel that what these characters do is real. It’s just an acceptance in the audience’s mind. CID is the only crime friction show which has been running since 18 years of time period and has managed to win the hearts of millions every time by its power- packed episodes. It has been always known for its innovative ideas when it comes to keeping audiences glued to their shows with interesting new cases.  

What would you like to comment on the off-screen bonding between all the actors?
Even marriages don’t last that long nowadays. Yet, that’s what the team of CID has managed to do. It takes a lot of commitment and dedication to your work to be able to overlook differences and work together for sixteen years. In CID we are like just another family. We know each other so well for so long that we know what you see on screen is how we are. We don’t put on any airs like celebrities are expected to do. We are like any other middle class family and believe in the same things. Aditya, Daya, Freddy and I, we feel that we are brothers from a different birth.

What is the basic message that CID aims to communicate with the audiences?
All over India, by and large, people don’t want to go and report to the police because it’s not as simplified as you see it on TV. But still we encourage people to do it. You can’t generalize that the police don’t work; there are a lot of cops who take their jobs very seriously and are doing the right thing. Also, at the end of every show, we keep on suggesting capital punishment for the criminal despite the fact that we hardly have any phansi happening in India. Hopefully, we can put a little fear into the audiences and make them believe that crime is not good, it never pays and at the end of the day you have to pay for it.

What do you wish to say in conclusion?
Though the show is very popular and has lasted for over 18 years, it’s very important to keep innovating in terms of presentation and story-telling. One of our USPs is the outdoor location shoots. While others find it difficult to have regular outdoors, we are very comfortable with it. Sony also supports us wholeheartedly in terms of finance. We have achieved most of our targets (getting a rating of 5 plus was one of them).  

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