On 21 January 1998, Sony Entertainment Television and Fireworks Productions launched a weekly crime thriller called C.I.D. C.I.D. set a record on 7 November 2004, when B. P. Singh entered the Limca Book of Records and Guinness Book of World Records for canning an entire episode named "The Inheritance" / C.I.D. 111 in a single shot of 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) without a single cut.
According to an old interview with B. P. Singh, he shot six episodes of C.I.D. on Doordarshan (DD) in 1986 'even before Sony TV saw its first daylight'.
On 3 January 2005, Sony Entertainment Television and Fireworks Productions launched a daily investigative thriller called CID Special Bureau, which had a run of 168 episodes, and ended on 27 April 2006. CID Special Bureau was also aired on SAB TV.
Beginning on 7 July 2006, a nationwide hunt called "C.I.D. Operation Talaash" was launched, in search of a new officer to join the C.I.D. team, which ended on 1 September 2006. Viivek V. Mashru was declared the winner of the hunt, taking the role of a police inspector who bears his name.
After its success, C.I.D.'s producers arranged an award function — CID Gallantry Awards — on 26 January 2010, on Sony Entertainment Television to celebrate their 12th anniversary.
The C.I.D. team currently consists of officers ACP Pradyuman, Senior Inspector Abhijeet, Senior Inspector Daya, Inspector Fredricks, Inspector Sachin, Sub-Inspector Vivek, Sub-Inspector Kajal, Sub-Inspector Purbi and Forensic experts Dr. Salunkhe, and Dr. Tarika portrayed by Shivaji Satam, Aditya Srivastava, Dayanand Shetty, Dinesh Phadnis, Hrishikesh Pandey, Vivek Mashru, Jasveer Kaur, Ansha Saeed, Narendra Gupta, and Shraddha Musale respectively.
Cast and characters
|ACP Pradyuman||ACP||Shivaji Satam||1998–present||Referred to as 'Inspector Shrikant Patkar' in the first three cases. Temporarily replaced by ACP Prithviraj in Nov/Dec 2005 for three episodes. He is the leader of the CID team. He believes that duty comes above everything else and proves that by killing Nakul, his own son, a criminal. He shows genuine concern and is affectionate towards his officers.|
|Abhijeet||Senior Inspector||Aditya Srivastava||1998–present||Originally joined the team as an Inspector to replace Viren, debuted in the episode "Case of Stolen Dynamite." He lost his memory on being hit with a rod in a 1998 case. He is a close friend of colleague Senior Inspector Daya Gada|
. Even though his memory keeps testing and pestering him, he is considered to be one of the best, most intelligent, and most honest officers in the team. He is the best shooter in CID, and can shoot with his eyes closed. He is shown to have a major crush on Dr. Tarika. Before acting as Abhijeet, he played the role of a criminal, Paresh, in a 1998 case "The Case of Stolen Gun" and stole ACP's gun. He got many awards for playing the role. 
|Daya||Senior Inspector||Dayanand Shetty||1998–present||Originally joined the team as a Sub-Inspector. He is the strongest of the officers, popular for breaking open the doors and slapping the criminals. One of the smartest officers, he often risks his life to save Abhijeet. He won an award for the best-looking man in Indian television in 2002.|
|Fredricks (Freddy)||Inspector||Dinesh Phadnis||1998–present||Joined the team as Sub-Inspector. In earlier cases, he was better known as Michael. He had a serious role to play from 1998 to 2005 but has gained a comic role since. He is a soft-hearted person and is greatly affectionate towards his wife Manisha.|
|Vivek||Inspector||Vivek V. Mashru||2006–present||He was selected in a contest held by CID Productions named 'Operation Talash'. First seen in the episode "The Case of the Killer Eyes" (September 29, 2006), he shares a great chemistry with Fredricks and often makes fun of him but is closest to him. He was also shown to have a liking for Tasha.|
|Sachin||Inspector||Hrishikesh Pandey||2010–present||He joined the CID team in the episode "Khooni Deewar" (May 7, 2010). In the first case after his return in 2010, he was known as Siddhart and suspected to be the criminal as everyone thought that he makes fake notes. He was proven innocent and represented "CID Undercover" (a team of detectives who keep their identity hidden); he was hiding his name Siddhart and known as Sachin from the episode "Maut Ka Aashirwad" (May 14, 2010) and finally joined.|
|Kajal||Sub-Inspector||Jasveer Kaur||2010–present||Debuted in the episode "Maut Ka Aashirwad" (May 14, 2010). At first, she was not allowed to join because her brother Rahul was suspected to be a criminal because everyone thought that he added poison on the ashes of the blessing; he was proven innocent. She played criminal roles in "The Case Of The Mysterious Gift" in which she killed two men and "The Case Of The Talking Parrot" in which she kidnapped Abhijeet and assaulted Muskaan.|
|Nikhil||Sub-Inspector||Abhay Shukla||2011–present||He is a very talented and able cop.He was a replacement for Vivek as he left the team.But later he rejoined the team after some episodes and he(role of Nikhil) too continued.He is now able to work hard and be serious in his work.HE has great affection for Senior Inspector Daya and considers C.I.D. Team as his family.|
|Purvi||Sub-Inspector||Ansha Sayed||2011–present||Debuted in the episode "Kissa Pagal Aashiq Ka" (July 30, 2011). At first she captured a kidnapping gang with three senior officers — Daya, Abhijeet and Fredricks — at a dance bar.Also appears in Episode 473|
|Dr. R. P. Salunkhe||Narendra Gupta||1998–2003|
|He was formerly known as Dr. Verma in early 1998. He was initially portrayed as a bald guy, but got his hair transplanted before his return in 2007. He frequently argues with ACP Pradyuman, Dr. Sonali, and Abhijeet but has a soft spot for the C.I.D. team.|
|Dr. Tarika||Shraddha Musale||2007–present||Debuted in the case "The Don's Final Revenge" (August 10, 2007). Assists Dr. Salunkhe in the Forensic Lab. Sr. Inspector Abhijeet has a liking for her. Although she, too harbours the same feelings for him, she is more discreet about them.She had became a good friend of her senior Dr Sonali as they worked together.She was in hypnosis in the episode "Aawaazein."|
|Dr. Sonali Barwe||Manini Mishra||2010–present||Debuted in the case "Rahasyamai Darwaza" (May 21, 2010). An arch rival of Dr. Salunkhe; they argue a lot. According to the storyline, it is said that she and Dr. Salunkhe studied together at college.She had became a good friend of Dr Tarika as they worked together.She was the first member of C.I.D. to be kidnapped by Herpes Dongara during "Aakhri Chunauti.Currently she is not appearing in the show." (September 24, 2010 – October 17, 2010)|
|Dr. Niyati Pradhan||Shweta Kawatra||2003 (recurring)|
|She was a very able forensic doctor. She did not get along with ACP Pradyuman but they later reconciled.|
|Dr. Anjalika Deshmukh||Mona Ambegaonkar||2004–2005||A widow of a senior cop. She thought ACP Pradyuman was the killer of her husband but was proved wrong. Later, she proved to be an able forensic doctor and helped the team a lot. She placed a lot of faith in ACP Pradyuman, after he was proven innocent.|
|Dr. Nyla Rajyadhaksha||Priya Wal||2006–2007||She was a brilliant doctor and was often lauded by the team for her efforts. Vivek was shown to have a minor crush on her.|
|Forensic experts in the earliest cases||unknown||1998||The first forensic doctor was never called by his name and was known as Dr. Saheb. In the first episode of C.I.D., there were two forensics doctors, one for autopsies and the other for toxicology. After that, there was a doctor, who stayed there for a considerable amount of time before Dr. Verma arrived. The doctor before him had scrawny eyes, thick glasses and was almost bald. He had a French-cut beard and he was of medium height and weight. In the third period of Dr. Salunkhe (2007–present), a dumb doctor arrived who was also unknown.|
Recurring and minor characters
|Virendra (Viren)||Inspector||Ashutosh Gowariker||1998–1999|
|Ankur||Assistant Inspector||Ankur Chachra||1998|
|Desai||Sub-Inspector||Sanjay Shemkalyanee||1998||1 episode||Deceased (killed in the line of duty).|
|Dipankar||DCP||Dilip Kulkarni||1999, 2000||4 episodes|
|Baldev Raj||DIG||Shri Vallabh Vyas||2002||2 episodes||He was seen in many cases, like the "Hidden Sniper" (a 2000 case), and "The Case of the broken Shoelace" (a 2001 case). He also acted as a criminal in episodes like the "Case of the Headless Corpse" (March 23, 2007), "The case of the Counterfeit Cop" (a 2001 case), and also as an officer in "The Case Of The 639 Coins" (21–28 June 2002).|
|unknown||DCP||Ahmed Khan||2002, 2005|
Other popular characters
|Malhar||unknown||2004||2 episodes||Daya's Nephew.|
|Nakul||Rahil Azam||2004–2005||10+ episodes||Criminal son of ACP Pradyuman, was associated with multiple terrorist gangs. Killed by his father.|
|Varun||Aashif Sheikh||2005||4 episodes||Aditi's fiance.Rajeev khandelwal ACP PRITHIVRAJ Seen in episode of face off|
rajeev khandelwal ACP prithivraj seen in episode of face off . he has done 8 episode only till trail in london.
|Vikram||unknown||2005||6 episodes||The criminal Tantera's son, who mistook Abhijeet as his father.|
|Viren||unknown||2008||2 episodes||College friend of Senior Inspector Abhijit.|
|Shruti||Shalini Kapoor||2008||4 episodes||Wife of Viren.|
|News Reporter/Devoted wife||Kishwar Merchant||2008,2010-2011||3 episodes|
|Harpeez Dongara (HD)||Mahesh Manjrekar||2010||9 episodes||Appeared in the episode(s) "Aakhri Chunauti" (24 September–17 October 2010). Was on the trail to kill the ACP and destroy the whole CID Team. Kidnapped all the officers in the order of Dr. Sonali, Dr. Tarika, Sub-Inspector Kajal, Inspector Fredericks, Sub-Inspector Vivek, Dr. Salunkhe, Inspector Sachin, and Sub-Inspector Tasha to weaken the CID. Killed by Sr. Inspector Abhijit during an encounter in Paris, France, also including ACP Pradyuman and Sr. Inspector Daya.|
====CID Special Bureau====
|ACP Ajatshatru||ACP||Anoop Soni||2004–2005||He was seen in "The Case Of The Blackout" (15–22 March 2002) – 2 parts.|
|Akshay||Senior Inspector||Salil Ankola||2003–2005|
|Pratap||Senior Inspector||Nimai Bali||2003–2005|
|ACP Satyakand||ACP||Sudhanshu Pandey||2003–2004|
CID Special Bureau
The "CID Special Bureau" consists of seven officers from different functions and disciplines within the department. Their areas of expertise range from advanced forensic techniques, such as ballistics, DNA testing, carbon dating, etc, to graphology and clinical psychology. The fact that they come from different backgrounds enables them to complement each others' strengths in a unique way.
Visual recreation of a crime as the layers of mystery gradually open in the course of investigation, makes the show a class above other shows in the genre.
Record ("The Inheritance/ C.I.D. 111") Episode
The popular detective series got into both the Limca Book of Records and the Guinness Book of World Records for its record-breaking single shot episode, a feat which director B P Singh feels every "Indian should be proud of because no one has achieved this before." More than a decade ago, in 1987, Singh shot an episode of his Marathi detective series Ek Shunya Shunya in a single take of 22 minutes.
Titled "The Inheritance", this episode is about a hotelier who comes down from South Africa to wind up his business and sort out his inheritance. All his relatives gather at the hotel in the hope of getting a share of his property. A murder takes place amidst them and the owner summons the CID. Just when the CID team thinks it has tracked the killer, two more murders are committed, this time in the presence of the CID thus intensifying the suspense.
This unique episode aired on Sunday, 7 November 2004, at 8:00 pm IST. Shot continuously for 111 minutes, the show was given a special slot. Starring in Singh's innovative experiment were Avinash Wadhwan and Krutika Desai, among others.
CID Operation Talaash
It was a contest held by the CID production team to choose a new candidate for the team. This contest was held in the year 2006 (7 July – 1 September). Many contestants (including celebrities) were tested by the major CID Team – ACP Pradyuman, Abhijeet and Daya. Finally, on September 1, they found their winner, Vivek V. Mashru, who plays the role of Sub-Inspector Vivek.
CID Gallantry Awards
Sony Entertainment Television announced the CID Gallantry Awards, an initiative to encourage and honour acts of bravery in society in 2010. The winners were awarded in the presence of distinguished guests and celebrities in a grand function in Mumbai.
The idea of the CID Gallantry Awards is to honor the feats of people who have performed selfless acts of bravery for the benefit of their fellow citizens and to encourage the new generation to be courageous and brave as well. The winner was given Rs. 1 lakh while the runner up received Rs. 50,000.
The jury for the award consists of personalities including Gerson Da Cunha, who is an actor, social worker and an author; Aushtosh, managing editor of IBN 7; Shanta Gokhale, writer, translator, cultural critic and theatre historian; and Kavita Karkare, wife of 26/11 martyr Hemant Karkare.
Salman Khan was the special guest of honour at the CID Gallantry Awards. Anu Malik, Kailash Kher, Aditya Srivastav, Shivaji Satam, Dayanand Shetty, Munisha Khatwani, Kashmira Shah, Manasi Verma, Vaishnavi Dhanraj, Vivek V. Mashru, Alka Verma, Shweta Kawatra, Manav Gohil, Shweta Keswani, Alex O’Neil, Ronit Roy and other TV personalities had graced the ceremony.