Shivaji Satam aka ACP Pradyuman: Nowadays even marriages don’t last as long as CID!

Sony Entertainment Television’s long-running series CID will be completing 1,000 episodes on this Friday (September 27, 2013)

At a time, when most serials bids adieu within months of its launch, CID has successfully managed to complete 1000 episodes. A lot of CID’s success rests on the broad shoulders of Shivaji Satam, who plays ACP Pradyuman.

Satam has been part of the show since its inception. He’s carried costumes and props on the back of a Lambretta scooter during the early days of the show. He has accepted every challenge thrown at him and has come out with flying colors. He’s shot in knee-high snow, in scorching heat, and has done a 111-minute episode without a single cut.

How are you feeling about the completion of 1,000 episodes?

I am overwhelmed with the response that audience has given us. Completing 1000 episodes is really a great achievement for the whole CID team. I wish and pray to keep growing in the same flow and complete another 1000 episodes. Every episode was an enjoyable experience for me and I have gained a lot of popularity from this show. I love the entire team of CID and congratulate everyone for their support in getting this achievement. I would like to thank all my fans, the very supportive cast and crew, Sony Channel and an amazing production house for the immense support and appreciation.

What makes CID a unique concept as compared to others?

CID is an officially branded fantasy show. 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.

What special will the viewer’s get to see in the 1000th episode?

CID is the only crime friction show which has been running since 16 years and has managed to win the hearts of millions by its power packed episodes. It has always been known for its innovative ideas when it comes to keeping the audiences glued to their seats with new cases. The 1000th episode will not disappoint its viewers; the episode will have the CID team investigating on a dangerous island where their life would be at stake.

What would you like to comment on the off screen bonding between 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 16 years. In CID we are like a family. We have known each other for so long that our equation with each other feels very real. Aditya, Daya, Freddy and I, are like brothers.

What is the basic message that we aim to communicate with the show?

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 generalise 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 suggesting capital punishment for the criminal despite the fact that it hardly happens in India. Hopefully, we can put a little fear into the audiences and make them believe that crime is not good and at the end of the day you have to pay for it.

What prompted you to do a special series of the ever-popular show CID?

Though the programme is very popular and has lasted for 16 years, it’s very important to keep innovating in terms of presentation and story-telling. One of our USPs is 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).